I got a Dell laptop some time ago that had a pre-installed one year subscription of McAfee Security Center installed. When that year was up, I went to the McAfee website to renew and noticed that my renewal price for the Dell subscription was something like $90 bucks (can't remember if that was for a year or two.) Or I could buy the Total Protection product with an anti-virus subscription for $50. Since Total Protection is supposedly "top of the line" I of course went and upgraded to total protection (it also allowed me to install McAfee on the other laptop I use at home whereas the product that came with Dell didn't.)
Now...every time I boot, and at random intervals in between, McAfee tells me "My Computer is at Risk!" and its been x amount of days since my anti-virus expiration - referring to the Dell pre installed product that has expired. Its ungodly annoying. I can click on the button to update the virus definitions and often it will go away and tell me my computer is up to date. I've signed into my online account and tried to find someway to delete or hide expired products but I can't find any way to do that. Can someone help?
I must say I'm really disappointed with Total Protection. The defaults are all wrong - every scrap of McAfee's program is on by default. It runs so many processes that I feel like I have to upgrade my CPU just to run the things I want to run. I had to disable the "site advisor" browsing plugins that don't play nice with Chrome. Now it keeps telling me I have to set up my vault and backup, although 2 Gigs isn't a lot of space to back up anything (and I run my own cloud and physical backup in my house.) It just feels like total bloat ware. The constant notifications, the bugs - now I'm having the problem where the desktop icon won't go away. I probably should have paid the $50 extra to renew the other subscription just to not be bothered with this junk.
The reality is, I have to use Windows some of the time (my box is a dual boot and I run Linux most of the time which I highly reccommend) so I do need anti virus software. But this is rediculous. What's up McAfee?
Message was edited by: xtendedforecast on 1/4/12 12:23:24 PM CST