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is mcafee agent installed on my laptop an antivirus program?

September 17, 2015 at 14:43:59
Specs: windows 7, 8gigs
I have mcafee agent installed on my laptop. Does this mean I have an antivirus program installed on my laptop. I ask because I used to have avira and then avg installed and they were programs that made it obvious that they were able to scan for viruses, that they could monitor my browser for websites that could download viruses etc. McAfee only has an icon near my battery indicator in the bottom right hand side of the screen which I can right click to update but it doesn't appear to be doing much else compared with all the notifications that avira and avg would give me. Any help would be appreciated.

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September 17, 2015 at 15:01:07
I'm guessing it's this item:

Personally I dislike "anything" being installed on "any" computer without the knowledge and consent of the user/owner etc... And even more when it presumes I am happy to have it "reporting back" at intervals - without my say so...

As you do not appear to be using McAfee (you're using another anti-virus util) I'd remove the McAfee item. Details on how to to do that can be found here:

and if the above isn't any help... then perhaps rerun the google trawl I have just done- using the string (search words):

< mcafee agent uninstall > (no < > )

or < mcafee agent removal tool > *(again no < >)

as there are assorted hits about it... The second trawl/string may be more direct I suspect.

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September 17, 2015 at 16:28:43
Thanks for your quick reply, Maybe I should be a little clearer with my question or maybe you could tell me a small bit more information as I'm really confused about if I have antivirus on my laptop or not.

To make it clear I do not have Avira or AVG installed anymore on the laptop, I found them bulky and felt the laptop slowed down when they were installed so I uninstalled them. I didn't have them installed together - I tried Avira first then AVG after.

Also the tinyurl doesn't open anything.

I thought McAfee was an antivirus program but I only see McAfee Agent and I don't know if McAfee agent is an antivirus program or not. Btw I do not have any McAfee folder in my Start-Programs which I suspect means I do not have any antivirus.

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September 17, 2015 at 16:47:25
Mmm yes I've just tested that tiny url link and is faulty... No matter... It essentially was to a McAfee article about the Agent. It does what i referred to in my subsequent comments, and "usually" is installed if/when the actual anti-virus util is installed.

On some laptops McAfee is bundled in with other "stuff" - often on a trial basis, or with an option try 'n buy (you have opt to enable the "try"...)

I would simply dump/remove the Agent as per the second link; or any other guide you may find via google trawl (as I suggestred).

It is not wise to run without an anti-virus utilty.. Which one do have now?

I'm on an iPad just now, and for some odd reason tiny 's website etc. is suddenly playing up (at least on my iPad). So I can't use it just now to post shortened links. Although I think you have info enough to remove the Agent?

Again which anti-virus are you now running?

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September 17, 2015 at 16:49:04
mcafee agent
What is McAfee Agent?
The McAfee Agent is placed on the taskbar when the McAfee Security Suite or McAfee Internet Security has been installed on a computer. The McAfee Agent offers quick access to specific functions instead of opening the full protection center program. Once the McAfee Agent has been installed, it will show up in the taskbar with the letter M.

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September 17, 2015 at 17:11:43
Lets have a good look at what is on the comp.

Download Security Check by screen317 from one of the following links and save it onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
Please restart the computer before running this security check..
* Double click SecurityCheck.exe. If you run Windows Vista or 7/8, right click and choose 'Run as Administrator'.
o If you are asked by Windows to run this program or not, please click 'Yes' or 'Run'.
o When you see a console window, press any key to continue scanning.
o Wait while it scans.
o If your firewall alerts you of Security Check, please press 'Allow' or similar.
* A Notepad document should open automatically after scan is completed. It will be called checkup.txt; Please Copy and Paste the contents into your reply.
Note: If a security program requests permission from dig.exe to access the Internet, allow it to do so.

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September 17, 2015 at 18:04:07
I think the McAfee agent is just a promotional software that scan you PC on demand. I had that installed a few times because it was part of another package (forced installed).

the agent is not an antivirus shield that is running in background. It only quick scan the PC on demand.... and tell you the advantages of the real package.

Is that what you see?

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September 19, 2015 at 01:38:27
Okay cheers for all the information- It looks like it really isn't a virus protector program so I have uninstalled mcafee agent and gone with bitdefender - from different reviews it sounds like it is the most unobtrusive of the lot of them.
Thanks Again.

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