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McAfee LiveSafe

$89.99
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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.0.104.0
  • Total Downloads:
    35,129
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 13, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $89.99 to buy

Editors' Review

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McAfee LiveSafe is the company's premium antivirus software, which in 2016 added cloud-based malware analysis to its feature set. All three of McAfee's antivirus offerings allow one subscription to be used on an unlimited number of devices.

Pros

Behavior-based malware protection: McAfee LiveSafe doesn't just scan for viruses; it also looks at software behavior to see what might be malware. Conventional antivirus apps depend on a database of virtual fingerprints (called signatures), but the most dangerous malware regularly alters its signature to something that the scanner no longer recognizes as a virus. So looking at behavior is a more effective strategy than simply tracking virus signatures. Sometimes the analysis can only be done when the user opens a file or clicks a dangerous link. McAfee's Real Protect sends a profile of the behavior to a cloud-based scanner, which helps determine whether malicious activity is afoot. Putting analysis in the cloud is intended to reduce battery consumption and to decrease the time it takes to scan your system.

At this point, behavioral analysis is the only way to keep pace with malware evolution. The feature has become common among the leading anti-malware companies, but it's worth noting as you compare antivirus apps.

Unlimited devices: Last year, McAfee changed its licensing so that one subscription could be used on any number of your personal devices. So far, no major competitor has matched this offer, so it remains notable. McAfee does not appear to have adjusted its pricing to compensate, either; you can regularly find promotions on its website offering the same kinds of discounts that we saw before the company changed its licensing, as well as the usual deals from third parties like Amazon or Best Buy.

Robust Android support: While Apple has locked down iOS to the point that third-party security apps can't do very much, Google lets apps like McAfee Mobile Security get under the hood. We have a full review of McAfee's Android app, which is a full-fledged security app and not just another anti-theft add-on.

Cons

Scanning technique could use more clarity: While McAfee's cloud-based behavioral analysis is beneficial, we couldn't find any mention of it in the app or in the marketing materials. We only know that Real Protect exists in McAfee's home desktop products because the company gave us a demo. McAfee also told us that the cloud feature cannot be disabled, which we confirmed by navigating the app's settings. The app's real-time scanning options are limited to on and off. Without that demo, we would've had a hard time distinguishing what makes the new version new.

Offline scanning quality is ambiguous: Because McAfee's scanner depends on the cloud, you may get a reduced-quality scan when you don't have an Internet connection -- and the app may not tell you so. Disabling your Internet connection does not produce any feedback from the app, nor does running a scan without a connection. We did not observe a difference in scanning speed or scanning results when connected or disconnected.

Bottom Line:

LiveSafe is efficient and easy to use. McAfee's antimalware products deliver consistently reliable performance, according to independent testing labs like AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, and McAfee remains the only antivirus app maker offering support for all your devices. But other than that, there isn't a whole lot to put McAfee ahead of competitors like Bitdefender or Norton. Behavioral analysis is helpful but not unique, and McAfee's extension into the cloud is buried under a layer that makes its benefits difficult for the user to distinguish from normal operation.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Great Product. Works seamlessly across all my devices"

June 26, 2016  |  By onestepup

2016-06-26 22:50:51  |  By onestepup

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

- Quality product by Intel & McAfee Labs
- Frequent updates
- Single subscription works across all my devices
- Peace of mind even when transacting online
- Nifty browser plugin suggests which sites & links are safe to visit
- Parental control

Cons

None that I could find at the moment.
But if I had to - then i'd say that iPhone app needs a little more polishing in terms of presentation.

Summary

Great product. Backed by Intel. Peace of mind.

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1 stars

"Beware hidden early contract auto-renew. Av.performance"

March 02, 2016  |  By grinte

2016-03-02 04:25:57  |  By grinte

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 2016

Pros

Cost in December 2014 was £24.99 for software download card from newsagent.

Cons

Slow to block or warn of malware. After 9 months use suffered serious system compromise whilst downloading sat-nav software. Purchased Kaspersky package and uninstalled McAfee but discovered that original McAfee sets a default auto-renewal at 11 months and took £89.99 out of my account. To reclaim TS 102152 to Bulgaria ( all customers in Europe one address) - No response. Wrote a letter to Bulgaria in February - no response. No email address for Europe customers only fax number..

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4 stars

"Defends all my devices"

February 12, 2016  |  By samrat.chitta

2016-02-12 00:23:29  |  By samrat.chitta

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

Multi device support
unlimited licenses

Cons

takes little time to download on pc

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5 stars

"Smart Security Product"

February 10, 2016  |  By search_sharad

2016-02-10 20:14:33  |  By search_sharad

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

- smartly detecting malware.
- price is cheaper than other antivirus software.

Cons

user interface is not so eye-catching compare to other software.

Summary

This software is protecting my Laptop from last 1 year. I am really happy with this antivirus software. I feel it is worth buying product.

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5 stars

"Best AntiVirus SW"

February 10, 2016  |  By Kabali123

2016-02-10 18:59:33  |  By Kabali123

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

Protect all my devices.
100% efficient in scanning the documents and attachments,
Economical.

Cons

None that I saw so far.

Summary

Overall a best AV product, I would definitely recommend it to my peers and friends

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5 stars

"Best Security Product"

February 10, 2016  |  By ankurstarware

2016-02-10 10:26:45  |  By ankurstarware

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

Protects multiple devices
Faster Scanning and no performance impact.
Working awesome for my laptop and comes under my budget..

Cons

Not so user friendly...

Summary

Worth buying product, recommended for everyone...!!

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5 stars

"Over all a good product"

February 10, 2016  |  By Manoj G

2016-02-10 00:42:48  |  By Manoj G

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

1. Effective in keeping laptop free from viruses
2. Additional free software for password management

Cons

1. Slows down reboot
2. System becomes slow during it scans

Summary

So far so good.

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5 stars

"Great Product"

February 09, 2016  |  By Sahil Chhabra

2016-02-09 23:38:51  |  By Sahil Chhabra

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.6120

Pros

gives protection to all my devices
scan faster
cost efficient

Cons

UI is not that promising

Summary

Overall great security product to spend your money

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1 stars

"Had to cancel subscription after 48 hours"

January 01, 2016  |  By SCShermie

2016-01-01 22:47:55  |  By SCShermie

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 2016

Pros

Cheap price for all devices "protection"

Cons

Couldn't and didn't get rid of viruses found by other malware programs
Both Internet Explorer and Chrome still show signs of malware even after 2 full scans
After 2 scans had McAfee tell me my computer was at risk ***?

Summary

I ended up with a bunch of malware and viruses stupidly downloading an ebook from a torrent service. It "bundled" lots of malware infecting my new HP 2-for-1 notebook. It included redirect virus from Springfiles and www.my-search.com. I cleaned up what I could manually but paid for a subscription to McAfee hoping it would clean things up. It only found and quarantined four threats then McAfee said "Your computer is at risk!" Check your settings to fix things. The four threats where never described nor indicated where they came from. I took my notebook to my work IT guy and with him using malwarebytes and spyhunter alone in the first few minutes, he found over 40 threats, 36 more than McAfee after two full scans. I said that was it, I immediately got a refund less than 48 hours of buying it. My IT guy also said that McAfee is a memory hog and after checking out my Task Manager I have to agree.

McAfee came with my laptop and it came with the Toshiba that my nephews just got for Christmas from OfficeMax, as soon as they turned on their laptop McAfee told them that their newly turned on computer was loaded with viruses and they haven't been able to use it. They were upset about not being able to use their new Christmas present.

I'm checking out other antivirus software to replace McAfee.

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1 stars

"Worst Security Suite Possible"

December 19, 2015  |  By jtomcoburn

2015-12-19 16:00:39  |  By jtomcoburn

 |  Version: McAfee LiveSafe 2016

Pros

Works most of the time except the Password login utility SafeKey

Cons

Have had to reinstall the program several times as it stops working. SafeKey does not log into many sites, doesn't work with Firefox without making changes that are not recommended by Firefox and doesn't always "remember" login names and passwords for new sites. Online chat and email support generally is not working due to technical problems. When I run the scan by the free program Malwarebytes, it always finds issues that McAfee has missed.

Summary

Don't let the Intel brand fool you. This is a poor bit of software trying to do an important task. The joke is they are charging $89.99 for this piece of junk. I got a trial on my new computer and extended it for a year at $39.99 and still got ripped off. For newer computers I think using Windows Defender and Firewall plus a few free programs like Malwarebytes and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Real Time Scanner is better than buying some all-in-one security suite, especially McAfee.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.0.104.0
McAfee LiveSafe 14.0.104.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher McAfee
Publisher web site http://home.mcafee.com/
Release Date June 20, 2016
Date Added July 13, 2016
Version 14.0.104.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 4.22MB
File Name mcafee_trial_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 35,129
Downloads Last Week 90
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $89.99

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