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sandral
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Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

I have "McAfee Total Protection".  Last night I clicked on a link in FB Messenger from a friend...I thought. I received no warning or indication the link was risky but as soon as I did though I decided I should run my McAfee. It said there were no problems indicated. This morning I see that friend says he was hacked and the link is malware. Would McAfee protect against malware as well as viruses?? If my scan says there is no problem can I rest easy? And as I posted a while ago, this morning I have a "McAfee" popup I've never seen previously that my software needs to be updated and is about to be installed. Is this from a malware or is legit (my subscription was renewed just a couple of days ago if it might be from that though don't recall messages like this previously). Do I need to take some kind of action please? Thank you.

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Reliable Contributor exbrit
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

It should be genuine but to be sure I would run some extra software such as MalwareBytes or Zemana, see the link below.  The AV protects against millions of different malware and viruses but there are always new variants coming out.

If you had WebAdvisor installed & activated in your browser it would probably provide an extra layer of protection.

sandral
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

Thank you!

sandral
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

may I ask are these free? I also saw malwarebytes recommended (as a free service) on a friend's info and so I tried that. At the end it wants to charge and now I wonder. Thanks!

sandral
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

Does this page look legit? it's what I got

minsc
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

There are so many bogus virus/malware scanners out there, you need to be VERY careful.

That page could well be suspect. All the bogus ones tell you there are severe issues with your machine to try and scare you into paying for their 'services'. Even is it is legit, why pay when there are well respected free tools out there?

I'd stick with Malwarebytes and SuperAntiMalware. Both are free and well respected.

sandral
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

thought I was there but evidently not at that time; since got redirected and scanned free!

minsc
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

You didn't get scanned, you got scammed!

If I visited that page (which I wouldn't!!) then I'd get a similar result detailing a host of severe problems on my machine they could 'cure' for a price........

Here's the link for Malwarebytes:-  www.malwarebytes.org

Reliable Contributor exbrit
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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

sandral wrote:

Does this page look legit? it's what I got

No that's a scam and not sure how you ended up with that.   That's a typical "we'll scan your machine for free but charge you to fix it" scam.

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Re: Does "McAfee Total Protection" prevent/delete malware?

Be careful what you click on.  Advertising on pages is rampant and often misleading.