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McAfee virus Or anti-virus
Vanity | 1/30/2013 | JimSEA

Posted on 01/31/2013 3:40:12 PM PST by JimSEA

I'm having fits uninstalling McAfee and replacing it with Norton. McAfee had become just too irritating to the point of shutting down some downloads from Amazon (but not all, no consistency there). It kept giving me pop ups at seemingly random times. Now, McAfee just shut down everything when Norton tried an uninstall. Anyone have similar problems?? I'm using my blessed Apple IPad now.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: mcafee; norton

1 posted on 01/31/2013 3:40:20 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

I hate them both. I use avast


2 posted on 01/31/2013 3:42:05 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JimSEA

Got rid of both of them years ago . . . constant pains in the obamas. I use ESET at work and AVG at home. No problems and I’m thrilled. Had trouble a few years ago getting Norton the hell out of my computer though.


3 posted on 01/31/2013 3:43:41 PM PST by laweeks
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To: JimSEA

I haven’t used McAfee for years, so I don’t know what the current problems are. You might do a google search for “uninstall McAfee.” It would depend on your version of windows and also of McAfee. There is apparently a McAfee removal tool that you can get from McAfee itself, but I don’t know how well that works.

Good luck.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 3:47:01 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: yldstrk

I use AVG.


5 posted on 01/31/2013 3:48:28 PM PST by Venturer
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To: JimSEA

I use Kaspersky and Super Antivirus. Most others protect pretty poorly and shut down your computing experience.


6 posted on 01/31/2013 3:49:33 PM PST by umgud
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To: JimSEA

Years on on an XP computer, I installed McAfee anti-virus. I later tried their firewall.

As updates became bloatware and slowed the computer ridiculously, I ‘uninstalled’ both.

Every few months, I would get a pop-up from McAfee asking me to re-try their software. I thought I had scrubbed everything McAfee from the computer. I had even gone through the registry file. Still, I would get the pop-ups, until I had other problems and had to reformat and reinstall XP.

Since then, I would never let anything McAfee on my computer(s), even though my cable ISP offers McAfee security software free to users.

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Now, on my Win7 laptop and desktop, I stay with Windows Security Essentials and Windows 7 firewall. They play nice with other software and do not seem to bog down my computers.


7 posted on 01/31/2013 3:49:36 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: JimSEA

AVG Free is great. If you like it, get the paid version. Jumping from McAfee to Norton is jumping from the frying pan into the fire.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 3:49:43 PM PST by Hootch
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To: JimSEA

I am using Kaspersky, no problems to date. I ahve also heard that ESET is a good one.


9 posted on 01/31/2013 3:51:31 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: JimSEA

I would just throw both in the can. Plenty of options out there, most (if not all) free to use, unless you want the deluxe package. AVG is good, I use Avira, heard good things about Avast . . . .


10 posted on 01/31/2013 3:51:35 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: JimSEA

All, and I mean ALL, anti-virus programs are a drag on the speed. So I never use them. I bought a used desktop (Dell) on eBay for $75. I use it exclusively for surfing the net, such as now. If some one hacks into it, there is absolutely nothing on it of value.

My other computer is used strictly for my bank & broker. I never read emails or visit any other site on it.

I have a cheap switch to use a single monitor between the 2 computers. So my desk is not crowded.

If my surfing computer gets slow, I just reload the windows OS and copy my saved favorites for the browser and I am back in business. Usually 2 to 3 years before I do this. Then it runs as fast as when new and virgin.

In 15 years of operating like this I have not had a single problem to worry about.


11 posted on 01/31/2013 3:53:28 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: JimSEA
Why use Norton? It'll nag you when the subscription expires too.

Just get Microsoft's Security Essentials. It's free and easy.

12 posted on 01/31/2013 3:53:38 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: JimSEA

http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus


13 posted on 01/31/2013 3:55:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: 1rudeboy

Second the motion to ditch both of them. AVG Free and AdAware have worked for me for years. Dell installed Macafee on my latest desktop and I just let it expire and remain in place with AVG installed over it. Every now and then it pops up to warn me it’s out of date and wouldn’t I like to buy an extended license? I bop it on the head and it goes away.

TC


14 posted on 01/31/2013 3:57:33 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Slump Tester

I switched all of our PCs to MS Security Essentials - Norton and McAffee went into the scrap bin forever.


15 posted on 01/31/2013 3:58:18 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: TomGuy

Me too. I use Windows Security Essentials and Malwarebytes, very compatable and no interference (slow down) with other programs even when editing HD video. Norton sucks. A computer programmer once told me that Norton gets into everything and your computer slows way down.


16 posted on 01/31/2013 3:59:24 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: JimSEA

Try IObit uninstaller.


17 posted on 01/31/2013 4:05:12 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: JimSEA

Some suggestions.

One Anti-virus program won’t do the job.
Only one of your AV programs should be running in ‘real-time’.
The second should be loaded but not selected for ‘real-time protection’.
The third should be loaded and used to scan when you need it.

McAfee and Norton are pains in the butt, and CPU. And, as others have noted, hard to get rid of.

AVG and AVAST are OK, but seem to suck up too many resources and bug you about updates. AVG and AVAST also leave behind some ‘elements’ after you UNINSTALL THEM.

Microsoft Security Essentials is great, and automatically downloads new definition files.

Find at least one, if not two other AV programs to put on your computer that allow you to control whether they run in ‘real-time’ and you should have great protection.

Since there are hundreds of new (malwares/viruses/etc) created EVERY DAY, it helps if you consistently do SCANS with ALL AV softwares you pick to use, on at least a weekly basis.


18 posted on 01/31/2013 4:06:57 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks to all!! I’m trying avira.


19 posted on 01/31/2013 4:07:48 PM PST by JimSEA ( “what difference does it make?”)
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To: JimSEA

I used AVG for years but over the lsst few months I kept getting the fake FBI/PayPal scam. I switched to Avast and have not had any problems since. I also use Malwarebytes and Super Anti-Spyware. I have a pretty powerful PC so I don’t worry about any load put on it by my security software.


20 posted on 01/31/2013 4:07:55 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Inyo-Mono

What does Malwarebytes add that Windows Security Essentials doesn’t have?


21 posted on 01/31/2013 4:08:00 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: JimSEA

McAfee provides a free standalone uninstaller that works quite well.

Google:

mcafee uninstaller download

to find it


22 posted on 01/31/2013 4:08:15 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: JimSEA

Anti-virus programs can be as bad as the viruses themselves. If you have the ability to save files and reformat the hard drive, I would do that.


23 posted on 01/31/2013 4:08:52 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: JimSEA

Most of the machines I clean have McAfee on them. I’m not a big Microsoft fan but their Security Essentials runs fine and is free. Throw in the paid version of Malwarebytes and you get good protection.


24 posted on 01/31/2013 4:13:14 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: JimSEA

If you’re using a windows platform computer:
disable the mcafee service(s) in msconfig
then reboot the computer so that it doesn’t load
then try uninstalling mcafee.

If the uninstall doesn’t go right it could leave entries in the registry. Well, even if the uninstall goes smoothly programs still leave orphaned entries in the registry.

If all else fails you can always re-install the OS.


25 posted on 01/31/2013 4:17:45 PM PST by LaserLock (Hit em' where it hurts)
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To: catnipman

Thanks for that.


26 posted on 01/31/2013 4:22:32 PM PST by JimSEA ( “what difference does it make?”)
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To: JimSEA

I use only Avast. The best anti-virus on he internet, and it’s free!


27 posted on 01/31/2013 4:27:33 PM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: umgud

I second kaspersky. Used it 4 years.
Tried bitdefender but didn’t like.


28 posted on 01/31/2013 4:31:10 PM PST by Morris70
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To: JimSEA

I use Webroot on my mac and winders machines. Very small footprint and with online coupons, fairly inexpensive.


29 posted on 01/31/2013 4:31:46 PM PST by bubbacluck
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To: JimSEA

I run ESET and my computer shows no sign of slower speed from it.

Try Revo Uninstaller to get rid of McAfee, Norton, etc.


30 posted on 01/31/2013 4:31:46 PM PST by muglywump (Seven days without laughter makes one weak.)
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To: JoeProBono

I took your advice several years ago, and have been very happy with it.


31 posted on 01/31/2013 4:35:23 PM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: JimSEA

I winds up that the guy who started McAffee is a real nutcase...and his software shows it.


32 posted on 01/31/2013 4:52:55 PM PST by BobL
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To: JimSEA

I’ve had both and found Norton not very useful so I flushed it.


33 posted on 01/31/2013 6:07:57 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: JimSEA
Norton's even worse...go with AVG. Two years ago when I last had Norton installed on a computer, it died because of 369 viruses that slipped through. On the advice of my tech, I then switched to AVG and have had NONE, period.

There was also the time when a Norton update actually corrupted the program, and the "customer service" drones in India tried to charge me $39.99 to fix a huge problem that they caused with their bugged download.

34 posted on 01/31/2013 6:11:20 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: JimSEA

Since the last time I installed Norton years ago, I am convinced it actually is a virus.

I would not install it again for any reason. It was next to impossible to uninstall and interfered with so much.


35 posted on 01/31/2013 6:48:41 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: laweeks

I agree. AVG is very nice. It has changed but it is still effective and sits quietly in the background (when configured to do so). I am virus free since starting to use it these last 10 years.


36 posted on 01/31/2013 6:50:02 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: JimSEA

I should have added, I’ve been happy with Microsoft Security Essentials for a few years.


37 posted on 01/31/2013 6:52:31 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: JimSEA

I’ve been using Avast for several years, I don’t want Norton or McAfee anywhere near my computer.


38 posted on 01/31/2013 8:11:03 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: JimSEA

All you need is Microsoft Security Essentials, but it’s good to have a backup. I use Malwarebytes.


39 posted on 01/31/2013 8:15:01 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Inyo-Mono

Heh, I just posted (#39) and then scrolled the earlier replies and noticed you have the same setup as I have. I’ve had zero problems, and I agree that the two programs are very compatible and there is no computer slowdown with both going at once.


40 posted on 01/31/2013 8:19:45 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mdittmar
What does Malwarebytes add that Windows Security Essentials doesn’t have?

As others have stated, it is nice to have a backup. A computer programming pro advised me to do this. Malwarebytes catches things that Windows (Microsoft) Security Essentials doesn't and vice versa. I have seen it with my own eyes.

41 posted on 01/31/2013 8:29:42 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Lancey Howard

I agree, they are both great anti-virus programs. The problem I had in the past with Norton and McAffe was slow down. Not with these two programs.


42 posted on 01/31/2013 8:35:17 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Bookmark


43 posted on 01/31/2013 9:08:48 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: JimSEA

Ping for reference


44 posted on 01/31/2013 10:15:39 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Inyo-Mono

I, too, had McAfee and then Norton on my computer because they were offered “free” with Comcast.
Which I no longer have, either.


45 posted on 01/31/2013 10:22:52 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: JimSEA
Google "McAfee uninstaller" and check the links out.

Several AVs have self-protections to prevent uninstall and need helpers. McAfee has been tough to get rid of for years.

I decided to go with the Microsoft Windows Defender a year or so ago and haven't have any problems. I surf safe and don't take a lot of chances. Used to use AVG and it worked fine. Stay away from McAfee and Norton if you are concerned about using too many resources.

46 posted on 02/01/2013 3:31:59 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: umgud; Morris70

I used to use Kaspersky, but their scores are lower than Bitdefender. Do you use Super Antivirus in conjunction with Kaspersky and why?


47 posted on 02/02/2013 4:19:37 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
Do you use Super Antivirus in conjunction with Kaspersky and why?

I used Super Antivirus before I got Kespersky. Norton was replaced by Kaspersky. They don't conflict. Norton and Macafee bogged me down.

48 posted on 02/02/2013 5:32:22 PM PST by umgud
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