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I uninstalled McAfee. Can I install new software?

by vickychess422 / November 2, 2009 8:26 AM PST

I'm not a beginner but probably fall into the category of advanced beginner. Happy I have a Windows XP Home SP 3 computer. And I your need help. I've had McAfee the past two years and it has been a drag on my system and creates ongoing problems. I also installed Max Registry Cleaner & Spyware 2010. Yesterday McAfee informed me that my protection wasn't working and that I should reinstall. Well, I decided to uninstall instead. Can I now install a new antivirus program (I have Shield Deluxe 2010 in mind)? Or should I remove the Max products first? Can I operate all of them at the same time? What do you think the best Antivirus/Internet Security program is? Thanks! Vicky

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Are You Sure "Spyware 2010" Is the Name Of That Software?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 11:11 AM PST

If so, it's probably "malware" and needs to be removed using a "good" antispyware removal tool such as Malwarebytes or SuperAntispyware.. Let us know.

As to the registry cleaner product, you'll find that most registry cleaners seem to cause more problems than they fix.. I've yet to see a registry cleaner that actually increased performance, yet we frequently see such cleaners create substantial problems on these forums. It's your decision whether to keep it.

As to reinstalling a new antivirus program after removing McAfee, the answer is YES. As to which one you use, that's your choice.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks for your help.
by vickychess422 / November 2, 2009 9:49 PM PST

Grif: The exact name of the spyware program is "Max Spyware Detector 2010". Is this malware? Re my question on McAfee: I uninstalled it from Add/Remove Programs. I understand there may be a lot of files, etc. left behind. For that reason I'm nervous about downloading a new antivirus/internet security program. Also re: Max Registry and Max Spyware: Can I simply remove them from Add/Remove Programs? I appreciate your help! Vicky

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Re: Max Spyware Detector 2010 and Max Registry Cleaner
by Tufenuf / November 2, 2009 10:00 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks for your help.
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As Grif MAY mention .. The McAfee MCPR.exe
by Carol~ Moderator / November 2, 2009 11:42 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks for your help.
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by geekphreak / November 2, 2009 12:52 PM PST
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