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McAfee LiveSafe

McAfee LiveSafe

Once bit, twice shy, and it's gone.

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Redge Shepherd
·Jul 1, 2022·

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I'm still in the process of setting up my new ASUS ROG Scar 15.6 machine and just had an unfortunate experience with McAfee LiveSafe. While McAfee may have had my back, they forgot to realize they may not always be correct.

Maybe there was a warning somewhere in the fine print, but I've never had an experience like this until today! I'm not usually one to "vent," but this may serve as a warning to others to check your "virus" protection settings before attempting to run an application.

After waiting for a longer than anticipated time to download Absoft's Pro Fortran 2022 package and attempting to run the installer, McAfee decided it was unsafe and automatically removed it from my machine.

I'm returning the favour by deleting McAfee LiveSafe from my machine and replacing it with Malwarebytes, a software I've learned to trust on all my other devices. I should've known better than to let the default settings of McAfee ruin the experience and should've made this a priority.

I find it hard to believe the default setting for potentially suspect software is "automatic removal." A warning with an option to keep the file or mark it as safe would've been a better option. Hopefully, the uninstall process removes the nagware too. Once bit, twice shy, and it's gone.

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