Windows: Goodbye, McAfee, Hello Avast!

Windows 10 started lagging for me again. Checking the Task Manager, I saw that McAfee Module Core Service was using huge amounts of memory and disk was 100% again (probably due to swapping/thrashing). It is time to remove McAfee. To do this, I downloaded the McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool (MCPR) from the McAfee site and ran it.


So how will I protect Windows 10? I have installed Avast!, a free anti-virus program that I’ve run successfully in the past. After installing, I ran a smart scan. It detected some issues:

  1. I had an out of date VNC (movie player), which Avast auto-upgraded for me.
  2. Avast found a bunch of registry and system junk; Avast offers a paid tool that can clean this up.
  3. A helpful list of programs that are slowing down the machine was provided, ranked from worst to best; again, the paid tool will automatically disable these for you, and there is a 60 day free trial.
  4. Finally, it detected some weak passwords, and offered Avast’s paid password vault system, which I think is something like LastPass.

Here are the programs that Avast detected as performance problems, from worst to least:

  • Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth
  • Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology
  • SmartByte Drivers and Services
  • SmartByte
  • Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
  • Microsoft Office 365 – en-us
  • Intel(R) Management Engine Components
  • Microsoft One Drive
  • Dell SupportAssist
  • Dell SupportAssist Remediation
  • Dell Update
  • Dell SupportAssistAgent
  • Dell Digital Delivery
  • Classic Shell
  • uTorrent
  • UpdateLibrary

Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth can be prevented from auto-starting via the Services program. It can then be manually started if desired.

Microsoft One Drive and uTorrent can be prevented from auto-starting via the Startup tab in the Task Manager.


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I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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3 Responses to Windows: Goodbye, McAfee, Hello Avast!

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  2. jlnerd says:

    First McAfee issue:
    At my place of work they had McAfee and it seemed quiet and stable. So I bought a copy at a computer show. When I installed it I found out the home user (or small company) version of McAfee is NOT the same as the commercial version large companies use. I was forever clicking off pop-up messages about this or that.

    Second McAfee issue:
    It is not common knowledge that ALL anti-virus programs not only check for viruses, but also practice censorship on files they think you should not have. When my copy of McAfee found a file with a virus or found a censored file it would delete it. It would not even tell me it was doing so. I had a problem with my home network and was trouble shooting it with a packet sniffer app. McAfee deleted the app (no warning) aagghh! Thank gosh for backups.

    So I deleted McAfee. After researching various virus checkers, I installed the free version of Avast! When Avast! finds a virus or finds a censored file, it moves them to a sandbox area. It then allows you to view the sandbox and say it made a mistake on a particular file then moves it back where it came from and then leaves it alone. Much better!!! This was a long time ago and I am still using Avast!

    • jimbelton says:

      You should be able to configure McAfee to quarantine files rather than deleting them, but why bother. Avast! free home edition has done the job for me.

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