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Do I need an antivirus like McAfee if I have SP2?

by t3d2p1 / December 15, 2004 1:15 PM PST

I guess this is a pretty stupid question, but I'm confused after reading all the forum answers about SP2. Someone said that you should not have antivirus software if you are installing SP2. I have McAfee running with Personal Firewall and Antivirus. Is that redundant if I have SP2 or do I need it also?

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Do I need an antivirus like McAfee if I have SP2?
by Echo2 / December 15, 2004 1:55 PM PST

Yes. Please get yourself a good antivirus ie. Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Nod32, F-Secure, Kaspersky or BitDefender.

Best to you,

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by mzzzzz / January 12, 2005 7:38 PM PST

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Indeed you do.
by Papa Echo / December 15, 2004 3:47 PM PST

If you really have SP2, its Security Center will prompt you to install an anti-virus software. It will actually detect which program you have (not all), and if it cannot find any, tell you so.

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RE. SP2 Mcafee?
by Amer Jarrar / December 15, 2004 5:49 PM PST

Sp2 is not an antivirus prorame it can only monitor your Mcafee programe, i recommend that you keep on using it


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sp2 has a firewall
by vera kofler / December 15, 2004 6:42 PM PST
In reply to: RE. SP2 Mcafee?

sp2 has a firewall and most antivirus have allso a firewall and you have to use only one and desable the other, there is where you may be confused.

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by glb613 / December 15, 2004 6:49 PM PST

"Someone said that you should not have antivirus software if you are installing SP2.:

The recommendation is to turn off your antivirus program while installing SP2. Once the installation is completed, you need to restart your computer. That will start your antivirus program again.

If you like McAfee, continue to use it. Make sure you keep it up to date and run scans often.

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