Hi folks, hope you're well!
I have just purchased a Dell Latitude E6540 running Windows 7 and wanted to get the best AV protection before I start using it, which has led me to this site I was hoping someone could help enlighten me so I don't get myself in a muddle. I'm reading a few posts about conflicts, hard-drives locking up, etc and didn't want to make a hash of this new machine, so thought I'd ask the experts.
So basically, from today's research I have decided to go with ESET Smart Security. I haven't purchased it yet as I am guessing I will need to buy/install on the new laptop (currently typing on my old HP dv6).
First question, is it safe to uninstall McAfee which is pre-installed on the Dell, then connect to internet and go to ESET and pay for/download ESET? Would this not leave my system open to infestation? Reason I ask is just that I remember many years ago I connected a new computer to the internet without any protection and literally within the first 5 minutes I had pop-ups, malware, viruses, and all sorts of guff opening up on the screen right before my eyes, I was only connected to the net for a couple of minutes! From reading through this website I see that it is paramount that any existing AV is fully removed before installing ESET, but that simply going to Control Panel --> Add/remove Programs --> Uninstall - is not sufficient enough? Could anyone offer any more info on the correct method of uninstallation please?
Secondly, is anyone familiar with the factory set-up of this particular laptop? It mentioned in the blurb that it has all sorts of security features built-in: encryption, Dell Control Vault, Dell Protected Workspace and others. I was wondering if any of this extra security software will conflict with the installation/operation of ESET?
Finally, I was looking to purchase MalewareBytes aswell on top of ESET. Is this advisable, and are there any reasons why I should or shouldn't do this?
It would be great to hear your answers/opinions if anyone is able to help get me on my way. Thanks in advance!
EDIT: From the Dell website... Stop advanced malware in its tracks with Dell Protected Workspace, a proactive approach to malware protection that automatically detects and blocks all malicious behavior in real time — even zero-day attacks. It is easy to deploy and completely unobtrusive to users so employee workflow is uninterrupted.
Will this affect ESET doing its thing?