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Norton or McAfee?


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KW2102

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Hello. I have a new computer that came preinstalled with McAfee Security Center... But Norton Security Center is also on my computer. I have read in some of your other forums that more than one antivirus application will conflict, so what should I do? Thanks.
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Well Norton or Mcafee are in my top spot, I'd get rid of them both and go with NOD32 or Kaspersky. If you have no other option, then I'd take Mcafee. Actually I do have a Mcafee Virusscan 2007 Plus CD I bought :)
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I personally dislike both. If anything, I would suggest Norton, just because I find it superior to McAfee. If you can, get rid of both and give Kaspersky a shot. NOD32 is great, but it takes over a day to scan my computer. Yes, it's time for me to remove some files I guess :) The main issue with Norton is that it "hogs" all of the system resources, making it significantly slower. McAfee, for me anyway, is just a poorly designed program. I've had a lot of issues with McAfee.
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No one really answered the question here. No, you don't want to have two anti-virus programs installed. The question I have is whether they are both full subscriptions. I've seen McAfee pre-installed as a 3 month trial. In that case, uninstall and go with the Norton if you've already paid for it. Ideally, I wouldn't recommend either of them either, but if you've paid for a subscription, I'm not going to tell you to throw that money away. If they're both full subscriptions, I would stick with Norton as the lesser of two evils. If you want to change to another antivirus entirely, the NOD32 is well worth the money. It is light on system resources, and despite what Facedown says, it is a much faster scanner. His experience with scanning is definitely not the norm for that program (definitely time to clean out files!). AVG and Avast have good free programs, and Kaspersky is also worth considering. I hope this helps.
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happyrock

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you also don't want to have 2 firewalls...they will fight
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I suggest posting your questions in the Malware forum as well, the specialists generally know more about that than we do.
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It's fine that the question was asked here - the malware forum is strictly for cleaning infected computers and questions of this sort should not be asked there.
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