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    Default Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    hey guys

    do these two products do the same thing?
    or is mcafee ($59/yr) 'more full featured' than the (free) Windows defender (free) program that comes with windows 8?

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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    I've been using Win8 since January and have had zero need to install a tried party security program. Of course I know better than to open sketchy emails or click on popups so I don't need a program to nanny me.
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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    I've never liked Mcafee.

    And I have no experience with Win8.

    Sorry for wasting your time with this post.

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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    Please don't pay for an antivirus program.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    http://www.superantispyware.com/

    And

    http://www.avast.com/en-us/index as onboard protection is all you need.

    All free and the best out there.

    Enjoy.

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    [QUOTE=TheLivingDead;3452961]Please don't pay for an antivirus program.

    +1 :-)

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    I avoid the issue by using a Mac.

    If Microsoft is in the game, I gotta go with them. It means they want Mcaffee out.
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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    Basically MS took their MS Security Essentials program and built it in to Windows 8. There really isn't any need to install a third party AV program anymore. Defender does virus scan and has a firewall built in. I guess if you like redundancy go ahead and waste your money.
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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    thanks
    that's what I suspected, but wanted confirmation
    now I have to figure out how to disable/remove mcafee (1 month trial subscription) and re-enable windows defender

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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    It should be a simple setting in the control panel to deactivate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    It should be a simple setting in the control panel to deactivate it.
    kinda funny reading 'advice' on a computer issue from you, Stephen

    yeah, one would think that 'control panel' would be the place to start ... but the free/bloatware is intertwined deeper than that, or so it seems .... even the message it pops up when trying to start defender is customized to show that mcaffee is running and that I should subscribe

    this is on a dell 14z from staples

    anyone else have a suggestion?
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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    Yes..... touch the start button on your keyboard (or get into the metro view), type uninstall on your keyboard, look over on the right hand side of your screen, select programs, look back to the left of your screen, select uninstall a program. You will now see all your programs. Simply scroll to McAfee and select uninstall. It well then most likely load a web page for you to answer why you choose to remove.

    Good luck

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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    Format C:\ drive, put in system disc, reload OS, opt out of McAfee free trial offer.

    You cannot uninstall McAfee or Norton. They both see this command as a threat and will corrupt your himemsys and drive index table on their way out.
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    Sorry, Bill. That was supposed to say "activate". Previous versions of defender had a place to turn it on.

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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    Uninstall the McAfee products from Programs in Control Panel.
    It will require the usual restart.

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    I buy a new copy of Norton Internet Security every year off of Amazon for $17. You avoid the yearly $59 renewal fee doing it that way and you still get a top of the line trusted program. Yes there are free programs out there that work great for the average user, but $17 is not much money to invest in an industry leading program that works. I'm a firm believer that the paid programs will always be better than the free stuff.
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    /\ Souper!

    I haven't used Norton in years. When I did, it worked well. BUT, it was a bloated, resource hog of a program. Has that improved any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    /\ Souper!

    I haven't used Norton in years. When I did, it worked well. BUT, it was a bloated, resource hog of a program. Has that improved any?
    Tremendously. In fact the 2012 version got a ton of praise for how light it is. I don't even notice that it's there and it's the only program I find to be reliable 100% of the time at stopping threats. Plus the link scanner is pretty handy for letting you know what links are and are not safe when you do Google searches and stuff. I keep Malwarebytes on my machine as a backup but I've never had a need to use it with Norton protecting me.
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    Default Re: Windows defender vs. Mcafee for windows 8

    thanks all - will try this stuff and see what happens
    no distribution media so format c: is not an option I want to pursue if I can help it
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    I'm not completely ignorant in the ways of the PC. It simply that they're out to get me.

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