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.
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.
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.
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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May 09, 2017
Version: McAfee Total Protection 2017 (14.0 R10)
Extremely poor customer service. They automatically renewed my subscription without permission and blamed me for not responding to an email I never received and going online, logging into my account and choosing the opt out option for the auto-renewal. The supervisor, Alex, wanted to argue with me and press her case that it was all my fault. I immediately canceled my subscription and found better software online.
This program came auto-loaded on my new Dell computer. When your subscription is up, run. Run fast, run silent, run deep, but get away from McAfee and find a better deal.
March 22, 2014
Version: McAfee Total Protection 2014
I've seen no Pros so far.
McAfee once was my preferred anti virus program, no more. Recently my McAfee Total (not!!!) Protection software has let several trojans through and when I call for support I get little other than for them to tell me it must be my fault but for a nominal fee of $80+ their technical virus removal service can remove the virus their system was supposed to detect and stop.
McAfee Total Protection needs to be renamed McAfee Total Ripoff.
Their service is the absolute worst. The minute you contact them as part of your subscription, they try to force you into purchasing one of their expensive support packages even when you don't need it. And if you refuse, they become irate and disinterested in helping you. Stay away from this company and their products or you'll be disappointed!
February 28, 2013
Version: McAfee Total Protection 2013
doesn't interfere on every little thing you do, easy to install,
scan takes a while to complete, but at least you know its checking everything.
I've always preferred mcafee as it has minimum disruption and is very easy to use, can't understand people who say that it is stopping them from doing tasks, I found norton and avg to very disruptive and you seem to go round in circles when your trying to resolve any issues and end up uninstalling whole program, I would choose mcafee any day.
February 07, 2013
Version: McAfee Total Protection 2013
Very long startup time
Slows cmputers to annoying level
Computers most of the time usage 100% of the recousrces
Frequent crashes of Internet explorer
Internet explorer will crash when u save or dowload PDF file
Gives good internet secutity but the negative effect out way the advantages.
Using since 7 years but accustomed to the disadvantages. But since I am using I came to Know all the problems in my computors because of the Mcafee
slowed down my computer to like molasses in January. ZERO customer support - they rip you off
Once I installed it, it took ten minutes to boot my computer. I turned it off and used other product. Now I have better performance.
They billed my card, and sent me the email from do-not-reply address that looks normal. nowhere on the email does it indicate that it's a do not reply email and that no-one monitors it. When I tried to get a refund, i got the runaround from the customer service guy. when I asked to speak to his supervisor, they just cut me off.
November 14, 2011
Version: McAfee Total Protection 2012
A year of sedrvice with no real issues.
until I needed them. They say that they protect against 99.9% of virus, but if one slips by...you are paying BIG for it.
I got hacked with a program that shuts down all of my programs including internet (Privacy Protection is the name of the evil company) then they have a program installed w/o my permission and all I need do is activate (for $59) and they will get rid of the virus (that they put on) I called McAfee to fix it. They said they would give me live one on one assistance for $89.99. Sure it was my choice, but not much other choice there. I paid, then I found out this extra one on one service was only available for 5 days!!! $89 for five days!!! Basically I paid McAfee $90 for an hours worth of phone assistance, to fix a problem they should have stopped in the first place.
November 10, 2011
Version: McAfee Total Protection 2012
there are none
It is the best program out their i have tried perty much everything there is as fare as security software goes and McAfee is the best there is and I have tested it a lot and it has kept me protectet like nothing else nothing has gotten by it in the time that i have had it like i said before i have tried other stuff but i always come back to McAfee because it is just the best there is. AND THERE IS ONLY 2 THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, NOTHING, AND LIKE IT!!!