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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incompatable with Spybot and Lavasoft AD-Aware, 28 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: McAfee Internet Security Suite 2008 (3 User Edition) (PC) (CD-ROM)
It's a hit and miss affair choosing internet protection, what one person says works for them doesnt always work for you.
Tried Norton AV in the past but it was a nightmare and I returned it to my local PC shop for a refund.
Success with McAfee since 2004 although installing last years (2007) Internet Security suite was a total pain. As I plan to get an additional laptop this year it was cheaper to purchase the 2008 3 user version, it is also cheaper than getting a year of extra updates from McAfee.
2008 version installed very quickly has an identical interface with a couple of extra bells and whistles added.
Overall McAfee seems to work quietly and efficiently in the background without hogging resources as I had found with Norton. The anti phishing filter seems to work: I found out the hard way last year when I switched it off for a period and got phished!!
One downside with the 2007 and 2008 MIS versions is that there are incompatabilities with some third party anti spyware applications eg Ad- Aware and Spybot. McAfee Installation detected them and I was requested to remove them before continuing the installation. If you plan to install McAfee it might be quicker to uninstall such third party applications first. A list of them can be found on the McAfee support website but you have to hunt around to find it. Try searching the site for 'incompatible third party applications'
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2008 15:04:57 GMT
Good & helpful review. I have used Webroot SpySweeper protection for the last 3.5 years together with McAfee ISS and now with McAfee VirusScan Plus. I have had no interaction problems between Webroot & McAfee internet security protection software, they seem to work well together.

Posted on 5 Jul 2008 05:23:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2008 05:32:35 BDT
R2 Detour says:
Strange? I run AdAware and SpyBot, plus many others, but none has caused problems for me with McAfee. In fact, AdAware picked-up on some seriously nasty Trojans that McAfee failed to spot. These were genuine infections, as I noticed several 'problems' solved by their removal. Being the naturally suspicious type, I suspect that McAfee adds code to detect and 'recommend' removal of Freeware versions of protection - they are a multi-million pound business; what else should we expect!? They can well do without competition of the Free & Friendly type! As the Freeware versions of online protection now almost without exception share threat/invasion data, freeware is more and more the most logical and intellectual way to go. Run the basic McAfee core by all means, but DO NOT depend upon it without expecting McAfee to try and milk your bank account for years to come, for protection against threats that FREE software can genuinely protect you from.
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