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bertaerts Newcomer 1 posts since
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Jan 12, 2013 4:37 AM

After 5 years switched to competition due to impossible 12.1

Since I bought a Dell notebook with license for McAfee 5 years ago, I was happy with McAfee and even switched to McAfee Total Protection.

Although I could not easily find the detected items and found the user interface not user friendly enough, it did its job.


But a few days ago, I got 12.1 and that was not funny.

My PC was running extremely slow.
Clicking on a different email in Thunderbird took ages e.g.

I could not access my printer via USB, I could not connect an external disk via USB.

Shutting down my PC once ended with a blue screen after half an hour.

So I switched it off after 5 minutes by pressing the power button long enough to hard shutdown.

McAfee didn't even want to start scanning for viruses, the user interface allowed me to select it and then hung.


So I read

and followed these instructions to do a clean install of McAfee Total Protection 12.1


But the situation remained the same, no improvement at all.


Another trial to improve with McAfee Virtual Technician but it only found a language issue.


So I made the decision to stop waisting my time with investigating McAfee's 12.1.

I cleaned my PC and immediately my other three PC's to remove the last bit of McAfee.


And installed Microsoft Security Essentials.


I did a complete thorough scan with it and no virusses were found.


So I blame McAfee of having created Total Protection 12.1 that is drastically worse than their older releases.

I think they will lose a lot of customers with 12.1.

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