tried to post about this just now and no luck, so apologies for any repetition.
half-asleep at night feed, tried to bring up something mumsnetty from browsing history, a message comes on screen (have pop-ups blocked and McAfee enabled) advising us to run a free scan, wouldn't let me close it down with red x in corner so I got my husband (also half-asleep, bless him). He thought it came from the computer software so clicked "run" for the free scan which then reported malware. I don't know whether he then asked it to fix it or not. We then became suspicious. He's gone back to bed but I can't sleep for worrying in case something has now been installed that could get our financial details or wipe files. I have run McAfee and the scan found nothing. What should I do?
No you don't have to uninstall it. If you have windows just go into your control panel, security settings, turn off protection. You don't have to turn it off while you are downloading it only when you are scanning.
The only reason you are not meant to have more than one is (according to our computer geek) that if they are both running around looking for spyware they get in each others and find less things than they usually would.
loads of thanks for the tip-off re: free downloads - it's dh's computer so have passed info on to him as I feel nervous about downloading anything without asking...but am wondering what this actually is - I mean, I'm pretty sure it's dodgy but how dodgy, if you see what I mean. Do I need to nag him to sort it out right away? [worried look]
right, have passed info on to dh and he's downloaded avg but apparently needs to download a patch to make it Vista compatible...so have left it up to him to sort out. Thanks again for the tips. I really am going to have to stop being so technophobe and helpless about computers, I'm scared to log on these days and it's not exactly empowering...