McAfee AntiVirus Plus
McAfee AntiVirus Plus Editor's Review
In PC security sector, McAfee is a big name. Along with Symantec, this is one of the contenders catering to the PC users for a long time. However, with time, several new contenders have appeared on horizon and some of them are giving the old players a run for their money. The latest iteration from stable of McAfee, namely McAfee AntiVirus Plus comes with plenty of bells and whistles along with core antivirus protection to continue its legacy and stave off the competition. You get components like a firewall, vulnerability scanner and tune-up utility in the suite.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus is available in both single and multiple PC licensing options. The installation procedure is simpler compared to previous iterations of the app. It runs on PCs with Windows Vista SP1 and subsequent versions.
The UI of McAfee AntiVirus Plus is sleek and uncluttered. The familiar green and white color scheme is in place. There are 6 sections with links to main components of the suite. By clicking on Navigation you get a different view of the UI. It offers you a long list and links to various actions like running a scan and setting up the firewall.
The app gets overall good to excellent scores from the majority of independent testing labs. Its scores however do not exceed those of rivals like Bitdefender and Kaspersky. After installing a new antivirus suite in your PC, you are likely to run a full system scan. If you intend to do the same with McAfee AntiVirus Plus, make sure you have plenty of time! The app needs much more time than almost all segment contenders to complete a full system scan. It cleans up malware as the scan progresses. Even the repeat scan takes up more time than the rivals.
In real life malware checking, McAfee AntiVirus Plus fares really well but there are contenders that perform even better. The app offers excellent performance in blocking malicious urls and downloads. When it comes to protection from phishing websites, the app offers reasonably good performance. It beats the score of IE but lags behind Norton as well as Chrome browser.
Not many security suite vendors offer a firewall in the Antivirus suite, as it is. McAfee has provided a firewall with the AntiVirus Plus suite. However, it is not much effective. It prefers to close PC ports rather than making them stealthed. The app safeguards the Registry entries and has an application termination defense in place. However, some of its services are vulnerable against outside attacks. The firewall fares worse when compared to the firewalls present in several rival suites in detecting stealth attacks. You will be far better off with Windows default firewall.
McAfee has a component called SiteAdvisor that informs you on reputation and security of web site you want to visit. The McAfee toolbar color codes safe and unsafe sites, additionally. You get a data shredder utility with the suite, a feature that will be useful for privacy conscious users. You can select from various security levels while discarding data with this utility. This feature gets embedded with right click menu. If you have bought McAfee AntiVirus Plus with multi PC license, you can use its My Home Network feature. With this, you can monitor safety status of other connected PCs from a computer.
The QuickClean tool is another bonus feature bundled in the suite. It wipes away your browsing history and Registry entries. The Vulnerability Scanner checks for weakness in OS or system files. McAfee offers free and paid support for users of this suite. The free support offered by the company includes email, chat, FAQs etc. However, the paid support is quite heavy on the wallet.
• Neat and clean UI.
• Bundled firewall.
• Data shredder and vulnerability scanner.
• Good malware detection rate.
• Slow scan speed.
• Average firewall performance.
• Steeply priced paid support.
• Phishing protection not great.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus is a decent and feature rich suite that offers reasonably good defense against malware. It is easy to use and configure. It excels at the core malware protection and thwarts malware download at url level better than many contenders. The phishing protection is not that good though. The scan speed is rather slow and can be torturous for users with large sized hard disks. While the inclusion of a firewall may seem exciting, its performance leaves much to be desired. Windows default firewall puts up a better show, as it is. The app is not bad in phishing protection but many segment contenders perform better. Its bonus tools however are quite useful. The data shredder and Vulnerability Scanner do their job really well. If you can live with the glitches of the suite and do not need the paid support package, it is worth paying for.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus Publisher's Description
Essential. The most effective protection against virus threats.
Essential security software so you can surf, shop, and socialize online while our anti-virus software, anti-malware, and firewall keep you safe.
Confidence to play, work, and enjoy life online.
People want to enjoy the benefits of connecting, surfing, and shopping online and don't want to think about security risks. At McAfee we live and breathe digital security, relentlessly working to stay several steps ahead of the bad guys. Every second of every day, we focus on one thing: keeping your digital life safe, so that you can surf, shop and socialize online with confidence.
Protect Against Viruses and Malware
How would you live without your computer? It's how you get the news, share with friends, schedule your life, shop, and bank online. McAfee helps keep your PC safe from viruses, Trojans, spyware, and malware it might pick up from email, USB sticks, removable hard drives, or simply browsing online. With McAfee security software working in real time, security is there when you need it, invisible when you don't.
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Relentless security software scans and blocks dangerous emails, risky web content, and online threats like viruses, Trojans, spyware, and rootkits.
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Extra layers of Internet security software block bad guys breaking in or sneaking out with your personal information. This traffic cop patrols nonstop to prevent malicious software from gaining access to your PC.
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Color-coded icons next to your search results let you know before you click which sites are safe and which may install malicious code, phish for your identity, or send you spam.
Fast Start-Up and Scan Times
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Permanently destroy sensitive files to be sure they cannot be retrieved by other users when you donate, recycle, lend or upgrade your PC.
Unused applications, cached browser files, and other junk slow down your PC. McAfee QuickClean™ software removes the clutter so your computer can keep up with your digital life.
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