Hey everybody, so I'm on a Dell with Windows 8, and I *love* it! However, it came with a free trial of McAfee, and it expired. I'm getting notifications that the computer isn't protected anymore left and right, but I also know that Windows 8 already came with Windows Defender installed, so it should be fine. The problem is, Windows Defender has apparently been turned off because McAfee was running instead. I'd rather just run Windows Defender instead of paying for McAfee. How can I turn it off so that I won't get McAfee notifications anymore and will instead only have Windows Defender on?
This should have one of your answers and even with windows defender on I would highly reccomend another antivirus to replace McAfee, I use both Malwarebytes and Avast! Antivirus on all my systems both are free and with one being anti-malware and the other anti-virus they should be sufficient free replacements for McAfee though it's up to you.
Un-install all the McAfee files off your computer if you don't want it anymore and see if you can switch on Windows defender then. If not, either buy McAfee or get some other anti-virus program (or leave your compy unprotected, but yeah...).
I use McAfee, and while it's actually a pretty good program, it's a bully to all other anti-virus programs. It's not compatible with anything else, really, that's why it switched off Windows Defender.