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    • JEN22
    • By JEN22 9th Feb 18, 5:06 AM
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    Do i really neeed McAfee?
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    • 9th Feb 18, 5:06 AM
    Do i really neeed McAfee? 9th Feb 18 at 5:06 AM
    Doi really need to pay for MCAfee or Kaspersky or can you do without it
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    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 9th Feb 18, 6:06 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 6:06 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 6:06 AM
    You certainly don't need McAfee!

    Windows Defender comes with Windows 10 and is quite decent.
    Avast!, AVG or Avira are third-party free antiviruses, but they nag you to upgrade to their paid-for companions. Some of this nagging can be turned off but it annoys some people intensely.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Feb 18, 7:22 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 7:22 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 7:22 AM
    I have AVG.

    It does nag, but I tell it to b*ggar-off..... and it does, for a while at least.

    I could have BT's 'free' protection suite, but last time I looked, that was just McAfee in disguise and I decided I'd rather live without it.

    When I once had malware, about 6 years ago, I was running paid-for McAfee. Having failed to protect me, they then wanted an extra £60 to help me out. Malwarebytes sorted it with me for nothing.
    'It's a terrible thing to wait until you're ready…..Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.' Hugh Lawrie.
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 9th Feb 18, 8:22 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 8:22 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 8:22 AM
    Doi really need to pay for MCAfee or Kaspersky or can you do without it
    Originally posted by JEN22
    No you don't. Microsoft's own AV solution (built into Windows 10, free download for Windows 7) is perfectly good and less intrusive.
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 9th Feb 18, 8:53 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 8:53 AM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 8:53 AM
    you haven't needed a 3rd party av for windows since winxp as microsoft has provided one to download and now its built into win10.

    the days of 3rd party av are over as the security should be built into the os imo.
    "The Holy Writ of Gloucester Rugby Club demands: first, that the forwards shall win the ball; second, that the forwards shall keep the ball; and third, the backs shall buy the beer." - Doug Ibbotson
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 9th Feb 18, 4:24 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 4:24 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 4:24 PM
    Do i really need to pay for MCAfee or Kaspersky
    Originally posted by JEN22

    NO


    There are plenty of free alternatives that provide all the protection you need and wont slow your machine down anywhere near as much as these horrible suites.


    If you are using windows 10 then you alrerady have one built in.


    (Dont listen to the misleading "stats" tables that state defender is 0.0021% worse at detecting viruses because in real world scenarios that is completely meaningless - just marketing techniques from the big AV companies who have to resort to these tactics as they realise their software is becoming obselete)


    As long as they can scan for heuritics then you are golden because the big threat these days is NOT from viruses but rather from malware.


    You should be more concerned with a malware solution.


    I suggest the free version of this :-


    https://www.malwarebytes.com/


    Run that once a week, or when you have had a lapse and clicked on something that you shouldnt have
    Running with scissors since 1978
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 9th Feb 18, 4:43 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 4:43 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 4:43 PM
    NOBODY needs McAfee.

    Only recommended to people i REALLY dislike.
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    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 9th Feb 18, 5:07 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 5:07 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 5:07 PM
    I suggest the free version of this :-

    https://www.malwarebytes.com/

    Run that once a week, or when you have had a lapse and clicked on something that you shouldnt have
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    The problem with the free version of Malwarebytes is that it doesn’t run in the background, by the time you run a scan it’s often too late.

    Some AV/anti malware software locks down programs and folders to reduce the likelihood of malware infections doing damage.

    Another protective measure is to mostly run Windows under a user account, NOT as an Administrator that helps to reduce the risk.

    Whether one solution is better than another is hard to determine, as tomorrow’s malware isn’t known about today...
    • ClippTube
    • By ClippTube 9th Feb 18, 5:34 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 5:34 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 5:34 PM
    No, Windows Defender works fine, and if you want, you can install avast browser checker add-on on google chrome and other major search engines to check if the website is safe
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 9th Feb 18, 6:34 PM
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    The problem with the free version of Malwarebytes is that it doesn’t run in the background, by the time you run a scan it’s often too late.
    ...
    Originally posted by Frozen_up_north

    Agreed - That's why I often add the caveat "coupled with a dose of common sense"


    If you are more of the "click happy" persuasion then I would advise that the premium may be a worthwhile investment - Certainly over and above any paid AV
    Running with scissors since 1978
    • DesertWind
    • By DesertWind 10th Feb 18, 8:49 AM
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    Try the 90 Day Free Trial with Bitdefender Total Security https://www.bitdefender.com/site/Facebook/redFreeDownload

    I use it.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 10th Feb 18, 10:42 PM
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    You use the 90 day free trial, what will you use after 90 days?
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