There are fine alternatives to McAfee but windows is not solid enough to go without AV and firewalls. Your list didn't have any AV or firewall.
' I'm absolutely fed up to the gills of the constant
intervention, via popups, of the Macfee Bloat'
I've recent[y upgraded my Toshiba laptop to Windows 8,1
and don't recall having the problem with I'm a
bit green but would it be safe to disable both Defender and Firewall? They're not in use now but I suppose I'm nervous re taking the final step..
For the few years since having one laptopor another,I've
used a combination of firstly,Adware; followed by Malwarebytes Anti Malware ending wand ith JRT. I also
use SuperAntiSpyware..All of these are free versions
and I've never had any trouble/
Shall I disable- will it be safe to do so?--the Windows/ Macafee Defender & Firewall?