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I used to use Avast antivirus free, which a friend installed on my laptop for me, and it worked very well. It was certainly better than the expensive Trend option that came with my computer with a so-called 'free' subscription that lasted 30 days.
I had Avast installed on my friend's recommendation, and all has gone well for a while. Now, though, I've noticed that Avast has disappeared from my system, and I can no longer find it anywhere. In its place, it looks like I have a copy of McAfee instead, a program that I certainly never installed myself, so I'm not sure where it came from.
This copy of McAfee seems to have removed Avast from my system, and I'd like to get it back. I don't know where the new program came from, so I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.
I'm not sure what help you asking for here, Leslie, but I'm assuming you'd like to know where the McAfee app came from and how to get rid of it.
I've not had the issue myself, but I have heard that a few people have downloaded software that's offered to install a copy of McAfee on their system at the same time. A common one a while back was Adobe's Acrobat Reader. This would install a version of the antivirus software on your system unless you opted out during installation. I suspect this is the source of your trouble, and you may have inadvertently installed it as you simply missed the option or notification.
All you need to do to remedy the situation is uninstall the McAfee software via Control Panel as you would any other program and then restart your system. Once you're done, download and reinstall Avast from its website ( that's www.avast.com).
This should put things back as they were before McAffee interfered with your system as you knew it. However, in order to avoid any further problems in future, we'd suggest that you keep a close eye on any software installers you come in contact with, and always opt out
All you need to do is uninstall the McAfee software
of any special offers and additional software they may offer as additional extras. There are a lot out there that can easily fool you if you're not careful.
If you have any further issues removing the McAfee software, you can use McAfee's Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR), a tip I've provided a few times. It's a very good solution to any possible issues caused by leftover files, and it's quick and easy to do. You can find the removal tool at intel.ly/2gycmNP. It's free, and easy to use.