Did McAfee expire on you too? I have good news…

For those of you who, like me, received your laptop about one year ago, you may have noticed that your McAfee antivirus/security center subscription has now expired. That means no more updates to the virus database (and frequent, ANNOYING reminders of this from the program itself) unless you pony up the cash to resubscribe.

HOWEVER, there is a better (read: “cheaper”) way.

You can do like I did and uninstall McAfee entirely, and replace it with a good FREE antivirus program, like PC Tools Antivirus.

Here’s how you do it:  First, download the official McAfee program uninstaller.  (Click HERE.) Double-click to run it.  WARNING: this will entirely remove your McAfee protection and leave you exposed to viruses until you activate a new virus program.  Don’t choose NOW to go surfing. Reboot when you are prompted to do so.

At this point, Windows will probably tell you that you aren’t protected because you MAY not have antivirus software installed. :mrgreen:

Next, download your free program of choice.  I recommend PC Tools Antivirus, as it runs well on my system, and takes up very few resources… in essence, it runs faster and slimmer than McAfee EVER did, and slows things down a lot less.  Click HERE to download it. Double click the installer once it finishes downloading, and follow the easy prompts it gives you to install it.

Protection begins immediately.  I recommend hitting the SCAN NOW button when you see it pop up.

Now you’re all set!  Happy safe surfing!

Many thanks to the How-To GeekHere is his article on PC Tools Antivirus. He also recently profiled several other FREE security software packages, so you can find one that suits you.


1 Response to “Did McAfee expire on you too? I have good news…”

  1. April 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    UPDATE: I’ve dumped PC Tools AntiVirus (got tired of Vista asking me to give it permission every time it needed to hiccup) and I’m running Microsoft Security Essentials exclusively these last several months. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

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