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Do I still need McAfee software with Windows 10?

Whether you've recently upgraded to Windows 10 or you're thinking about it, a good question to ask is, “Do I need antivirus software?”. Well, technically, no. Microsoft has Windows Defender, a legitimate antivirus protection plan already built into Windows 10.J

 

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Re: Do I still need McAfee software with Windows 10?

Hello @nalafxx 

Whilst this is a great question which I'm sure a few people have asked and considered, unfortunately it's not related to DLP. I'm going to move your post to the ENS side for one of their community admins to discuss further. 

With kind regards, 

Kirk

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Re: Do I still need McAfee software with Windows 10?

If you’re running Windows 10, should you get an antivirus app? There are certainly some good reasons to do so, as we’ll explore in this article, not the least of which is that Microsoft’s operating system is so popular that it makes a seriously tempting target for malware authors in terms of the potential spoils to be gotten.

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Windows 10 is the most widely used desktop operating system in the world, and as the OS of choice for many PCs everywhere, it represents a broad and juicy target for malware authors.

Quite simply, if someone writes a piece of malware that exploits Windows 10, then there are a lot of potential targets out there that the malicious software might end up on. So, it’s no surprise that Windows users (including the unwise folks who remain on Windows 7) are the biggest targets for malware authors.


Now, it’s true that in recent times, malicious actors are giving Apple’s Mac platform more attention, but Windows is still the operating system that is most under threat, of course. Particularly when it comes to malware, with Mac threats tending to be the likes of potentially unwanted programs (known as PUPs) or adware. The vast majority of the really malicious stuff is hurled at Windows machines.

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Re: Do I still need McAfee software with Windows 10?

Hi @nalafxx,

Great question! I would recommend reviewing and comparing the 2 products online and consulting with our Sales team to understand what advantages you have with McAfee over using Defender and if you find it satisfactory, You can opt in for installing McAfee Endpoint Security.

Although you may have to consult Microsoft to understand in depth about the features that Defender has and does not, You can refer to the below link to understand what McAfee has to offer when you have Endpoint Security.

https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/assets/white-papers/wp-understanding-ep-security-10-module.p...

I sincerely hope this helps.

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Re: Do I still need McAfee software with Windows 10?

Well, if you want your AV easily disabled, sure, run with Defender.  🙂

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