I think that you should ditch McAfee. My mom's new PC did come with McAfee and boy that new PC was slow even with the 1 G of RAM. I took it off and added the programs that I now use. The speed did went up a lot. At last on my and my mom's PCs.
This is the list programs that I use on my laptop and added my mom's PC. The best part they are all free
Anti-virus: AVG 8 Free
Spyware scaners: Spy-bot and Malwarebytes's Anti-malware
Firewall: Comedo Pro firewall
General cleaning: CCleaner
When choosing an anti-virus or firewall remember that you should have only have one installed at a time. However, you are able to have more than one anti-spyware installed at a time.
Those are some other ones that I have used in the past that you may want to take a look at.
Anti-virus: Avast Home Edition and Avira AntiVir Personal
Anti-Spyware: Lavasoft AD-Ware, Spyware Terminator, and Supperantispyware
Firewall: Zone Alarm
Hopefully this helps you in your choice.
I just stumbled across this forum today after extensive searches for "top antispyware", etc. I've already spent hours and hours browsing through the stickies and posts and I have already downloaded many tools and noted numerous tips that other users have posted. I would just like to say thanks for this amazing community.
With that said...
When I bought this laptop, it came pre-installed with McAfee Security Center and a free 1-year subscription. For the past 6 months, I have solely been using McAfee as my AV. I was planning to surf through this first year with McAfee, but I have been growing increasingly concerned due to the number of people who criticize McAfee and Norton as well as how sluggishly my computer has been acting lately. Browsing the forum lead me to this post:
"All you need is one good anti-virus,one good anti-spyware scanner,a keyscrambler and a anti-spyware shield."
Searching for "top antispyware" led me to these programs: Spyware Terminator (which i now use for it's real-time shield), AVG 8.0 (which I just uninstalled because it has definitely made my comp slower), malwarebytes, and superantispyware. The problem is that the MAJORITY of these sites/forums were outdated (2005 and before).
I need your suggestions on whether or not I should ditch McAfee and install another (preferably free) Antivirus program, which Firewall (I currently use McAfee's) is the best, which anti-spyware I should use for it's shields (is Spyware Terminator outdated? i don't hear much about it anymore), and which other anti-spyware scanners I should download?
Thank you very much for your time and any help is appreciated!