1. Closingracer's Avatar
    I just bought a Dell G7 and it came with 1 year free of McAfee. I usually avoid both like the plague but I do have some recent experience with Dell since I got an All on 1 for free to review and liked it so I figured between price and the fact it is the only laptop with the 1060 Max Q under $1,000 I will get this laptop. Probably need to add a HDD since the 256GB SSD ( SATA meh ) is to small for me and gaming. Anyways I thought ill ask for thoughts on McAfee since it is a free year. Do have about 7 months left of AVG premium or whatever I also got for free.
    08-08-2018 02:26 PM
  2. rthonpm's Avatar
    My experience with both the consumer and enterprise versions of McAfee is that it's a memory intensive application, and the more RAM your device has, the more it will take.

    Following best practices of using a non-admin account for regular use, ad blockers for your browsers, and regular updates of all software on your machine along with the built-in Windows Defender is likely going to give you a much better experience.

    Overall, we're sort of in the same space with Antivirus that we were with firewalls before XP, when you needed a third-party tool. Once Microsoft added a firewall, the need for third-party ones dropped to nothing at the workstation side.
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    08-09-2018 09:19 AM
  3. realwarder's Avatar
    My experience with both the consumer and enterprise versions of McAfee is that it's a memory intensive application, and the more RAM your device has, the more it will take.

    Following best practices of using a non-admin account for regular use, ad blockers for your browsers, and regular updates of all software on your machine along with the built-in Windows Defender is likely going to give you a much better experience.

    Overall, we're sort of in the same space with Antivirus that we were with firewalls before XP, when you needed a third-party tool. Once Microsoft added a firewall, the need for third-party ones dropped to nothing at the workstation side.
    Second this. Edge with an Ad blocker Extension (like ublock origin) with Windows Defender is very good protection these days.

    We have McAfee on some server installs and it eats memory. No idea why but it does. To the point of impacting other applications.
    08-09-2018 03:22 PM
  4. Closingracer's Avatar
    Second this. Edge with an Ad blocker Extension (like ublock origin) with Windows Defender is very good protection these days.

    We have McAfee on some server installs and it eats memory. No idea why but it does. To the point of impacting other applications.
    Eh rather have a third party solution
    08-09-2018 07:22 PM
  5. unmorphed's Avatar
    I wouldn't give McAfee or Norton a dime.
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    08-09-2018 07:52 PM
  6. Closingracer's Avatar
    I wouldn't give McAfee or Norton a dime.
    McAfee was free with my purchase for a year. I also got AVG for free for a year.
    08-09-2018 07:59 PM
  7. rthonpm's Avatar
    Eh rather have a third party solution
    Third-party solutions have been found to open even larger security issues. Consider just how deep into the kernel AV applications have to put hooks. McAfee, Symantec, and many other third-party AV suites have all had vulnerabilities discovered that could an attacker full kernel access.
    UN4GTBL likes this.
    08-13-2018 06:30 AM
  8. Timbre70's Avatar
    Conclusion, stick to windows defender.
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    08-13-2018 09:53 AM
  9. Closingracer's Avatar
    Conclusion, stick to windows defender.
    And yet I’m not going to . As many issues you find with third party the same can be said with defender
    08-13-2018 08:02 PM
  10. boydtoven's Avatar
    I installed McAfee bc it comes free with AT&T home internet. It does devour memory.
    08-24-2018 10:52 AM
  11. Steve Ridges's Avatar
    I'm running McAfee on my Surface Book 2 and it works fine. Does it use more mem than Defender? I don't know and don't care since every other app I use on my PC runs great. Yesterday, it notified me of a suspicious .jar file it had quarantined so it's doing its job. I'm happy.
    08-24-2018 11:37 AM
  12. IdleMind's Avatar
    Personally I can't stand McAfee. I found it to be very intrusive. I've used Avast free antivirus for years with no problem. Lately I've been using just Windows Defender, along with ad and script blockers in my browser. I have my DNS setup on OpenDNS. So far my system has been working fine with no problems from malicious content or intrusions.
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    08-24-2018 01:22 PM
  13. letsfindscams's Avatar
    I have a lot of experience with McAfee. My company has a contract with Intel to provide McAfee Livesafe with our services. Is it perfect? No, but it gets the job done well and better than most. That being said their Livesafe product does seem to be better coded and run better than their Anti Virus or Internet Security products. It's also miles ahead of that free version your ISP provides. Certainly better than the free alternatives. I can't tell you the number of times clients have come in, completely infected with malware and they were using Avg, Avira, etc because someone they know swears by it. If your knowledgeable and know what your doing online they aren't bad, but certainly not good for most users.
    All that being said, when Intel bought McAfee we starting seeing the once crapware version turn into a much better software. With the latest versions of Livesafe at least, we aren't noticing it using very much memory on most machine. Yes, it will run slow on older machines and low end CPUs but most modern security will do. I have Livesafe installed on 30 plus machines (in addition to client installs) without a performance hit.
    08-25-2018 01:25 AM
  14. tgp's Avatar
    Businesses should use a good enterprise grade 3rd party solution. Consumers should just use the built in solution, which is Windows Defender. There can of course be exceptions, but this is a rule of thumb.
    08-25-2018 08:37 AM
  15. Long Xuyen's Avatar
    It sure seems to slow my laptop severely and updating virus definitions seems to take forever as does its effect on files or sites being downloaded. Peace of mind? Sure. Deluding myself? Don't know but isn't it better than nothing?
    08-27-2018 07:34 AM
  16. tgp's Avatar
    It sure seems to slow my laptop severely and updating virus definitions seems to take forever as does its effect on files or sites being downloaded. Peace of mind? Sure. Deluding myself? Don't know but isn't it better than nothing?
    Windows Defender is active by default if nothing else is active. You shouldn't need anything else.

    The single most important component of your PC's security is between the keyboard and the chair.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-27-2018 08:24 AM
  17. raffm's Avatar
    The best thing about McAfee is the multi-device protection, namely, you can use one McAfee subscription across all your devices.
    However, as you heard, McAfee got a loads of complaints as well, the major downside of the AV is the large consumption to ram and heavy impact on system performance. Moreover, when it comes to price, McAfee is even more pricy in the comparison with most of same or higher level antivirus, like Panda Protection Advanced and Norton.
    I've always thought that a free antivirus is fairly enough for a personal or home computer, you can move to this thread in this forum talking about Best Free AV for a thought - https://forums.windowscentral.com/wi...ight=antivirus
    Cheers
    Last edited by raffm; 08-30-2018 at 08:01 PM.
    08-30-2018 05:06 AM

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