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Recently, my lap hasn't been as fast as it used to.
Fun thing I haven't downloaded pretty much anything. No software (unless for oficial sources) and no files.
So, it has the following:
- MacAfee Antivirus
- Windows Defender by default.
Both haven't told me about any problems with viruses nor malware being installed under my nose.

I'm considering downloading another FREE antivirus, but don't know which ones are available.
My considerations are:
- Malwarebytes
- Avast!

And also I'm planning to download CCleaner, just because Windows own cleaner takes toooo long (last time more than 24 hours) to analize and delete the files.

What are your recommendations for Security and Performance?

Side note:
- I KNOW that performance is based on the actual CPU, Processor and all that. Trust me, they're both decent and I don't run many stuff at the same time. With performance I mean something that deletes Caché and Folders and Garbage files, like remanents of already uninstalled programs.
- Please, don't make "Change to Mac" jokes.
 
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I'd recommend ditch MacAfee for sure and download Malwarebytes. Don't have it always run though, just perform checks every now and then. Windows Defender you can optionally keep on and more than anything I'd just recommend common sense. I use no antivirus, not even Windows Defender and am doing just fine.
 
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I'd recommend ditch MacAfee for sure and download Malwarebytes. Don't have it always run though, just perform checks every now and then. Windows Defender you can optionally keep on and more than anything I'd just recommend common sense. I use no antivirus, not even Windows Defender and am doing just fine.

Well, McAfee was free because it came bundled with my Cable TV suscription. But meh, I don't like it.
And I've learned from the past to develop that common sense.

Ok... so:
- Malwarebytes
- Windows Defender
- CCleaner (Is this reliable?)
Those are a good combo? Or is just too much?
 

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A/V are slowing down PCs, not "fastening" them (im not saying that they're useless, but that you need minimum specs to have one running in the background), real-time analysis take quite some hard drive to do, especially on laptops where they're usually 5400rpm Hard drives so the latency is fast eaten by the A/V software.
Oh and when you have a A/V, defender is set to desactivate IIRC (so you can't have it with another A/V), but if i where you, i would stick to defender to preserve my ressources, not that i use it, I have absolutely 0 A/V because i'm well "trained" user, I know where to go or not to, to not get anything.

EDIT: a malwarebytes to scan your PC time to time is good also
 
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Anyone that knows the basics of computers in the last decade will tell you: Ditch MacAfee.

Windows Defender should be good enough for almost anyone, unless you're clicking on every popup, and every download button, and launching every shady .exe you're given. There really isn't a need for it anymore, but if you're absolutely dead set on getting one, Avast Free is always a good choice, if not a bit bloated. Just be sure to turn off the voice that will scare the piss out of you every time it updates the virus definitions.

CCleaner is an alright choice, but I prefer to use Glary Utilities, because it does everything CCleaner can do, plus much more functionality.
 

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Ah, yes, I don't run the antivirus all the time.
I make full scans every Sundays, which is the day I don't work.
I'm constantly sending and receiving files from other people (work) and you know, I just want to be sure that I'm gonna be protected all the time.
 

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Are ccleaners useful? I just manually delete everything.

My Desktop got slow over time, though my low end windows laptop is blazing fast.

On my MacBook Pro boot times have gotten slower with the new High Sierra Update. And I converted my HDD to the new APFS format from the older HFS+. It seems to be running the same. I guess the speed benfit's are for people with SSD.
 

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Ok. need a bit of asistance here.
Uh... I run every sunday McAfee and Windows Defender. Both detected nothing.

I just ran Malwarebytes Premium (expires in 14 days) and it detected 8 threats.
All of them were:
PUP.Optional.Wajam (wonder where those come from)
Doing research about it, it says that it's one of those things that redirects your browsert o Adds and Malicious sites.
I've never encountered a single add in Chrome (Using Ad-Blocker + Avast! Online + Don't Track me + McAfee Interenet Security <- this one not anymore as I deleted McAfee from my system)

I've installed some paid apps using "pirated" keys. Not the ones that you have to install in your system in order to crack the software, but like, copy and paste keys and ID's.

Can PUP.Optional.Wajam be, by any chance one of those register keys that allows me to use the latest Photoshop?
 
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no i mean it why renew your subscription if it never finds a virus . . . so it reports viruses while the others dont . . .
Lol, don't take the Donnie thing seriously.
No... really? Was wondering that exactly.
There's two probable options here:
1.- Malwarebytes is lying.
2.- Windows Defender sucks just as much as McAfee.
 

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Anyone that knows the basics of computers in the last decade will tell you: Ditch MacAfee.

Windows Defender should be good enough for almost anyone, unless you're clicking on every popup, and every download button, and launching every shady .exe you're given. There really isn't a need for it anymore, but if you're absolutely dead set on getting one, Avast Free is always a good choice, if not a bit bloated. Just be sure to turn off the voice that will scare the piss out of you every time it updates the virus definitions.

CCleaner is an alright choice, but I prefer to use Glary Utilities, because it does everything CCleaner can do, plus much more functionality.

Glary Utilities doesn't screw with the registry like CCleaner does, does it?
 

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You can specify what gets cleaned, but I don't believe it does anything with the registry unless you want it to.

Registry cleaning should only ever be done by someone who needs to for some reason. Other than that, it's pretty bloody risky too. I'll look into that program.

Usually, what I would do is:
- Uninstall the Software.
- Go to Program Files and look for remaining Folders. If I found one, manually delete it from the insides.
- Go to Program Files(x86) and do the same.
- Run %temp% and delete all the files.
- Run regedit and search for any remaining folders and delete them manually.
- Then run Window's built in Disk Scanner just to be sure.
- Delete everything on the Recycle Bin.

Honestly? If there's a program that does all that for me I'd install it.
 
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Usually, what I would do is:
- Uninstall the Software.
- Go to Program Files and look for remaining Folders. If I found one, manually delete it from the insides.
- Go to Program Files(x86) and do the same.
- Run %temp% and delete all the files.
- Run regedit and search for any remaining folders and delete them manually.
- Then run Window's built in Disk Scanner just to be sure.
- Delete everything on the Recycle Bin.

Honestly? If there's a program that does all that for me I'd install it.
why not create a script to do that like all those gm9 scripts that automate things
 

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