“Ur Advice on Computer Security” was the subject line to an email I received this morning from a friend and it dawned on me that this would make for a good real world blog post to hopefully incite some response and advice from some of the professionals out there.
The email conversation went like this:
I have been using McAfee software for security purposes for more than a year. Now, it is time to renew. Do you think McAfee is a good protection? What do you recommend?
Good Morning Friend,
There are numerous FREE options out there as well, that are not as resource hungry as the paid versions. For example, on my PC’s I use Microsoft Security Essentials. Then you will find the likes, such as AVG, Avast, Avira, etc…
Now something to point out here. If you decide to discontinue with the McAfee’s protection it is important that you get it completely uninstalled from your PC so that it does not conflict with whatever you end up going with. The typical uninstall process in Windows “will not” remove it. Many of the antivirus/anti-malware products actually have there own uninstallers that you have to download, but there is a utility that I have used numerous times that is engineered to specifically remove security software called AppRemover. You simply download it, run it, and follow the prompts.
Security software is one of the biggest rackets out there. No matter what you install or have in place, you are always at risk. In today’s world of the internet, most malware attacks are the result of clicking on what appears to be a legitimate web link to only find out it was a bad link. Once the trigger is pulled, there is no going back… It will unleash a stream of trojans that most of the time happens so quickly (and quietly) that the user does not even know it is happening until they start seeing false warnings on their PC that looks like real professional software. These trojans often will completely shutdown your security software and other security components on the PC; and bribe you for money.
In the end, if McAfee’s has worked for you and you are happy, then go for it.