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    Default Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    Hello, im new here and just purchased an alienware last night and im trying to sort everything out before it gets delivered.

    My question is, What type of anti virus/spyware software etc do you guys use?

    Is the mcafee 2012 virus protection in the customisation menus when you sort out what you want on your pc any good?

    Because these laptops are not the cheapest i would like decent protection against viruses etc..So can you guys tell me if the mcafee is worth using or should i use another brand, and if so what.

    Any info is very much appreciated

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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    McAfee is awful.

    Have a good read through this thread.

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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    +1 to the post above.

    If not in those customization options, there's no way they could sell any piece of that mediocre software. Try Avast or Avira instead.
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    OK, I have to agree with all the above. crApafee is no bueno. I have fixed more malware-infested systems with that product installed and updated than any other brand. Plus, the newer versions do not allow user-configured exceptions or scan exclusions to correct false-positives.

    If you want a good free product, Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast and Avira have all done well by me.

    If you want a full-featured paid-for version, ESET or Vipre are very good. I am using the lifetime subscription Vipre Internet Security 2012 on my M18x and like it a lot. You can pretty much stick with a straight antivirus solution and skip the bloated suites. With Windows firewall and a good router firewall anything else is more than most people really need.
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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    Yes, McAfee is a good anti-virus program. I think it is good enough for home PC.
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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    Every instance of McAfee i've seen was either bloated or almost impossible to remove and there were always better alternatives for the same price or less. I developed a loathing for McAfee over the years thanks to that, i haven't tried the latest version, but i doubt things have improved yet.
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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    It does not allow a user to set an exclusion for a file it believes to be malware, even when the user is 100% certain it is not. There is no way to prevent it from being blocked and quarantined.
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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    I have been using microsoft security essentials for 3+ years now and haven't had any sorts of virus problems at all. Highly recommended, especially at its price point of zero dollars.

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    Default Re: Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

    I fully agree/support the above statements.
    Mcafee is not a particularly good example of an antivirus for several reasons:
    1. Its very bloated and can slow down the operating system
    2. Its not particularly good at detecting/removing potential problems or at protecting the overall system.

    As for what you could use besides it... that's your choice... however, a personal recommendation would be to pick 1 of the following:
    Avast Free, Avira Free or Microsoft Security Essentials.
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