Hey guys, I've been a long time user of McAfee. Only recently have I joined this community (like, literally, as recent as today) but nonetheless I've been using McAfee and have for the most part loved it. However, in recent months, I've come to doubt it. The main reason will be explained in a little bit here. First of all, I own three computers (one Windows 7 64-bit personal laptop for gaming and my personal use, an XP family desktop, and an XP work laptop, which used to run Vista but had to be switched to XP for work purposes). I've been running McAfee Total Security on each of them. Never once has a threat been removed, blocked, or even found by a scan in the seven years that I've had the desktop (which is the oldest). The other computers haven't gotten anything either. At least, nothing that McAfee found. However, after my subscription ran out on my personal laptop for the first time a friend recommended me to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), and while searching the internet, I found that a good portion of the world does as well. So I decided I'd try it (it is free, after all). First scan that I ran detected a registry-modifying virus that could have pontentially been messing with my system. I was dumbfounded at the fact that McAfee never detected something like this (the file was supposedly over five months old), and the free MSE did. Then I calmed down a bit, knowing that all security services miss things. I thought about switching back to McAfee on that computer, but decided against it. I loved the performance boost from MSE running silently in the background, and I felt confident that it had my back. However, I also often felt like it was stupid of me to choose MSE over a paying and often highly-rated security suite.
Then I decided I'd try and test this out. I put MSE on my desktop. Ran a scan...the first one found a trojan which Microsoft identifies as email-communicable. McAfee never found it. At this point, I sortof lost my trust in McAfee. Searching the internet, I saw that there are others like me. LOTS of others. And that's where I am now...wondering whether I should switch my work laptop to McAfee before the subscription ends (which is in seven months). Can anyone give me some advice as to this predicament? I really feel like MSE is on a roll here, but just don't understand whether it's all just a big coincidence.