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PC anti-virus

Apols, but there's no proper sub-forum for this, so I think it sits best here (notwithstanding it's hardly a hi-fi or a/v issue!).
 
I bought my laptop with a McAfee package, which recently expired.  Rather than spend £50 to renew it, I installed AVG 8 (for free) and had both software running in tandem (two anti-viruses are better than none being the logic).  AVG recently up-graded to AVG 9, and as part of that it said "I see you have a rival programme - having two could cause problems and slow you computer down".  Separately, every time I turn on the lappy McAfee pops up and warns me that it's out of date and needs urgent action (the action being to spend £50, which I'd rather not do!).
 
In short, should I put up with (and ignore) the pop-ups from McAfee or just delete it?
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Re: PC anti-virus

Yep just uninstall McAfee & keep AVG, should resolve the "I see you have a rival programme" pop up too.

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AVG is right, having two lots of antivirus running can cause problems though with McAfee having expired it won't be fully running so that's probably not an issue. I would think that a better reason for uninstalling McAfee would simply be that it's another background process eating up memory and processor time.

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thanks  -  looks like it's goodbye McAfee

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Just setup my aunt's new netbook - came with McAfee which is the most horrid thing under the sun - it chews memory.


I'm using Norton's plain AV 2009 (not the suites) - worth every cent - simple, effective and does not hog resources - their past few versions have been excellent.

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make sure you use the MCAFEE REMOVAL TOOL else yull be leaving bits behind (And possibly creating more problems)


Id advise against AVG as version 9 has caused a lot of problems on some computers too


Free ones are AVAST or AVIRA (Or microsofts security essentials, but until I see concrete results I personally cant recommend it)


Kasperskys one of the best ones to pay for


 


Malwarebytes as a secondary scanner regardless of your main AV package

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totally agree kaspersky is the one to go for and doesnt use up too much in the way of resources on your computer

i wouldnt compromise on antivirus software so would buy rather than use the free ones 

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Big Aura:thanks  -  looks like it's goodbye McAfee


The full Internet/AV  package (3 users) for Kaspersky is half price at Play.com  £25.00.


I also recommend it.

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Ravey Gravey Davy:
Big Aura:thanks  -  looks like it's goodbye McAfee


The full Internet/AV  package (3 users) for Kaspersky is half price at Play.com  £25.00.


I also recommend it.


I'd second or third that. Every year I happen to buy the latest one which is normally much cheaper than renewing the existing licence. I also find Kaspersky to be much more resource-friendly that the Norton Internet Security package I used to run.


 

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momo72:
Ravey Gravey Davy:
Big Aura:thanks  -  looks like it's goodbye McAfee


The full Internet/AV  package (3 users) for Kaspersky is half price at Play.com  £25.00.


I also recommend it.

I'd second or third that. Every year I happen to buy the latest one which is normally much cheaper than renewing the existing licence. I also find Kaspersky to be much more resource-friendly that the Norton Internet Security package I used to run.


 

Yep I do the same Kaspersky does it for me too. Yes

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It's Norton Internet Security for me. Never had a virus in my computer in the past 13 years, & I've always used Norton. The latest version is lightning quick & does not eat your resources. It automatically scans your PC when idle, so you don't have to worry about remembering to scan. It's only £22.97 for 3 licenses on Amazon.

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Another vote here for Kaspersky - £20 for 3 user license at amazon. Was previously running AVG but found it very resource hungry - had to kill any scans on older pc's if I wanted to use them at the same time the scan was running.

I did have to manually configure Kaspersky's firewall for remote desktop to work, which wasn't immediately intuitive, but that apart it works well - it also picked up a few things that AVG had missed over the past year or so.

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I'd watch out for AVG - I found it to be resource hungry and it had a detrimental affect on my laptop's performance which was restored once AVG was booted off. Used to be good, but not impressed with it now.

I use a firewall, check it out with Steve Gibson's Shields Up, Spybot, Ad-Aware, a couple of decent registry checkers, an "always on" registry scanner that detects any attempt to update it, Immunet Protect and Registry mechanic. Try out the free Microsoft Security Pack which you can download from their site. Never had a problem yet.

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aliEnRIK:

make sure you use the MCAFEE REMOVAL TOOL else yull be leaving bits behind (And possibly creating more problems)

Id advise against AVG as version 9 has caused a lot of problems on some computers too

Free ones are AVAST or AVIRA (Or microsofts security essentials, but until I see concrete results I personally cant recommend it)

Kasperskys one of the best ones to pay for

 

Malwarebytes as a secondary scanner regardless of your main AV package

Hi,

I had a virus on my laptop recently. I knew I had one because when I went on google, when I clicked on a site, i was re-routed to about ten sites in less than a second.

I had 'Bullguard V8.5' (subscription), which i've had for years. It couldn't remove the virus, even with tech support.

I tried AVG (free) last week. It found 4 viruses, but couldn't remove them.

Then I tried 'Microsoft Security essentials' (Free) . A full scan found all four viruses and deleted them, no fuss. It slows the PC less than Bullguard too. Seriously easy to use, too. 

I've previously paid for Norton, Mcaffee and most recently, Bullguard. I've found problems with them all. I'd defo recommend the Microsoft. Give it a go, it's free! 

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I would also recommend 'Microsoft Security Essentials' - I replaced AVG with it and it picked up a Trojan which hadnt been spotted before.  It doesnt keep popping up like some of the others do - it just sits there and you can fortget about it.


I wouldnt recommend running two Anti-Virus programmes - they will interfere with each other and cause problems.

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If you're a Barclays customer, and use online banking, you can get Kaspersky with a year's licence, free!

 

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