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Windows 7: New Boy asking "can I get rid of McAfee"

12 Jun 2011   #11

7 ultimate x64

McAfee, Zonealarm! Yikes! :P

MSE will be fine. I've been using it since it was first released without any issues at all. Just because it is free and doesn't bog you down with needless options some folks are under the impression it skimps on protection. Use MSE & Windows firewall, you'll be fine. I also suggest using a HOSTS file.

Edit: the forum is censoring the hosts file link. Google for the word "Hosts" and get it from the result which says "Blocking unwanted parasites.."

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12 Jun 2011   #12

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

Great news !
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12 Jun 2011   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

This is my first time using a free anti virus and/or firewall and I chose MSE and Windows built in firewall with not a problem for the few months I have been using it. Microsoft likes Microsoft.
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12 Jun 2011   #14

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mindinka View Post
Hi anjou2
I would like to add to what guys already said little advice try to avoid Zone Alarm firewall if you can, there are known problems with Windows, there are few alternatives available one of them is Comodo...Hope it helps...
I agree with that. I had used ZoneAlarm for years, but when I started using Windows 7, ZA gave me all kinds of problems. I now use the built in firewall that is in Windows.
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13 Jun 2011   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Just to add a little about removing any anti virus. After you remove the anti virus and also use their removal tool you will still find pieces parts of that anti virus if you look for them. It takes time to find them all and one must be careful what one removes. A anti virus has to have the ability to search in all the little places in your system their for it is in all those little places. I don't really know if it hurts anything leaving them in your system but when I look and find them and remove them. I have found that it doesn't mater which anti virus I have removed or what method I used I always had to do serious searching to get all of their parts out.
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13 Jun 2011   #16

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anjou2 View Post
Hi, this is my first post on your forum. I joined after reading a post here regarding using XP printer drivers in Win 7 (it worked a treat).
I have inherited McAfee Internet Sec Suite included in a new Win 7 laptop. This expires next month and I intend to delete it and install Zone Alarm, AVG free and MS Defender. Would be grateful for advice on getting rid cleanly, can I just use Control Panel "delete progs" function or do I need some outside software. Many thanks.
If you have registered your McAfee and used it, do what the other guys said with Mcafee uninstall tool. However If you haven't used it yet and allowed it to initialize you can just uninstall it with Add/Remove. The first thing I do just after I set up a new computer is uninstall the McAfee or Norton that came with it before it can start.
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14 Jun 2011   #17

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for that, I've had the machine now about a month, McAfee expires on 18July.I've downloaded the removal tool from Mc together with Malwarebytes, these are on a USB stick ready to install. I thought I would blitz McAfee just before it expires and set up MSE,Malwarebytes and the Windows Firewall (just thought....why don't I do it now ?!)
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