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  • 4.0 stars

    "Only keeping it because it came with the OEM"

    October 29, 2012  |   By ericollo

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    Paid AV is apparently always better
    Does seem to work

    Cons

    Can't add virus exceptions to files stored in "critical" locations
    It doesn't shut up when I decide to disable it(s functions)
    Crappy interface hard to navigate
    Cannot add multiple files to its firewall
    Does not have a option to disable those scan your computer reminders
    Updates too frequently
    Restoring quarantined files is a pain in the ass

    Summary

    What can I say? I chose an Acer computer to be the first laptop I ever buy, and a small part of the reason I chose it was because of the OEM Security Suite that came with it. At first I was happy I needn't spend money on another AV program for a whole year, but then it started to annoy me.
    This program has options, but the truth is, unless you decide to uninstall it, stop its process from the task manager or temporarily disable it by renaming its main program, it WILL NOT SHUT UP until it GETS WHAT IT WANTS, sort of like scare-ware. That's why I'm giving it a 3.5; I'm getting airport security, or a presidential bodyguard, for free.
    But, like airport security, it is overwhelmingly stupidly paranoid. For one, it is extremely difficult for one to find the "advanced options", because the button exists as a tiny link at the top right corner of the software's window, contrast to the big-ass buttons and fonts for "scan now" or "update now, your virus is five days out of date".
    Virus exceptions can be added apparently, however I can't seem to get it to work because unlike McAfee's genius dvelopers, I like to install my "virus-infected" programs under "program files", which ISS thinks is a critical folder. No-it-isnt, System32 is a critical folder, however "program files" is about as critical as c:\games, which mcafee doesn't think is critical, which shows a flaw in logic.
    Another thing that highlights McAfee's stupidity is that unless you set a quarantined file as an exception, McAfee will fkkk it up even if you just restored it. Out of the big house, and in again the very next second. Boo! If I want to set OJ free after being warned repeatedly, I'll set OJ free. It's my computer, I do what I want!
    Ignoring the pop-ups, the AV's effect on system performance does seem relatively light. Although its pop-ups can sometimes disrupt a winning streak in a multiplayer gaming session, in which you will definitely loose just because your computer might come under an attack just because McAfee hasn't updated in 5 days, it generally doesn't do much damage to the speed at which your computer runs.
    Speaking of the frequent updates... 5 DAYS, huhkay? If you remind me once a month, I'll tolerate you. But wanting to update once every five days is just unnecessary.
    Besides, how much chance do you think I've got against any hacker? If professional hacker wants to look inside my computer, he's going to look inside my computer regardless of these fancy updates that don't seem to do much.
    I wish i had bought the AV instead of getting it bundled... at least in that instance, I can get my money back.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I always Use Mcafee.. why? its best"

    September 17, 2012  |   By archi1989

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    the best internet security with exlent protection.. beter then eset smart security, kaspersky, symantec and others

    Cons

    if you dont have good computer its not for you

    Summary

    The best

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't use any McAfee product"

    August 30, 2012  |   By VirusSupport

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    It has parental controls.

    Cons

    It suck the fireall doesn't block anything it's detects nothing. I scanned with malwarebytes found 18 viruses adaware, PUP's, ETC...

    Summary

    Don't use any McAfee product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Obstruction at its finest."

    May 21, 2012  |   By ConDsenXieN

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    There's nothing to like and no benefits to this "Security Suite".

    Cons

    - Gross mis-management of RAM and resources
    - Constant hang-ups of all programs so that McAfee can "update"
    - Scans take forever and never have any results
    - Can't tell a virus from a can opener
    - Constant false positives

    Summary

    Ever wonder what it would feel like to own a computer that a company never allows you to use? Look no further than this joke of an offering from McAfee.

    The aggravating, constant threat of an "update" will guarantee your computer to hang in limbo as your programs all go unresponsive while the "security suite" now monopolizes every resource available.

    Don't bother trying to install any programs with this installed on your PC, you won't get very far. McAfee will constantly butt in with yet another claim of a virus or a "trojan" and block you from installing it. If you DO go for a workaround of temporarily disabling McAfee, it will just look for what you installed and destroy it anyway.

    Do you like using the internet? You'll hate it pretty fast with McAfee's "Site Advisor", where even the tamest websites out there will continually be flagged by McAfee as dangerous, forcing you to click a bypass link each time. If you're lucky enough to use a browser that doesn't force it down your throat, you can disable it, but you're better off spending the 30 or so minutes uninstalling it as McAfee repeatedly begs you to remain on your machine.

    This software is an absolute nightmare to navigate, and the interface is as clunky and useless as they come. You'll find many a misclick, and if you're one of the unfortunate few who disabled most of its features, you'll be constantly reminded with the omnipresent "Your computer is not protected!" demagoguery.

    In a nutshell, this waste of data on your drive does nothing productive, everything obtrusive, and ensures that your machine is no longer in your hands. This is the information age, and the "Nanny" flavour of AntiVirus programs and scanners should have been phased out long ago.

    0.5 stars out of five, and only because I seemingly can't give it a big, fat ZERO.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "very obtrusive"

    April 20, 2012  |   By techcrazey

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    none so far

    Cons

    mcshield just keeps eating up between 60 and 100% of my pc resources. can not do anything about it what so ever. can not play games anymore. as soon as i installed my pc ran slow as heck.

    Summary

    Im not here to dog mcafee but come on this program is a joke. I"ve used all security suite products and this has to be just about the worst. Why would i want to use a product that once installed makes my pc un useable.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "More problems than it is worth. No support. Do not buy."

    March 1, 2012  |   By Irish3t

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    Nothing good to be said.

    Cons

    The company wants to sell their products as downloads only. More profits that way. Nothing to manufacture. Will never buy again. It will be Norton or someone else. See reasons in Summary.

    Summary

    If you purchase a disc as you load the program it will keep trying to download the program from the internet instead of from the disc. If you update from one year to the next it will automatically grab the email address you registered the previous version to, even though you have uninstalled all of the
    Mcafee files. You had better hope you have access to that email address because that is the only way you can change it to a new email address. If you can't change that then you have lost all three licenses because it will not let you register the software to a different email address on the second or third computer. Then try to find a phone number where you can actually talk to a person. Very difficult. Don't even try to email these people or send them a message through their contact messages because they will not answer you. I waited three weeks, still no reply. If you finally are able to get their technical support be ready for these people to take control of your computer and start looking everywhere without telling you what they are doing or where they are looking. They were navigating through my computer and when I kept asking them what they were doing they said we are trying to fix your computer. They were difficult to understand. I asked them if they were with McAfee, and they said yes they did service for McAfee. I asked them what their names were. They said Sam Smith. Really?? Once I got them to stop and listen to me I told them that all I needed to do was change the email address the computer was registered to. They asked if I could still access the old email address. I told them no. They said they couldn't help me. So I hung up. I noticed they were still navigating through my computer even after I hung up. So I shut the computer down. I turned it back on and they were still in the computer. So I disconnected by cat 5 cable and then closed the program. I then tried to call another number for help. I was on hold for 20 minutes and when they finally answered I told them the problem and they hung up on me. Now I am worried what they were getting into while they had access to my computer.I am not a paranoid person but I felt they could have handled this a lot better, kept me informed, etc. if they were who they said they were.

    I am contacting the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General of my state to report what happened to me. The staff I dealt with was very unprofessional, very hard to understand and no help whatsoever. It is fraudulent to sell a product that does not do as is advertised and this software most definitely does not.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Useful and easy to use for most average users"

    February 11, 2012  |   By ktcali

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    ease of use
    non obtrusive

    Cons

    takes a little long to do scans

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Reliable, stable and unobtrusive!"

    November 11, 2011  |   By Nortonpal

    Version: McAfee Internet Security 2012

    Pros

    This product has everything you need for computer security.A well-designed interface makes no effort to manage this program, even for inexperienced users.The product has excellent firewall with all the necessary settings.McAfee IS 2012 will not slow down your computer and does not perform unnecessary processes during idle time.This program does not conflict with other applications and integrates nicely with Windows 7.

    Cons

    The installation a little longer than Norton.Time of quick scan of a bit more than Norton and Panda too.During the upgrade, the other of the Internet download may lose a little speed.

    Summary

    A good and reliable program that will meet the needs of any user.A lot of my clients use McAfee for a long time and are completely satisfied with it work.Children, wives, drunk husbands and all of their "adventure" in the network will not harm your computer if it's protected by McAfee.
    It sounds like an advertisement?Well - try a free trial version and see for yourself.

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