Just because the company that made your computer installed McAfee or Norton on it, does not mean that McAfee or Norton are the best for your computer. It doesn’t mean they’re even good for your computer. It doesn’t mean anything at all.
Do you know why Dell, HP, and other computer companies install McAfee or Norton more than any other security software? No, it’s not because it’s the best. It’s not because it works well with your brand of computer. It’s not because it’s the easiest for you to use. It’s not because it keeps you safer. It’s not because of anything at all other than money. Computer manufacturers load your computer down with trialware hoping you will believe because they put it on your computer you’ll assume it’s good for your computer, you need it, or that you’ll think it’s the best software for whatever purpose it serves.
But nothing could be further from he truth. Like so many things in this world, it’s all about the money. You’d think when you buy a new computer they’d want that computer to run as well as it possibly could. However, loading up a new computer with all kinds of trialware only makes it run slower. When you add Norton or McAfee to the mix it’s a sure recipe for a slower computer.
In recent days we’ve had a couple of users who were getting warnings about a Trojan in a perfectly safe program we had recommended. It was a false positive. Both were using McAfee; it was yet another false-positive. All anti-virus programs will occasionally show false-positives, but none more than Norton and McAfee. Anyway, when we suggested to these users that they use a better (and free) antivirus, like Microsoft Security Essentials, both indicated they had an extended “free trial” of McAfee and wanted to use it.
So we asked them if they didn’t like watermelon and someone gave them a truckload free, would they take them because they were free. Just because you have a 15-month trial of McAfee or Norton does not mean you have to use it. You don’t have to put up with a slower computer, you don’t have to put up with so many false positives, and you don’t need to put up with all those “special sale” popups just because Norton or McAfee came pre-installed. Just because it’s “free” for six, twelve or fifteen months means nothing. If you care about a better running computer – if you care about keeping your computer running at its peak, if you care about your security and safety on the Web – don’t assume that what your computer manufacturer put on your computer is the best for your computer – or the best for you. It’s all about the money.
The first thing we do when we get a new computer is eliminate every single trialware program. We wouldn’t install Norton or McAfee on our own computers and we think it’s a shame that computer makers load new computers down with either one. There is no doubt it’s all about the money – and it’s not about you or your computer or your safety.
So, just because it came with your computer doesn’t mean it’s good for you or your computer.