McAfee is one of the oldest names in antivirus, and for good reason. McAfee is among the best antivirus software you can buy, at least for the money. It’s seen improvement in lab results in recent years. It’s hitting or reaching toward 100 percent performance on the antivirus end and offers a password manager and secure file storage to round out the Total Protection package. Total Protection comes at a variety of price points depending on how many devices you want to license.
Antivirus isn’t what it used to be: security for a single, central computer for the house. Now, with multiple laptops, smartphones and tablets running around, antivirus needs to support multiple machines.
McAfee has caught on to this trend and priced its products accordingly. Total Protection isn’t expensive for an individual user, but the best rate comes when you buy it for multiple computers.
We recommend going with a plan for five or 10 devices. It’s under $10 per machine and you get the same features. Devices include any smartphone, tablet or computer, and all of them sync when you open the McAfee UI.
Mcafee is filled with great features, from safely storing passwords to permanent deletion of sensitive files. The product feels and acts like McAfee haven’t skipped corners on features protecting the user from online threats, they even go as far as building in a feature which prevents you from spreading malware and SPAM. In terms of the basic functionality, McAfee antivirus products continue to score well with comparative organizations. In a recent test from AVTEST (a respected organization in the antivirus market), the latest McAfee product picked up 98.1% of new malware samples and 99.9% of the existing malware samples. (Industry average of 97% and 99% respectively)
Mcafee base antivirus product, ‘McAfee Total Protection’, has a $54.99 / year price tag and a slew of awards advocating their product, which is a great indicator of good value for money. This initial assumption is supported by a strong feature set, offering much more than just removal of different types of malware. The base product seems to be a culmination of a number of other products in the McAfee range, pulling features from many different security solutions they offer in other packages. The icing on the cake is the ability to ‘Protect every device you own with the same subscription at no extra cost’. This looks past what other antivirus companies offer as ‘multiple licenses’ and we think it is a great addition to the service. Overall, McAfee proves itself to be well worth the $50 price tag.
Reliability and Security
As mentioned in the features section, Mcafee antivirus software is generally very reliable and, in the most recent test, above industry standard. According to usage tests, it’s the same story for the product’s usability… With no false detection’s of legitimate software as malware, McAfee antivirus is miles ahead of the industry average (5, out of a possible 1,328,235). This makes for a great user experience and a refreshing lack of mistaken flagging up of harmless software which is all too common in antivirus products. The user interface of the product is very simple and easy to navigate, unlike other antivirus software with good feature sets.
Detects and removes malicous software on your computer like viruses, adware or spyware.
Spyware secretly monitors what you do on your computer. Its aim is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details.
Detect which websites are safe and can be trusted. Block malware websites and downloads.
Real-Time protection runs in the background and monitors your system continuously, blocking malware before it gets on your hard-drive.
Adware is malicous software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups.
Set your own scheduled for system antivirus scans including what locations to scan.
Remote managment of Windows firewall or built-in advanced firewall tools.
Includes tools which will help with the speed and optimization of your computer.
24/7 phone support for billing and technical questions.