Security programs for new notebook- win 8

Hello experts,

I bought a new notebook which from acer which has preinstalled McAfee Internet Security. On my previous notebook I had Avast, but now I don't know if I should keep McAffee or not...


What antivirus do you recommend?


What spyware / mallware protection do you recommend?


Is windows firewall enough?
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Windows firewall is more than enough.

For antimalware I recommend Malwarebytes.

If the PC is for personal, not business use, then I can recommend the free Panda antivirus. I have used it for years and never had any issue with it. Never Ever use any Symantec AV product. Panda is very light in resources and doesn't bog your PC down. If it is for business use, then get the payed version of Panda., but when installing it make sure to not install the extra stuff like firewall, as I mentioned the Windows version is good enough.

When using the PC, never logon to it using an Account having administrative rights. Just make sure there is an admin account installed. Also make sure you have UAC turned on, And that you make regular backups.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If McAfee is working, it is a decent product.  Other name brand products are fine. We all have our own picks.

You should also consider adding EMET V5.2 from Microsoft as it is a good tool to obfuscate internal addressing.
McAfee might be working now, but it isn't a free product, you probably just have a trial which you need to pay for if you want to keep on using it. If you forget to buy the product in time, your system will be without protection, or with outdated signatures. So my recommendation is always to remove all the trial stuff, and then get a good free product, provided it is a private PC (you can also just remove McAfee and then use the built-in m$ tool, that is free and you are allowed to use it in businesses as well, it isn't that bad).

My opinion is that usually free is just as good as paid stuff, often even better. many say you get what you pay for, but that just isn't the case.
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Mark RhodesCommented: My solution recommendations are in the link. Hope it helps
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Mark RhodesCommented:
If you are using Avast and are happy with that program then I would stay with it but make sure you are using the Premium Version and not the Basic because you will get better protection from the Premium because the basic only covers antivirus and malware, networking, and browser cleaning where the Premium covers everything. As for McAfee, it ranks in the top ten for antivirus protection and provides excellent coverage with the premium versions.  As with any free version it has it's limitations.  I prefer to use Kaspersky for my protection and it too is ranked very high in it's protection and I have used it for years without any break through of virus or malware.  Windows firewall is excellent and depending on your Operating System you can download free antivirus and malware protection that does an ok job but for the best protection will come from a Premium version of Virus Protection. I hope this gives you enough information to make a decision and I can upload them for you and help in any configurations that are needed.
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Fajer39Author Commented:
Thank You Guys.
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