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Old 02-08-2013, 08:09
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I haven't used McAfee since the early 00's and I remember then it slowed everything down. It came free with my broadband service and I decided to give it a try, only had it on for a day now but no slow down at least and it comes with a mobile version so have it installed on my phone and also no issues there as yet.

Whats your opinion on McAfee these days?
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:42
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Never used it and advise anyone i do work on their pc for not to, it gets in everywhere and gums up machines no end.
Personally i think its a horrible little program
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:58
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IMHO McAfee is an annoying irrelevance, certainly junkware and bordering on malicious because of the effect it has on performance.

Microsoft Security Essentials (confusingly renamed Defender in Windows 8) plus regular scans with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is an adequate freeware combination for most people, unless you visit dangerous web sites.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:18
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IMHO McAfee is an annoying irrelevance, certainly junkware and bordering on malicious because of the effect it has on performance.

Microsoft Security Essentials (confusingly renamed Defender in Windows 8) plus regular scans with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is an adequate freeware combination for most people, unless you visit dangerous web sites.
The problem with many sites these days, they look ok, but you cannot always tell. The worst cases aside from the obvious sites, are those that you go to download some freeware, and there are loads of download buttons to click mostare just annoying links to packages that you don't want or need, but some of these sites have become infected

People have opinions on 3rd party software, but I have used Norton 360 for many years and it has never let me down, with any potential virus intrusion being caught up front. People say it is expensive, but if you look around, you will often get a bargain I paid 26 for 3 PCs for 1 year.

If companies like Norton or even Mcaffee (I have little experience here) provided a poor service, they would go bust. I am less certain Microsoft has such a strong incentiv to perform well.

In the end, personal opions can matter. Most commercial and freeware packages have a trial period. Try different options until you find one that you are confident in.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:48
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The problem with many sites these days, they look ok, but you cannot always tell. The worst cases aside from the obvious sites, are those that you go to download some freeware, and there are loads of download buttons to click mostare just annoying links to packages that you don't want or need, but some of these sites have become infected
Not to mention the malicious ads which can get served up on otherwise 'safe' websites.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:58
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My new Dell PC came with a 3 year McAfee subscription. It's been completely unintrusive so far and no detectable hit on performance.
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Old 02-08-2013, 13:01
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The only McAfee product I use is their siteadviser add-on for FF. Trouble is it's started red flagging weird things like my friends list on a certain blogging site (by friends I mean a series of four links to personalised lists I put together). The thing's starting to get on my wick.
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Old 02-08-2013, 21:08
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I hate it. I tried it once on my old Windows XP laptop and it didn't work properly. It was slow and bloated. My university network also uses it and McAfee, Novell and Windows 7 on 2GB RAM does not make a pleasant computing experience
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Old 02-08-2013, 21:54
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John McAfee shows you how to uninstall it... http://youtu.be/bKgf5PaBzyg
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Old 02-08-2013, 22:24
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My new Dell PC came with a 3 year McAfee subscription. It's been completely unintrusive so far and no detectable hit on performance.
Surely you would have to run it with and without in order to make any meaningful comparison?
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Old 02-08-2013, 23:39
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Surely you would have to run it with and without in order to make any meaningful comparison?
Yes but I'm not making a comparison. The point is I'm running it and I don't feel lag in my system. It could be that the McAfee software is now decent or it could be that hardware specs on modern machines are now powerful enough that it doesn't matter anymore.

My comparison is to my old laptop which ran Windows 8 inbuilt anti-malware instead.

Also the thread isn't just discussing the performance hit, it's also things like how "noisy" an application is with things like notifications etc and it has been unintrusive.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:56
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I have not used McAfee for a while in fact not since I left BT, i did not have any problem with it then and that was a few years back. I think most security suits have improved over the years, look at Norton,, it used to be awful but even that is not too bad now. I suppose having faster machines helps as well.

I use Comodo, the free version is good, the paid version which I have got is better. I have also got a version on my phone.

Plenty of free security suits around, that does a good job. I have never liked MS own security.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:16
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If the (somewhat eccentric) creator of McAfee doesn't use it that tells me something

Although he's clearly mad !
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:30
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Another way of staying safer, especially for the non-technical people who regularly end up in trouble, is to use metro apps instead of desktop applications where possible as the metro apps are all sandboxed.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:53
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Another way of staying safer, especially for the non-technical people who regularly end up in trouble, is to use metro apps instead of desktop applications where possible as the metro apps are all sandboxed.
Again you make the assumption that people want to use Metro apps when the reality is most folk want nothing to do with Windows 8 Metro UI. The whole Eco system leaves me cold and I for one use Classic Sell, when I'm not using my Mac that is.
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Old 03-08-2013, 16:05
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Again you make the assumption that people want to use Metro apps when the reality is most folk want nothing to do with Windows 8 Metro UI. The whole Eco system leaves me cold and I for one use Classic Sell, when I'm not using my Mac that is.
Again? When did I first assume people want to use metro? I have no interest in speaking for "most folk". I do believe that the kind of user who isn't computer savvy and is likely to get very worried when seeing a metropolitan police popup whilst surfing should use metro where possible for the sake of their own and others' safety.

On a related note, I disliked IE metro on my old non-touch laptop but now I have a Dell XPS 12, I love the combination of keyboard, touchscreen and multitouch trackpad for browsing and use IE metro where possible.
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Old 03-08-2013, 16:10
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I don't like it. It was on this laptop when I got it and I got rid of it and then downloaded AVG and put that on. I've not heard good things about McAfee over the years.
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Old 03-08-2013, 17:52
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Well I deleted and went back to security essentials, Turns out I hadn't restarted my laptop since installing McAfee, once I did that it decided to get into action and slowed everything down.
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Old 04-08-2013, 00:07
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Again? When did I first assume people want to use metro? I have no interest in speaking for "most folk". I do believe that the kind of user who isn't computer savvy and is likely to get very worried when seeing a metropolitan police popup whilst surfing should use metro where possible for the sake of their own and others' safety.

On a related note, I disliked IE metro on my old non-touch laptop but now I have a Dell XPS 12, I love the combination of keyboard, touchscreen and multitouch trackpad for browsing and use IE metro where possible.
Again - touch - arrgh! all those greasy finger prints on a nice shiny IPS screen - never ever ever going to happen.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:41
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Another way of staying safer, especially for the non-technical people who regularly end up in trouble, is to use metro apps instead of desktop applications where possible as the metro apps are all sandboxed.
That's assuming people use or want to use Windows 8. Some of us are happy with Macs or Windows 7 (or a Mac running both OSes )!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:54
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That's assuming people use or want to use Windows 8.
In addition, of the people who use Windows 8, only a certain percentage use the Metro apps.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:56
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Yet another thread derailed into a Windows 8 bashing thread by the usual suspects.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:58
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That's assuming people use or want to use Windows 8. Some of us are happy with Macs or Windows 7 (or a Mac running both OSes )!
+ 1 from me.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:59
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John McAfee shows you how to uninstall it... http://youtu.be/bKgf5PaBzyg
I see this thread and instantly wanted to post that!

Personally I use Nortons and get my puter specialist to do a malwarebytes scan when required
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:11
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there's zero need for home users to spend any money on mcafee, it's mostly a corporate IT beastie as is symantec's norton where licences are bought in bulk at low, low prices (which is how ISP's offer it as standard) but still generate most of the money for them
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