McAfee downloaded anti-virus without my permission! Can they do this?

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McAfee downloaded anti-virus without my permission!

I had several bad experiences with Mcafee tech support and don't want to use their product. do they download their products to my laptop without asking for permission ?
 

Maurizio Troso

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re: McAfee downloaded anti-virus without my permission!

I had several bad experiences with Mcafee tech support and don't want to use their product. do they download their products to my laptop without asking for permission ?

Only if you are installing something freeware using fast configuration instead of advanced, and you forget to skip / unselect some sponsor.
That's the easiest way to find new things on a pc.
Search and download the mcafee remover, it exists
 

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re: McAfee downloaded anti-virus without my permission!

Yep... Likely it piggybacked on an installer if you had previously removed it from your system.

In general - it is best to avoid "download havens" and sites like CNet, Softpedia, et al and even many blog sites. Typing "free" in your search string often gets you these places as a result.

Yes it is free and yes it (probably) is the program you are seeking, but these places typically make money by "bundling" other "offers" into the installer. It is the #1 way in which the average consumer adds bloat to their system and cause it to slow down.

Do your research on what program or utility you want and then seek out the publisher's website for your download. "Easy" has a hidden cost most times.


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Did you install an Adobe product such as Adobe Reader? They're notorious for adding extra bloatware if you just click install without unchecking the extra bloat.
 

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Re: McAfee downloaded anti-virus without my permission!

Someone I know constantly trashes their desktop by being uniformed ends up with toolbars, antivirus scan tools, malware, hijackers and other fun.
It's a monthly battle to keep him up and running.
Hope his identity remains unscathed.

It's a dangerous cyber world out there.
Stay vigilant.
:grin:
 

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