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Windows 7: Why do people hate on mcafee so much?

10 Jan 2015   #1
Not a guru

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 
Why do people hate on mcafee so much?

i have mcafee and malwarebytes pro installed and i was looking through the forums and people really dislike mcafee. i would just to like to know why its bot liked and if you have another recommendations instead of mcafee. btw i dont mind spending some money on a av.


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10 Jan 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In AV programs everybody has their own pets. McAfee happens to be on few people's short list because it is very invasive and cumbersome.

My pet is Norton Internet Security but I also run a few systems with MSE/Defender which comes standard with Windoows 8.1.
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10 Jan 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The worst thing about Mcafee is it's updates and customer service,
It's not windows update friendly at all changes make it freak out
I've used Mcafee at one time and it was brief for the above reasons

Norton is much better in both categories but I've had them as well and if I had a dollar for every time they blamed Microsoft for some thing well I'd have a few more dollars

Now days the only products you need to pay for is a separate Malware protection program which Malewarebytes Premium serves those needs,
Otherwise Panda free or MSE are my preferences there

Feel free to pay for an antivirus if you wish but your money is better spent on the correct products department
Cheers.
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10 Jan 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

At one time I have used many store bought security suites. It been quite a while ago.

Best of my memory the problem people have with McAfee isn't that it doesn't protect you it because it doesn't play will with Windows 7 and a lot of other programs.

You get a update from Microsoft and McAfee goes bonkers.
You get a update from McAfee and Windows 7 goes crazy.
They just don't play well together.

Once a product gets a reputation of nothing but problems it's hard to over come.
I for one don't need the hassle.

I use MSE and Malwarebytes Premium active and it works for me.

Not a guru if you got McAfee working well for you; that is good.
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10 Jan 2015   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

@ Not a guru. Do keep in mind that if you decide to uninstall McAfee, go to their website & download their uninstall utility & run that.

Just uninstalling from Programs & Features in Control Panel does not fully remove AV programs & remnants can be left that cause problems when you install a different AV program.
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10 Jan 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
@ Not a guru. Do keep in mind that if you decide to uninstall McAfee, go to their website & download their uninstall utility & run that.

Just uninstalling from Programs & Features in Control Panel does not fully remove AV programs & remnants can be left that cause problems when you install a different AV program.
Very true. Here are the uninstallers for most AVs AV Uninstallers
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10 Jan 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Kind of reminded me of this I made a while back,
What is the Worst possible choice for Windows or Internet explorer - Microsoft Community

Even Microsoft won't remove it
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10 Jan 2015   #8
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Last time I updated Flash player on my XP computer, about 2-3 weeks ago, they decided to install McAffee in the process without my consent or even notifying me or asking me. This is reason enough for me not to bother with them.
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11 Jan 2015   #9
Not a guru

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

i used to have problems with mcafee but recently they went away. Anyway its not that its bad at stopping malware its just not that friendly with windows 7. Right?
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11 Jan 2015   #10
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
Last time I updated Flash player on my XP computer, about 2-3 weeks ago, they decided to install McAffee in the process without my consent or even notifying me or asking me. This is reason enough for me not to bother with them.
Not quite, on their official web site, one has the option to UNclick install McAfee just before one clicks to install Flash. I've been unclicking such things for several years now.
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