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McAfee or Avast... THAT is a question
« on: June 08, 2008, 08:17:38 PM »
My ISP has the option of having McAfee Antivirus and Firewall being installed.

Generally, I steer away from McAfee, but, I will admit, it has gotten better.

I am wondering:
Protection abilities wise, would it be a better idea to go with Avast or McAfee? Either way, I would be getting it free.

What are the pros and cons of either?

I am really not sure where to go with that...
I dont know if McAfee is as fast with its resident scanner as Avast is... I that with older versions of McAfee, your system could really be slowed down, and that Avast wasnt nearly as bad.. I have no idea about the new one though.

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Re: McAfee or Avast... THAT is a question
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2008, 08:19:06 PM »
Personally, I'd stay away from McAfee.

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Re: McAfee or Avast... THAT is a question
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2008, 09:17:35 PM »
I haven't had any experience with McAfee in years and the only serious problems I have ever assisted in was it's removal, and those seem to be rare 'stubborn' uninstalls. But then there is a tool - McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool - that takes care of that.

Personally I may give it a try since it's free. What's to loose besides gaining knowledge?

You could always do a before and after with the McAffee Internet Connection Speedometer just for kicks.....

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Re: McAfee or Avast... THAT is a question
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2008, 10:10:11 PM »
Well, I think I will try it. I assume I dont need the MSN Explorer software installed to run it..

I can get the McAfee Firewall, and Webroot for MSN, but, I think I will stick to Defender, and Windows Firewall... (Yes, I realize some of you dont think Defender is a good program.. but, it does decently)

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Re: McAfee or Avast... THAT is a question
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2008, 10:25:22 PM »
Windows Defender actually popped up and alerted me to something yesterday (updating and activating the new version of malwarebytes real time protection) which was a shocker. Haven't had that happen in months! Maybe the last update did something?

As long as McAfee's firewall and AV will work OK without each other it sounds like a good plan.

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Re: McAfee or Avast... THAT is a question
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2008, 10:33:23 PM »
Windows Defender actually popped up and alerted me to something yesterday (updating and activating the new version of malwarebytes real time protection) which was a shocker. Haven't had that happen in months! Maybe the last update did something?

As long as McAfee's firewall and AV will work OK without each other it sounds like a good plan.
Now to wait for their site to no longer be under maintenance... and to cross my fingers hoping that it wont end up charging extra due to some random policy changes that they made without telling anyone down the line way back...