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Windows 8 Security/Privacy Advice Needed

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Hi everyone:

Due to my Vista system losing the hard drive, I needed a new computer - yes, it is Windows 8.1. My question is what is suggested to keep it running in tip-top shape? It currently has a trial version of McAfee installed and I am not a fan. On my old system, I was using the free version of Avast! along with Malwarebytes, SpywareBlaster and a paid copy of TuneUp Utilities. Can anyone suggest if these should be installed on my new Windows 8/8.1 system or if I should try something else? I have not yet installed anything security/privacy related and am relying on the tools that came with the system.

Thank you!
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not sure about tuneup compatibility with win 8.1. The rest of the utilities works fine with it. Just remember to uninstall McAfee first.

also, if you want a start menu (not just the ability to boot to desktop) feel free to try classic shell.
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