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If I get free anti-virus software on my laptop, should I uninstall my McAfee Free Trial software?

I just bought a new Dell Inspiron 17 laptop and it cam with a free 30 trial of McAfee anti-virus software. Since I don’t want to pay for the software when the trial runs out, I’m planning on getting free software online. When I do, should I uninstall McAfee from my computer? Also, what’s the best free anti-virus and anti-spyware software I can get?

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7 Responses to “If I get free anti-virus software on my laptop, should I uninstall my McAfee Free Trial software?”

  1. Samuel Adams said :

    Yes, you should uninstall McAfee. Running more than one anti-virus programs can cause serious system conflicts and leave your system LESS protected. Not to mention it will cause serious system performance issues.

    The best free anti-virus available is Avira or Avast! The best free anti-spyware you can get is Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware. Good luck mate!

  2. Charley said :

    nah leave it there so you can waste hard drive space

  3. Crstta said :

    If you won’t use McAfee after the trial then yeah uninstall it, it’d just be taking up space.

    I would say getting AVG Free, you have an optional upgrade choice but I haven’t and it works fine for me.

    Spybot Search and Destroy is free, it’s a great program as well.

    Last I would say AdAware, just like AVG it has an optional upgrade choice, but it works fine without the upgrade.

  4. mstoebner said :

    You definitely have to remove it before installing another antivirus program.

    I use Avira and SuperAntiSpyware and haven’t had any infections.

    Both are highly rated and both are free.

  5. D D said :

    Uninstall it, otherwise your system will most likely start crashing when you install a new anti-virus. The best free anti-virus is AVG Free, installed with ThreatFire. Free anti-spyware would probably be either Ad-Aware Free or SuperAntiSpyware. MalwareBytes is another free anti-malware.

  6. Michael said :


    You definitely need to remove McAfee first or it can cause some tricky problems. has a few good free antivirus programs in it’s list. I use AVG and it works very well.

  7. Esther said :

    what is the best firewall software for a dell inspiron 6000? Is there anything else I need? I’m new at this. Thank you.


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