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Windows 7: McAfee....why?

16 Dec 2011   #1
nownadthen

Windows 7
 
 
McAfee....why?

I have had problems with virus attacks all my life but when McAfee worked for a while I thought I could relax...

Then, after a year or so, I keep getting this message:

"Your Computer at Risk. Firewall is off."


I click on "Turn-on" and I get to a page where it shows it has turned on and read this:
"Your computer is safe. No further action is required".


But as soon as I finish reading those words I am put back to the previous page where
"Your computer is at Risk" warning is..., and when I click to turn the Firewall on again the same thing happens, over and over.


I have contacted the technical people at McAfee and they offered to access my computer to fix it but have hesitated to let them...


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16 Dec 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nownadthen View Post
I have contacted the technical people at McAfee and they offered to access my computer to fix it but have hesitated to let them...
Probably a good decision.

It's just more problematic than competing products, judging by comments on this forum over an extended period of time.

Most here would tell you to jump ship for something else--pretty much anything else.
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16 Dec 2011   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
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Most here would tell you to jump ship for something else--pretty much anything else.
And I am one of those people. McAfee is known for being a poorly made product with a number of issues. I find that it uses more resources than similar products and does not do it'd job very well at all. Some people have it identify files necesarry for windows to run as malicious and deleted them, resulting in their computer being unusable. If you have a router with a built in firewall, Windows 7's built-in firewall is more than adequate. MalwareBytes is currently letting people do a 15 day trial of the Pro version of their software. You might want to give that a try. I'm currently having Microsft Security Essentials (MSE) and MalwareBytes Pro run simultaneously without any issues.

Alot of people use MSE, and have the free version of MalwareBytes as a on-demand scanner that they run every so often.
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16 Dec 2011   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Here's a list of AV's that are free & paid versions. Have a look at the list & choose one:

What's the Best Anti-virus?
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16 Dec 2011   #5
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I'm also on the jump ship McAfee list.

Their are penty of free better programs avalible

Fabe
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16 Dec 2011   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Borg, didn't you have some great horrow stories about McAfee? Might be a good idea to share so that the OP knows why we all say to jump ship.
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16 Dec 2011   #7
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

I myself am personally tired of typing out the horror story that I had to go through because McFubar came with the PC. It wasn't pretty.

Suffice it to say, even 2 months after removing it (so I thought), the deep seated remnants of it were still causing problems with legitimate safety tools (Malicious Software Removal Tool, MSE, Malwarebytes, etc). After a 2 day project of tracking down the offending files, I finally eliminated McFail from the system once and for all.

But to add a story....let's see, there was the time McFlimsy hosed all those XP machines by identifying a legitimate Operating file as spyware/malware....and then, not satisfied with that, decided to hose Vista machines a couple months later....

Or the times I brought my FD home from school & MSE would immediately identify a threat on it, while repeated scans with McFlop would show it as clean.

I don't want to say anything bad when it comes to AV's, since we all have our own preferences. But, you won't find many positive posts about McCrappy in this forum.

Just remember, having a good AV doesn't replace common sense & exercising caution.
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18 Dec 2011   #8
nownadthen

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for all your posts, they have value for me.

Just before I wanted to delete the McAfee completely I got this message:"rundll32.exe - Application Error" which was blocking me to do anything. I was able to scan my files, and clean most of them. Then, I have restarted my computer, and have no problems since; McAfee Firewall is on amd everything is running fine.

I will still try to get rid off McAfee but am afraid I will make mistakes... I don't know if it is illegal or not but the computer and communication industries create boundaries: This McAfee thing came with the computer, and had similar problem with my smartphone's "code" even I owned it free and clear.
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18 Dec 2011   #9
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Yeah, I had a slew of running app problems until after I finally hunted down those two remnants of McFreezeup.

This should help you remove it.

How to Uninstall McAfee Security Center

To perform automatic McAfee removal you can download the MCPR removal tool.

Uninstallers (removal tools) for common antivirus software


http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN146
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