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Windows 7: Running the same AV software in Windows 7 & in the Virtual PC

10 Sep 2010   #1
Agrippa

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Running the same AV software in Windows 7 & in the Virtual PC

I have Windows 7 64-bit Professional and have downloaded the Virtual PC and installed the Windows XP mode.

In Windows 7 the AV is McAfee Security Center that came pre-installed by Dell with a 15 month licence. In the Windows XP Mode I have installed Microsoft Security Essentials.

The problem is that McAfee Security Center kills the Windows 7 search function. McAfee have now been aware of this problem for months but have still not sorted it. If they don't fix it soon I shall uninstall McAfee and install some other AV software.

My question is, if I install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 then, as I also have it installed on the Virtual PC, are there likely to be any clashes or problems?


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10 Sep 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Agrippa View Post
I have Windows 7 64-bit Professional and have downloaded the Virtual PC and installed the Windows XP mode.

In Windows 7 the AV is McAfee Security Center that came pre-installed by Dell with a 15 month licence. In the Windows XP Mode I have installed Microsoft Security Essentials.

The problem is that McAfee Security Center kills the Windows 7 search function. McAfee have now been aware of this problem for months but have still not sorted it. If they don't fix it soon I shall uninstall McAfee and install some other AV software.

My question is, if I install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 then, as I also have it installed on the Virtual PC, are there likely to be any clashes or problems?
I recommend you run MSE or, at the very least, don't run the full Security Center.
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10 Sep 2010   #3
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

NO~

That's exactly what I use. Virtual environment will not impact your host OS. Unless you get a virus in Virtual PC, then transfer files to your host.

Use the McAfee uninstaller to remove it, and install MSE on your host PC.
How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee consumer products using the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe)


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10 Sep 2010   #4
Agrippa

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

That was a quick response!

OK, the answer would seem to be for me to eventually go ahead with MSE.

As for the McAfee problem, here is the link to a lengthy thread on the topic; I'd describe it as semi-authoritative. From comments in the thread I'd say you need a complete removal of McAfee, not just disabling parts of it.
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10 Sep 2010   #5
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Why wait, McAfee is horrible. The regular uninstall method was a major pain for me, but that was back in Vista. If you use that removal tool, restart as it says, you should be fine!

Good luck,
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10 Sep 2010   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, there's little to no reason to ever consider running Mcafee, given it's high resource usage, and low detection rates...the exact opposite of what you'd want in an AV scanner. Mcafee software is like a virus, to be honest.
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10 Sep 2010   #7
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

We had a mcafee site license for the entire university. Never installed it on any of my computers.
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10 Sep 2010   #8
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Agrippa View Post
From comments in the thread I'd say you need a complete removal of McAfee, not just disabling parts of it.
I would have to agree with you. Many other forums have tales where McAfee (as well as other security products) leave behind registry entries that conflict with new security products. So use the McAfee removal tool or in the alternative, Revo's free uninstaller.
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10 Sep 2010   #9
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I always thought Norton was the worst for leaving junk in the registry, etc. Yuck...
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10 Sep 2010   #10
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

I am usually use the open minded approach to security suggesting others to experiment with different software and make their own choice. I am going to take a different stance here. Mcafee has to be one of the most resource hungry and problem causing suites out there. I live by the rule that if it takes a removal tool to completely remove all components of an app off my system then I am not installing it.
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