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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 51 votes out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2017 (14.0 R13)
  • Total Downloads:
    435,746
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 26, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $59.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.33MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    634
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

With another wave of students going back to school comes the annual wave of antimalware releases, and McAfee rises to the occasion as reliably as the sun. Although the Total Protection version no longer offers support for unlimited devices, there's still a lot to like here.

Pros

Friendly interface: Technical users might treat an antimalware app as something that works mostly in the background, but don't underestimate how helpful a friendly face can be for the non-technical. This latest version of McAfee does a great job of inviting the user to explore its various features, such as the password manager, software update checker (that is, software on your computer other than McAfee itself), and ransomware protection.

High-quality malware detection: While McAfee had issues in the past where its mere presence could bog down your PC, its last several iterations have actually played well with others, at least on the home desktop side. And according to independent testing labs such as AV-Test and AV Comparatives, it's a very accurate and efficient security layer.

In addition to checking files against a database, McAfee can also detect shenanigans based on how a file or program is behaving. And if it isn't sure, it can send a description of the file's behavior to its cloud where it can be examined, in a way that preserves your privacy. It's not an uncommon feature these days among premium antimalware apps, but it's new enough to be important to mention.

Aggressive Pricing: Premium AVs set their pricing according to how many devices are covered by a single license, and McAfee comes in under rivals such as Norton, Malwarebytes, and Webroot. If you shop around, you can cover 5 devices for $24 a year, which works out to a couple bucks a month. That's a pretty inexpensive insurance policy. There's also a 10-device version whose price scales reasonably. Unfortunately, if you want support for unlimited devices, you'll need to pop for McAfee LiveSafe, which may cost $15 to $20 more. Averaged across the 12 months of the subscription, it's not a huge increase, but it's something to be aware of.

Cons

Junk file cleaner doesn't let you choose: With something like CCleaner, you can select specific apps whose unneeded files you want deleted. With McAfee, you have to choose all or none, though it does at least itemize every file that it's tagged for removal.

The cookie cleaning process is a bit misleading: Cookies are helpful for things like staying logged into a website or letting it remember your location. McAfee's description of this feature implies that you can retain these settings by creating bookmarks for those websites. But bookmarks are just shortcuts -- they contain the site name, an icon, and the hyperlink, but not your account info or user preferences.

Update checker can be inconsistent: The Vulnerability Checker looks for updates to Windows and the software you've installed on it, but we did have a few encounters where it didn't see available Windows system updates. Then again, neither did Windows until we directly told it to look for updates. However, Microsoft has had this issue for years, so it's not surprising that a third party would encounter obstacles as well. It's just another reminder that vigilance doesn't end because you've installed software to protect you. Sometimes you have to watch the watchers.

Bottom Line

While there are several things that we'd like to see McAfee Total Protection do better, they involve peripheral features that don't have a direct impact on core malware protection or overall performance. Overall, McAfee is making great antimalware apps these days.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2017 (14.0 R13)
Version 2017 (14.0 R13) may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher McAfee
Publisher web site http://home.mcafee.com/
Release Date June 26, 2017
Date Added June 26, 2017
Version 2017 (14.0 R13)
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.33MB
File Name mcafee_trial_setup_433.0231_key.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 435,746
Downloads Last Week 634
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $59.99
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