Solved McAfee vs Defender Issue


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I have McAfee on both of my W11 laptops. When I downloaded McAfee it was understood that McAfee automatically disables Defender. But recently I just happened to notice that Defender showed that it was turned "On", not off. Had McAfee not disabled Defender all this time?
Investigating, I discovered Speccy showed that Defender was indeed listed as "Disabled" and McAfee was on, so apparently all was as it should be, except Defender was fibbing? The situation has not presented any issues of any sort so am I to assume all is well?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook Power 15.6 G9
    CPU
    Intel 12th Gen I7 - 12700H
    Memory
    16G Ram
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX A1000
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 512G
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt Dock
It takes a special person to download McAfee.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Aurora R7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 8700K
    Motherboard
    Z370
    Memory
    32GB 2666MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidea GeForce GTX 1080Ti
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 27es / ACER 27
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (boot)
    Toshiba 1TB DT01ACA100 SATA (storage)
    Seagate Backup 4TB (Macrium)
It takes a special person to download McAfee.
I had Kaspersky for over 12 years and it was a great antivirus, but like the US Government, I finally decided I could no longer tolerate or trust their ties with Moscow.
I've tried Bitdefender 2 different times in the past and both times Bitdefender caused problems with my computer. When I dumped Bitdefender the problems disappeared.
McAfee scores well in both AV-Comparatives and AV-Test, it's not connected to Moscow, and it has caused no problems with my computers. I'm not pushing McAfee, but so far it does everything I need it to do.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook Power 15.6 G9
    CPU
    Intel 12th Gen I7 - 12700H
    Memory
    16G Ram
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX A1000
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 512G
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt Dock
Myself I think I would go with avast or avg which are both owned by Norton if Defender isn’t good enough . Have always found Mcafee a big resource hog .
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    32 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel hd 770 graphics
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabit SSD
    Keyboard
    Logitech usb lighted keyboard
    Mouse
    Gaming lighted mouse
    Internet Speed
    500 meg up and down
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Haupauge internal TV CARD
Defender isn't totally turned off when using another AV. You can still run periodic scans with it.

Open Windows Security -Virus & threat protection and on the right side select 'Who's protecting me?'

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home & 🐥.
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER Nitro AN16-41
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 7 7735HS Processor 3.2Ghz
    Motherboard
    RB Sierra_PEH (FP7)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" QHD+ 165Hz 16:10 IPS Technology
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1200
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB
    PSU
    330 Watts
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth.
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER NITRO
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB NVMe M.2
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
Thanks for the heads up Fabler, Defender AV was disabled, but on closer inspection like you said in Windows Security I discovered Defender Firewall was indeed still turned on. It's off now! (y)
Thanks again!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook Power 15.6 G9
    CPU
    Intel 12th Gen I7 - 12700H
    Memory
    16G Ram
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX A1000
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 512G
    Browser
    Chrome
    Other Info
    Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt Dock
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