Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?

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Subject: Re: Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently?
Posted by:  FromTheRafters (errat…@nomail.afraid.org)
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013

On Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:16:21 -0700 (PDT)
Hugo Ripanykhazov <licensedtoqui…@gmail.com> wrote:

> Been using Mac and Linux for a few years and was just given a new computer with Windows 8 on it.  A few days after I started using it, I was told to update my McAfee security, I watched closely to make sure I wasnt being sold something or asked to agree to anything and it does seem that McAfee was pre-installed.  I am aware of the scary stories out there about what McAfee does at the end of your year's subscription to ensure that you pay them a new subscription fee.
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> Suddenly, MaAfee started warning me about some completely harmless site it has blocked, actually it was WNLY (CBS) in New York (risky connection blocked 69.25.201.71).  McAfee told me to go to some site to check what it had blocked. I did and everything it told me looked completely harmless. All it said was 'we think this is high risk'.  But mysteriously I have some additional tool bar (mixidj or something??) which I didnt want or need or DEFINITELY agree to!  And this being Chrome, I cant get rid of it easily, which is obnoxious.  And I am not completely convinced about the absolute invincibility of McAfee because suddenly I got a pop up ad appearing its own window under whatever I was browsing. I do plan to get an updated HOSTS file from MVPS.ORG and figure out how to install it in Windows 8.
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> I am suspicious now and want to know, is this McAfee trying to make itself look indispensable? Should I uninstall it or does it perform any useful purpose? I don't normally visit any dangerous sites but am aware that some sort of av may be necessary if malware has infiltrated some innocuous site. I dont want McAfee to make me neurotic about surfing the internet

If you can suffer along with it until it asks for money, I would do so.
Then, I would dump it and got a free AV with less obnoxious "features".

Until then, see about learning how to disable the most obnoxious
features.

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Just got windows computer and wondered what the status of AV was currently? posted by Hugo Ripanykhazov on Tue, 22 Oct 2013