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McAfee AntiVirus Plus

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McAfee has gone and done something drastic for the 2010 version of its basic security program, and we're not talking about the new name. McAfee AntiVirus Plus, which last year was known as McAfee VirusScan Plus, has a new interface that redefines how to streamline the complex and varied tools currently available in A-list security programs.

The the new and unusual top-down design is surprisingly easy to use, with clear delineations between features. Potentially confusing names have been jettisoned. For example, firewall settings control how you access the Web, so they're listed under Web and E-mail Protection. Also, McAfee stands out for not only color-coding what your status is, but also adding in what that means. The "Your computer is secure" message is bolstered by "No action required," a helpful tip. Click on any of the four categories just below the status bar and the pane just to the right reveals links to drill deeper into your security status. Mouse over the big subcategories at the bottom and a general status message appears next to the name. Click on one to for more configuration settings.

The biggest feature update comes to McAfee's real-time defense engine, called Artemis. In the 2010 version, it works in conjunction with McAfee's SiteAdvisor to scan downloads as they occur. The scans include using real-time URL, IP address, and domain name data in conjunction with a blend of blacklists, whitelists, and cloud analysis to evaluate downloads for threats before they land on your hard drive. According to McAfee, its 2010 suite has huge leaps in performance, due in part to selective process loading when you boot, and in part to flagging already-examined files as safe. Overall, we found McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2010 to be a much-needed and long-overdue improvement to McAfee's consumer protection line.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 708 votes

    • 5 star: 197
    • 4 star: 185
    • 3 star: 112
    • 2 star: 71
    • 1 star: 143
  • Current version:

    1.9 stars

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 1.0 stars

    "WORTHLESS - RUN AND GET SOFTWARE THAT WORKS!!"

    October 23, 2011  |   By Moukie_Lift

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    THERE ARE NONE.

    Cons

    The software is supposed to detect viruses...which is does not. The latest vicious virus is OpenCloud. Other a/v programs will detect it and rid your computer of it. McAfee won't. Their technical support is non-existent. Other s/w technical support are quicker to develop patches and give support to their users. McAfee fails in their support and the program is worthless.

    Once a virus has invaded your system with McAfee the firewall fails and you are susceptible to other viruses to attack. There is no protection from spyware, malware or viruses using this program.

    Summary

    Do yourself a favor and use other software other than McAfee. I would not suggest using this program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible of both"

    October 21, 2011  |   By almoria

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    No good things.

    Cons

    Blocks and removes and all its features really really suck.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Result judged by McAfee's own install failed to protect"

    October 18, 2011  |   By Markusag

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    Made me feel safe even when I was not.

    Cons

    Used McAfee for almost 3 years, substituted Windows firewall, then de-installed McAfee for minute or so, and then immediately started re-install. PC never without firewall protection. Installation stops saying my PC is compromised. Contact customer support cut me off and dropped the call. Clearly their virus protection by - judgement of their own tests has not worked.

    Their sharp practice is to try to unsettle one and sell paid for support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lots of issues."

    October 8, 2011  |   By fradz1

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    Seems to work? Lots of options.

    Cons

    Totally screws up my internet! Fix the problem and then they update, starts over again.

    Summary

    I'm one year into a three years membership, but doubt we'll be friends at the end.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible program continually crashed my computer"

    September 17, 2011  |   By srhb54321

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    none that I can think of

    Cons

    Crashes computer updating takes for ever will auto charge your account multiple tome

    Summary

    Do not waste your money

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pathetic Product"

    September 17, 2011  |   By Ambrogi

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind.

    Cons

    Customer service = 0%
    Problems with program = 95%
    Problem Solving = 5%

    Summary

    If you like Indian customer service who you cannot understand and cannot comprehend your problem, you'll love McAfee. They will try to sell you a "Registery Solving Contract" for $169 per year when Dell did it for free. Stay away from this software.

    Updated on Oct 24, 2011

    As of today, 10/24/11, the program is incompatible with Roboform and continually crashes my computer. Roboform told me to call McAfee to put them on their "Safe List". Customer service was from India (OH, what a surprise) and they didn't have a clue. I will uninstall McAfee despite the fact that my subscription is not finished. THey are not worth the headaches and frustration.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I simply like it,cos its so simple.."

    September 5, 2011  |   By arshue

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    user friendly.good notification and indications.

    Cons

    Im sure a software can't be 100% perfect.

    Summary

    I always feel it to go with McAfee.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "removed from computer installed Norton!"

    August 24, 2011  |   By slydeborah

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    NONE nada!

    Cons

    Saw nothing in it when it came to protection. Was free for 4 yrs & had issues with installation & PC Treasures company provided the software suite were not accomodating with assisting as they stated they would be. Removed it installed Norton 360!

    Summary

    Not wasting my time to say anything further customer service was atrocious and so was the software program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "McAfee simply awesome love it"

    August 21, 2011  |   By jaymans

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    easy
    quick
    secure

    Cons

    Nothing at all

    Summary



    Updated on Aug 21, 2011

    Best Security Out there by far outa all others take this one #1

    Updated on Aug 22, 2011

    Well my internet providers going to switch to McAfee so I did an all day search load compare with security software Best one out there is McAfee by far
    It's easy functionality 5 Stars
    5/5 of the others didn't 0 stars
    Features 5 stars
    5/5 of the others 0 stars
    Added security software 5 stars
    5/5 of the others 0 stars AVG even slowed my computer and found it hard to navigate and see results and what it did 5/5 of the others I found like this!!!
    For the above 3 alone I give McAfee 5 stars 100% positive best security out there by far :) LOVE IT

    Updated on Aug 22, 2011

    Also it was the only security software out there that lets you see whats being done all others weren't even sure if it done what it says it was doing all 5 of the others were like that
    6 months FULL protections all others 30 days other then AVG which I uninstalled 3 or 4 times in the past DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL :(

    Updated on Aug 22, 2011

    Might I add only security software Facebook trusts and suggest all download I secured my facebook account and gave me McAfee 6 month full protections free but I will be going with my internet provider which are actively switching to the BEST security on the Market McAfee keep it up guys I simply love it and features are 100 times better then all competitors none of them even come close to McAfee :) :) :) :) :) 5 5 5 5 5 5 STARS

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  • 1.0 stars

    "couldn't install"

    August 1, 2011  |   By adiva45

    Version: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011

    Pros

    none - couldn't use it

    Cons

    Crashed a Windows application during installation and could never be installed. Same problem with the other McAfee Internet Security

    Summary

    useless

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