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Windows 7: McAfee AntiVirusPlus and Windows Defender

06 Oct 2011   #1
pcastric

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
McAfee AntiVirusPlus and Windows Defender

I am aware that users should only have a single anti virus app running on their system.

Every month when I run the automatic updates, the Windows Defender application is installed automatically - it is turned off as McAfee AntiVirus Plus is installed on my laptop and it performs the same tasks as those in Windows Defender.

My question is this - if McAfee does the same thing, why should I have Windows Defender on may laptop???

Pierre


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06 Oct 2011   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Pierre,
McAfee doesn't have a stellar record in the matter of not interfering with Win 7 systems.

My recommendation: 100% remove McAfee, install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) link in my sig.

MSE is the one and the only av i use, i install, recommend.

I do not use Anti-spyware or anti-anything. I use MSE and only MSE.
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07 Oct 2011   #3
mindinka

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Agree

Absolutly agree with karlsnooks
Why pay to McAfee, Microsoft Security Essentials is FREE doing very good protective job.
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08 Oct 2011   #4
pcastric

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the advice. I will move to MSE next year as my subscription to McAfee is up July 2012.

Pierre
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08 Oct 2011   #5
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

McAfee is "famous" in minidump crash analysis,cause lots of bsod.
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08 Oct 2011   #6
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

A little more to the OP's question, no, you don't need Windows Defender when running a 3rd party (McAfee) antivirus. You can disable WD by going to its settings > Admin > uncheck use this program. Not only "can" you do this, but you should.
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08 Oct 2011   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcastric View Post
Thanks for the advice. I will move to MSE next year as my subscription to McAfee is up July 2012.

Pierre
Make the move now. MSE is free!
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