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trapper36

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new dell desktop computer
I have purchased a new Dell Inspiron (3847) desktop with windows 7 pro. In fact I have not even taken it out of the box yet.

It came with Mcafee Security Centre which Dell is apparently promoting. But, I might just forgo the Mcafee and install Avast Free Anti-virus, plus MBAM Free, and SuperAntispyware Free. I had Mcafee on a PC many years ago and I do not have anything good to remember about it.

What do you all think.

Thanks.
 
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I think its a personal decision. i would put in the one that you feel the most comfortable with whether a free one or one that you have to pay for.
 

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After you uninstall McAfee in that computer, make sure to download and save and then run its removal tool (MCPR.exe) so it can find and remove the leftover file and registry debris.

As Sue said, replace it with whatever you're familiar and comfortable with.

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Be sure to have the program you want to use ready to be installed BEFORE you uninstall McAfee.

I usually download what I need to a USB stick and do not connect a new computer to the internet until I have an av and Malwarebytes installed.
 

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I use Avast AV as a resident shield and use Malwarebytes and SAS as stand alone scanners once a month. You shouldn't run several malware products simultaneously as they will likely clash.
Also being careful about where you point your browser and what you download is far more important.
 
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Malware products can be run together and certainly free versions cause no issues and in fact many times it is necessary to run more than one AntiMalware program because there is no single program that is much good at removing anything.

Because we haven't seen a real virus in years, it really does not matter which one you choose and the discussion can get nasty and long as every0one has their favorite. But why people think it is a good idea to surf the Internet crapping up your entire system and then ripping out the bloatware colected monthly by scanning with AntiMalware programs astonishes me. For $24.95 a year up to about $59 a year there are quite a number of paid programs that will keep all that out "at the gate" which I hope many of you see the advantages of. Malwarebytes, Emsisoft, Eset Smart Suite, Webroot and many others have AntiMalware programs available which will keep most of that from entering your system in the first place and that plus watching carefully what you click on by taking your responsibility to surf safely will make a lot of parts run better and last longer. Sooner or later "ripping" "junkware" off of a hard drive will scar the drive and shorten it's life.
 
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