McAfee LiveSafe

McAfee LiveSafe

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015
  • Total Downloads:
    3,295
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 24, 2014
  • Price:
    Purchase; annual subscription; $79.99 to buy

Editors' Review

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In the latest edition of its popular security suite, McAfee focuses on mobile protection via its LiveSafe program for home users. LiveSafe protects an unlimited number of desktops (PC, Mac) and mobile devices (Android, iOS) under one subscription.

Pros

Full-featured: McAfee's Internet Security provides comprehensive security features such as Firewalls, Parental Controls, Site Advisor, and Traffic Monitoring. The robust toolkit provides a clear view of all the ins and outs of your system and network and lets you tailor the traffic entering and exiting your PC. Net Guard can prevent you from accidentally forming connections with untrusted sources, and if suspicious software is already on your system, the McAfee Two-Way Firewall will block it from contacting outside servers.

LiveSafe scan cuts downtime: McAfee security solutions improve each year, as verified by independent testers at AV-Test, where Internet Security is one of the top-performing suites. It is still a preferred business app, due to its low system impact in everyday use and continued support of Windows XP. McAfee's antivirus engine accounts for that low impact on PC performance: It can scan incoming downloads, partial files, and changes made to the host system. Instead of rescanning known clean files, McAfee checks what's new.

Housekeeping and storage services: Beyond the security tools, McAfee boasts a good set of optimization features, such as File Shredder, QuickClean, and Vulnerability Scanner. These can help you securely remove sensitive files, find the latest driver and program updates, and erase outdated or unnecessary files to keep your system performing its best. LiveSafe offers additional services that work across platforms, such as SafeKey (a password manager) and Personal Locker for cloud storage. SafeKey lets you log in to any online services safely, provided you perform the online setup and have the app installed. Store up to 1GB of data in McAfee's secure Personal Locker cloud, which can be customized in Windows 8, iOS, or Android to require biometric authentication.

Cons

Lengthy installation: McAfee's installation is a very involved process. After you log in to your LiveSafe account online, McAfee will detect your system type and serve the correct file via an installer -- for example, if you have a PC, it will download the main software package for Windows. The process requires multiple user inputs between each step.

Cluttered interface: McAfee did little to change up its main interface this year. The oversized buttons meant to match Windows 8's touch interface give the app an uninspiring, corporate look. The touch-supported layout contrasts with the app's text-heavy labels, using written descriptions instead of icons. The Navigation Center, meant to help you get around the suite, presents an intimidating wall of text. Unless you are already familiar with the layout, prepare to spend some time digging through it.

Slower full scan and false flag: With its high catch rate, the antivirus scan tends to err on the side of caution. Compared to the majority of its competitors, McAfee has a higher rate of false positives, as reported by the experts at AV-Comparatives in its real-world tests. Live Scan and Quick Scan took little time in our tests, but a comprehensive sweep of our rig took a bit over an hour, all the while taxing our system performance.

Bottom Line

The majority of changes in McAfee's 2015 edition lies under the hood. Scans are quicker and more comprehensive. The antivirus app's accuracy could be fine-tuned, as false positives are still prevalent and deep scans are lengthy. The involved installation process and outdated UI leave a lot to be desired, but with the full-featured options and LiveSafe, the package might be worth it. With unlimited device coverage in every subscription, McAfee is aiming to win over users running multiple platforms concurrently. If your only mode of operation is desktop, LiveSafe might not be for you. But if you're a mobile user or trying to secure an entire family of devices, we recommend this suite.

 
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5 stars

"Excellent security suite!"

September 25, 2014  |  By captkirkrm1

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 2015

Pros

Protected my new Dell, plus several smart phones & tablets. Light on processor load too.

Cons

None that I saw for the past year.

Summary

If I could find a deal online to purchase it again it would be on all of my devices.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015
  • Improved malware protection and an optimized user experience.
  • Cloud-based password manager - easily manage your online passwords.
  • Cross-device protection - easily add additional devices for protection with just one click.
General
Publisher McAfee
Publisher web site http://home.mcafee.com/
Release Date September 24, 2014
Date Added September 24, 2014
Version 2015
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Google Android smartphones and tablets 2.2, 3.2, and 4.0 , iOS 5 or higher
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name mcafee-livesafe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,295
Downloads Last Week 76
Pricing
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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