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Is Mcafee anti virus any good? Advice please

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by Joshg94, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Joshg94

    Joshg94 Newbie

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    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
     
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    +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.
     
  4. MrDJ

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    +1 to two posts above
     
  5. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Temporarily Unavailable Moderator

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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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    Yes, McAfee is a good anti-virus program. I think it is good enough for home PC. :D
     
  7. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    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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    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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    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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    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.
     
  11. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    McAfee has been, and always shall be, garbage. I've personally seen it let old malware through and ruin a PC, then issue false positives, and there's been several instances recently where updates to McAfee would bork your Windows installation. Avoid.
     
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    I've honestly had decent luck with Microsoft Security Essentials as well. I know it doesn't test that high but it somehow has kept me free and clean since it came out. Norton and McAfee are just no-no's to me. I've had more experience with Norton products and I swear they've wound up killing systems before, especially when trying to remove them.
     
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    Microsoft Security Essentials for real-time protection and Malwarebytes for on-demand scanning is a pretty potent combination.
     
  14. tijo

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    The latest versions of nortron are actually alright, it used to be a piece of crap like McAfee before though.
     
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    Malwarebyte's is probably the best addition of it's kind to every antivirus installed on the system, but as the guy above stated, you have to pay for the version with the real - time protection.
     
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    Mcafee is a no-go. Kaspersky Intenet Security with Malwarebytes paid, and a little common sense. :thumbsup:
     
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    Mcafee anti virus is ok i here there 2013 are becoming better but I think you can do better, I don't think there the leader in AV
     
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    I use McAfee and havn't had any issues. That said, I don't go clicking on everything. Been years since I've had a virus. I'll be looking for a new AV in the new future since my 3 year (or was it 4?) McAfee subscription expires in a couple of months. I want something with real-time scanning since I have family over a lot that uses my system.
     
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    See how the new McAfee 2013 beta surrenders to malware here: McAfee Security 2013 BETA - YouTube

    Try the new Comodo 6.0 in a couple of months when your license expires. Very low resources and good behavioural detection along with a new virtualization engine. They even fixed signature detection.

    Cheers,

    Ivan
     
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    MSE may not score high in detection rates... but its false positive numbers are essentially non-existent.
    I think this is the reason it scores lower than other AV's (but still high enough).
     

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