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New laptop with preinstalled AntiVirus-should I remove it?


mibaup

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#1
Hello,

I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad and saw it came with presinstalled "McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security".
Is it really an Anti Virus? because it mentions more things about data theft rather than being an Anti Virus.
Should I maybe remove it and install Avast, which I've been using since I remember having Windows?

By the way, I also downloaded Malwarebyte Anti-malware and it came with 1 month of full version trial that includes real-time protection. Is it going to interfere with the Antivirus real-time protection?

Thanks!
 

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softwaremaniac

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Yes, it is an AV. You can safely remove it if you want. Most notebooks come with preinstalled software. Malwarebytes realtime componenet should be disabled if you are planning on using Avast AV.
 

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CountMike

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I have seen too many troubles with McAfee to recommend it and if you are satisfied and used to Avast, I'm all for it. If you are going to uninstall McAfee, make sure you use it's removal program: Download McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool - MajorGeeks but look here first: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
Full version of Malwarebytes is not going to clash with AV but a free version which is not resident should be enough.
 

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softwaremaniac

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I have seen too many troubles with McAfee to recommend it and if you are satisfied and used to Avast, I'm all for it. If you are going to uninstall McAfee, make sure you use it's removal program: Download McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool - MajorGeeks but look here first: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
Full version of Malwarebytes is not going to clash with AV but a free version which is not resident should be enough.
I have seen a case where Avast and MBAM Pro have clashed, so I do not recommend using both softwares at the same time. (It's OK if MBAM s RTealtime component is turned off, but otherwise, no.
 

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    HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
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    Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming
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    Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
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#5
I would agree with CountMike to dump anything McAfee related ASAP. Even the creator, John McAfee, was doing a little happy dance when Intel announced they were going to dump the McAfee brand name. Never before have I seen such an inefficient AV program where just it's normal routine duties sapped the system's total performance by about 1/3. There's some unavoidable overhead with any AV program, but most keep it under the 10% mark.

I personally tend to favor Avast, since a few years back they went to the pain and expense of rewriting their scanning engine to be multi-core aware. I respect a company that is willing to make the tough decisions like that, where probably almost every other AV maker is still using the same basic scanning engine they developed back in the Windows 95 days when they were forced to make a 32-bit version. For the likes of McAfee and Norton, they probably did the minimum required to adapt their 16-bit engine and I'm sure they did the same thing again when Vista ushered in the era of 64-bit Windows for the masses. It's not cheap to write a virus scanning engine from scratch, so when a company does that instead of just try and use shoelace, bubblegum and copious amounts of foul language to keep the old one working a little longer, I sit up and take notice.
 

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Borg 386

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McFubar should be classified as a virus. :p

There's a thread over on 7 Forums that has a list of AV's, you can weigh the pros/cons of each one.

Also, don't forget to add extra layers of protection, since one AV doesn't get everything 100%. Malwarebytes is a very good scanner to have. The free version will work fine.

What's the Best Anti-virus? - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

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mibaup

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Thanks everyone !

I have seen too many troubles with McAfee to recommend it and if you are satisfied and used to Avast, I'm all for it. If you are going to uninstall McAfee, make sure you use it's removal program: Download McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool - MajorGeeks but look here first: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
Full version of Malwarebytes is not going to clash with AV but a free version which is not resident should be enough.
Why did you gave link to the removal tool from majorgeeks, if you can download it from the official McAfee website on the 2nd link you provided? Is there a difference? (In the official website they say it updates periodically so I don't think it's a good idea to download it from a 3rd party website?)
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo
    CPU
    i5-4210m
    Memory
    4GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 m230 2GB + Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Switchable Graphics)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768

CountMike

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Thanks everyone !

I have seen too many troubles with McAfee to recommend it and if you are satisfied and used to Avast, I'm all for it. If you are going to uninstall McAfee, make sure you use it's removal program: Download McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool - MajorGeeks but look here first: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
Full version of Malwarebytes is not going to clash with AV but a free version which is not resident should be enough.
Why did you gave link to the removal tool from majorgeeks, if you can download it from the official McAfee website on the 2nd link you provided? Is there a difference? (In the official website they say it updates periodically so I don't think it's a good idea to download it from a 3rd party website?)
Because I trust Majorgeeks more than McAfee or most any other place to download programs from.
 

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    Asus Prime x470 Pro
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    16GB Kingston 3600
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    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
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azasadny

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Yep, good advice here.... Dump McAfee!
 

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