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Jaypie

Does someone use the new security service named " McAfee Security from Bell
"

I would like to know if it's worth switching ?

Thank you

Jaypie
 
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Yousuf Khan

Does someone use the new security service named " McAfee Security from
Bell "

I would like to know if it's worth switching ?
It's just your ISP (Bell Canada, I assume) packaging an anti-virus
product with your ISP subscription. I wouldn't bother with it. You can
get plenty of good anti-virus products without using McAfee. For
example, you can use AVG, Avira, or event Microsoft's own Security
Essentials. All are free for individuals to use.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Ken Blake

It's just your ISP (Bell Canada, I assume) packaging an anti-virus
product with your ISP subscription. I wouldn't bother with it. You can
get plenty of good anti-virus products without using McAfee. For
example, you can use AVG, Avira, or event Microsoft's own Security
Essentials. All are free for individuals to use.

And even more important, all of those are better than McAfee.
 
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Paul

Jaypie said:
Does someone use the new security service named " McAfee Security from
Bell "

I would like to know if it's worth switching ?

Thank you

Jaypie
If you want some test data on AV products, try the chart here.
The drop-down options at the top, will give you the different charts.

http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

What tests like that don't tell you, is how annoying the
product is, and how much it slows down every-day operation
of the computer. Some of the products are hard to remove later
as well, when you're sick of them. Even using the special "remover"
download, might not completely remove them.

See the Product Review section here...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McAfee_Inc.

"Computer Shopper Magazine gave "McAfee Total Protection" a score
of 2.5 of 5 stars. They concluded "McAfee Total Protection 2012
has plenty of security tools and protects against malware well
enough, but once an infection takes place, it’s not good at
removing it."

That article should give you enough material to start your
research.

Note that McAfee is now owned by Intel, and Intel bought them
for an insane amount of money (~ $8 billion). Exactly why
Intel did that, who knows. They should have bought "Angry
Birds" instead :)

HTH,
Paul
 
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Paul in Houston TX

Jaypie said:
Does someone use the new security service named " McAfee Security from
Bell "

I would like to know if it's worth switching ?

Thank you

Jaypie
Switching from what?
 
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Jaypie

"Paul in Houston TX" a écrit dans le message de groupe de discussion :
kpb6q9$4t3$1@dont-email.me...
Does someone use the new security service named " McAfee Security from
Bell "

I would like to know if it's worth switching ?

Thank you

Jaypie
Switching from what?
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I'm presently using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Before, I was using Bell Internet Security which will be
cancelled as of June 30th 2013.
 
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Paul in Houston TX

Jaypie said:
"Paul in Houston TX" a écrit dans le message de groupe de discussion :
kpb6q9$4t3$1@dont-email.me...


Switching from what?
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I'm presently using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Before, I was using Bell Internet Security which will be
cancelled as of June 30th 2013.
Imo, stick with MSE. McAf is a bloatware drag on the system.
Slows everything down. Corp had it for a while then went with
MSE instead. MSE is hardly noticeable and is easily updated.
Use Avira Linux boot CD for a major scan if you suspect a virus.
 
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Wolf K

And even more important, all of those are better than McAfee.
Bundled software is cheap, that's why it's bundled. And it's cheap
mostly for two reasons: a) it's crap; or b) it's outdated.
 
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Wolf K

Imo, stick with MSE. McAf is a bloatware drag on the system.
Slows everything down. Corp had it for a while then went with
MSE instead. MSE is hardly noticeable and is easily updated.
Use Avira Linux boot CD for a major scan if you suspect a virus.
+1.

Re: using a Linux live CD. You'll have problems if your machine is
current Win 8, it will have UEFI on it, which prevents booting from
anything other than Win8. You can bypass it by resetting the machine to
use legacy boot devices, but it takes more than point'n'click.
 
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Paul in Houston TX

Wolf said:
+1.

Re: using a Linux live CD. You'll have problems if your machine is
current Win 8, it will have UEFI on it, which prevents booting from
anything other than Win8. You can bypass it by resetting the machine to
use legacy boot devices, but it takes more than point'n'click.
Interesting! I did not think of that.
 
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Dave

Re: using a Linux live CD. You'll have problems if your machine is
current Win 8, it will have UEFI on it, which prevents booting from
anything other than Win8. You can bypass it by resetting the machine to
use legacy boot devices, but it takes more than point'n'click.
That's interesting, I don't have Win 8, but I tried to help a friend do
some initial work on a new HP all-in-one and couldn't boot from a cd or usb
stick. It sounds like what you post might have been the problem.
If you switch to legacy boot can you still boot to Win 8 or do you have to
switch back.
His machine came with absolutely no documentation or media, however, he is
very happy with tech support when he needed it.
 
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Juan Wei

Dave has written on 6/14/2013 12:54 PM:
That's interesting, I don't have Win 8, but I tried to help a friend do
some initial work on a new HP all-in-one and couldn't boot from a cd or usb
stick. It sounds like what you post might have been the problem.
If you switch to legacy boot can you still boot to Win 8 or do you have to
switch back.
How do you switch to legacy boot?
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Dave has written on 6/14/2013 12:54 PM:

How do you switch to legacy boot?
IIRC, that would entail going into the BIOS settings.

Rather than reboot to check it out, I'll wait for someone who actually
*knows* to reply :)
 
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Wolf K

IIRC, that would entail going into the BIOS settings.

Rather than reboot to check it out, I'll wait for someone who actually
*knows* to reply :)
I googled on "how to access BIOS on Windows 8 with UEFI", the first hit was
http://acer--uk.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27102/~/accessing-the-uefi-(bios)-setup-on-a-windows-8-system

It worked, but there are other hits that look OK to me. I have _not_
reset the machine to use UEFI. It just boots into W8 as usual.

I wanted to use a Linux CD to change the password on the HP box that I
inherited from my son, but that turned out to be more of a hassle than
I'd bargained for. So I just backed up all the data on it, and used W8's
reset to factory default state, ie, it was like a brand-new machine. I
didn't need the games my son had installed.

HTH
 

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