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McAfee All Access 2013 Review

Now owned by Intel, McAfee All Access is a professional-grade personal computer security suite that comes with apps for Mac and Android. It's the premium security product from McAfee, but while its features are top-notch, its competitors do better at security-efficacy benchmarking.

Installation McAfee All Access doesn't have the fastest installation around, but it's not horrifically slow. From download to ready-to-use, the entire process took about six and a half minutes. By contrast, Symantec's Norton goes 0 to 60 in less than a minute.

McAfee appears to have fixed the suite's problems with oversensitivity toward … Read more

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2013

McAfee Internet Security 2013 is one of the available tiers in McAfee's 2013 suite of security products, for which McAfee Internet Security 2013 includes all of the features of McAfee All Access 2013, excepting McAfee SafeKey, McAfee All Access, online cloud features, tablet/mac support, social-network protection, hacker/thief protection, identity protection, spam blocking, and family protections.

Read the full review of McAfee's 2013 security software on the McAfee All Access 2013 product page. The rating for McAfee Antivirus Plus 2013 is independent of the rating for McAfee All Access 2013.

McAfee Internet Security 2013 Review

McAfee Internet Security 2013 is one of the available tiers in McAfee's 2013 suite of security products. McAfee Internet Security 2013 includes all of the features of McAfee All Access 2013, excepting McAfee SafeKey, McAfee All Access, online cloud features, tablet/mac support, social-network protection, hacker/thief protection, and identity protection.

Read the full review of McAfee's 2013 security software on the McAfee All Access 2013 product page. The rating for McAfee Internet Security 2013 is independent of the rating for McAfee All Access 2013.

McAfee Total Protection 2013 Review

McAfee Total Protection 2013 is one of the available tiers in McAfee's 2013 suite of security products. McAfee Total Protection 2013 includes all of the features of McAfee All Access 2013, excepting McAfee SafeKey, McAfee All Access, online cloud features, and tablet/mac support.

Read the full review of McAfee's 2013 security software on the McAfee All Access 2013 product page. The rating for McAfee Total Protection 2013 is independent of the rating for McAfee Total Access 2013.

Get Norton AntiVirus 2013 (3 PCs) free after rebate

Funny thing about Symantec's security programs: Lots of people still hate them. Like, really hate them. I guess the bloated, sluggish, more-harm-than-good versions of yesteryear were enough to turn some users off Symantec forever, even though the products have improved dramatically in the past several years.

Indeed, several of the company's Norton tools are perennial award-winners, and have been since the early days of Windows 7. And yet I know that at least some readers will see this deal and write, "Norton AntiVirus? No way, never again."

More on that in a bit. For now, Newegg … Read more

Protect your device from viruses and malware with Antivirus for Android

There is no official barrier that can prevent viruses, malware, or spyware from entering your mobile device. Countless programs are on the market that claim they can protect your device from malicious threats, but very few of them actually deliver a valuable tool. Antivirus for Android is yet another program that promises, but fails to deliver.

The setup for Antivirus for Android goes quite easily and there are no advanced settings to deal with. However, the first hurdle occurs when the program loads. A user agreement pops up on the screen, asking for further permissions on the device. It is … Read more

A look at Intego's 2013 security software for OS X

If you are considering security software for your Mac there are a number of options out there, including those from popular companies like Sophos, Symantec, and Intego. There are both free tools and paid subscriptions to choose from.

A while ago I gave Intego's SecurityBarrier X6 suite a spin, which in testing has been found to be one of the better-performing anti-malware tools for OS X; however, the software did require a bit of a technical approach that was not too appealing to the average user.

In order to cater to a broader range of people, with its 2013 security suiteRead more

New Avast features roll out to fan legions

The new version of the Avast security suite focuses on repairing the past mistakes of Windows. Debuting today exclusively with CNET's Download.com, Avast 8 addresses some of today's most pressing security concerns but leaves at least one other growing problem unresolved.

All told, Avast Free Antivirus 8 (download), Avast Pro Antivirus 8 (download), Avast Internet Security 8 (download) and the new top-tier suite, Avast Premier 8 (download) command upwards of 170 million active users, making Avast the most popular consumer security suite by a long shot.

Although the suite leaves privacy in the cold, the rest of … Read more

How we test antivirus and security software

The best antivirus software available does more than just stop computer viruses, it also addresses the myriad and complex modern threats that you'll encounter. Indeed, from the merged antivirus and anti-malware detection engines to enhancing online privacy controls, security suites are an essential part of Windows and Mac desktop life. And just like driving a car without wearing a seatbelt, you shouldn't try to get by can get by without using antivirus software just because you can.

Because of their long history of deleterious consequences to system performance, security suites deserve closer scrutiny than any other category of … Read more

Security Toolkit: Best 4 lesser-known malware programs

For most computer users, the idea of having malware or adware creeping onto your machine has become an accepted fate that comes with being online. More-tech-savvy users can manage to stay clean for a while but, like the flu, everybody gets it eventually. Whether it was through a questionable e-mail sent by a friend or from a moment of weakness when you clicked on that video link promising playful kittens, suddenly you find your beloved computer starting to behave strangely. It might be a quick process; it might not happen right away, but you will know right away something is … Read more