McAfee - Should I Pay For An Upgrade or Rely on AVG Free?

By Smell the Glove
Dec 29, 2005
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  1. Hi,

    I've got 45 days left on my McAfee Internet Security Suite and was wondering whether or not it is worth the £50 upgrade fee.

    I run McAfee with AVG Free as a back up. I just wondered whether or not it is worth paying my money or relying on the Free Software on the net.

    Any advice?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    IMHO I`d recommend to get rid of McAfee altogether, and run the Free AVG antivirus, and the free zonealarm firewall.

    I think you`ll see a performance boost to your system.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,348

    I have that same combo howard, ZA and AVG free, and as far as i can see im virius free and it dosnt slow my system down
    I agree with howard to get rid of Macafee as sometimes avg and other virus programs dont get along
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    no need to pay for anti-virus programs.

    You can obtain quite a few anti-virus removers/ programs for free.

    I'm a big believer in open-source software.

    AVG is free
    clam-win is free
    Avast is free
    antidote is free
    anti-virus personal edition classic is free
    Norton corporate is free (for USA Federal employees)
    and there are others
  5. MtnBiker

    MtnBiker Newcomer, in training

    Most of these do provide free versions but please consider supporting the authors by donating to the cause or buying the software. Consider what the value is if they protect you from one trojan or virus!

    Scott
  6. Xtra

    Xtra Newcomer, in training Posts: 46

    I got rid of Norton Internet Security. It was working fine but using a lot of resources. I use AVG Free Edition + Sygate Firewall. It has been more than a month now. I spend most of my day on the computer and surf a lot. I don't have any problems or any suspicious thing going on my computer so far. Its also faster!
  7. Smell the Glove

    Smell the Glove Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Thanks, that sounds like a good Antivirus/firewall combo.

    :grinthumb
  8. Smell the Glove

    Smell the Glove Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 35

    I think that sounds like a great idea. I'm quite willing to donate, after all they've helped me out in the past and besides the free software has helped me to detect just as many nasties as McAfee.
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