Thank you everybody for the input that you've given. I decided last night to try AVAST! and see how it works. I downloaded the free version from CNET. buzzbee, thanks for the link to the McAfee removal tool and for the registry cleanup program, both performed great.
Here's what I did:
I downloaded all three programs...AVAST!, Advanced Systemcare Free (registry cleaner), and MCPR.exe (McAfee removal). I then ran MCPR, followed by Advanced Systecare, and finally installed AVAST!. Everything went smoothly...it was *really* nice to see the McAfee icon disappear. :evil:
I left AVAST! running last night, but not in a deep scan mode. The computer is running this morning better than it has in several years...it has much more "snap" to it. :-D
Tonight when I go to bed I will do a deep scan on it.
buzzbee, I've got a question about Advanced Systemcare. It installed an icon in the system tray..."Active Boost: On". Clicking on it brings up the main program menu. Ok to leave it running, best to turn it off, or...???
I'm happy so far and will see how this works out. Thanks again for the suggestions and help!!!