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How long will McAfee Anti-Virus Plus take to download and install

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Hi

I wish to uninstall MultiDevice from Dell Trial on my Windows 8.1 (it is due to expire).  I wish to purchase AntiVirus Plus directly from McAfee UK online, instead. 

I only have one device and I like Antivirus Plus from past use.

What will the time gap be between uninstall of MultiDevice and Purchase/Download and Install of AV Plus, please?

I am concerned about getting a virus between the 2 procedures.

1.   Therefore, should I turn on Windows Defender after uninstall of MultiDevice to cover laptop until AV Plus installs? Or, will WD turn on automatically after uninstall?

2.   Then, will Windows Defender turn off automatically after install of AV Plus?

3.  Or, do I have to turn WD  on and off myself manually?  Sorry, I'm a bit on the elderly side and not IT savvy - I suspect that it will all work out automatically.  

4.  After purchase of AntiVirus Plus direct  from McAfee online, do I  download it  from this page, or do I have to download it from MY Account, please? 

Thank you.  

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            When you uninstall your ( about to expire ) software you have now. Before installing your software you are about to purchase. Please follow these Guidelines/Instructions.;How to uninstall or re-install supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool

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Re: How long will McAfee Anti-Virus Plus take to download and install

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The time it takes will depend on how fast you web connection is and how fast your processor is at doing its work.

In my experience about 1 minute to  download the installer and another 5 -10 minutes installing.

The User Interface will give you an estimate.

On Windows 8/8.1 and above Windows Defender contains an anti-virus component and the McAfee installer will automatically turn it off and disable it.  It must remain that way.

The installer also disables Windows Firewall as you will be using McAfee's, that is also normal and should stay that way.

You download the installer from My Account always.    These communities aren't connected with the commercial side of things.

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            When you uninstall your ( about to expire ) software you have now. Before installing your software you are about to purchase. Please follow these Guidelines/Instructions.;How to uninstall or re-install supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool

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Thank you, Ex-Brit for your good answer but will WD turn itself on automatically in the time between  uninstalling MultiDevice and installing AntiVirus Plus?

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Yes, as will Windows Firewall.

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Thank you.  This gives me time to download and install AntiVirus Plus, at my leisure, without leaving laptop exposed to a security risk.

Re: How long will McAfee Anti-Virus Plus take to download and install

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Well, what I do to save time is first create a new temporary folder on my desktop and download the new installer file to that folder along with the MCPR cleanup tool as mentioned by Catdaddy above.

Then I can uninstall my old one via Control Panel, reboot, run the MCPR, reboot again and then reinstall.   It only takes a few minutes.

Then I delete that folder when done.

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Thank you - that would be a v. efficient way to do it.

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You're welcome.

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Thank you so much for your wise advice.  After all that, I actually downloaded  a 1 month McAntiVirus Plus trial from McAfee UK,  which is due to expire in a few days.  Do I just click the BUY button on subscriptions page or do I have to uninstall the Trial before buying? 

It is very expensive at £52 (sterling) and I am an OAP but I like AntiVirusPlus.  They just made me an offer of AVPlus to cover PC + Mobile OR tablet @ £27 for one year, but I only have PC, so I will forget that.   I know I could go to Amazon, etc. to buy it cheaper but I prefer to deal with McAfee direct.  I am a disaster Online!  Anyway, main question is do I have to uninstall Trial before buying, please?

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