McAfee Antivirus Review

McAfee is a long-standing player in the field of antivirus. The company was established in 1988 and is also recognized for its firewalls, antispam software, file encryption, and public key infrastructure. However, it is best known for its anti-virus software, and is a dominant player on the market. Its security suites provide comprehensive protection against viruses and malware and are backed by a guarantee of $1,000,000 against identity theft.

Each of McAfee’s plans comes with a fully-featured malware scanner that will block the entry of malware into your computer system and kill or quarantine the viruses that have already infiltrated it. Its real-time protection engine helps to prevent malware files from downloading and also reroutes and decrypts data to ensure that your online activity cannot be intercepted and used against you.

In our tests, McAfee repeatedly scored top marks in the Test of 0 days by AV-Test and our malware test. It also scored 100% on our privacy tests.

The interface of the suite is clean and easy to navigate. Accessing features such as parental controls and identity theft protections can be somewhat of a challenge however. They’re siloed into separate menus on the dashboard. Support is also a bit difficult to obtain. The McAfee Community Forum is currently active however Techmaster Concierge will be required to assist you with more difficult issues.

The only big disappointment was that McAfee’s system scan did not clean up some unwanted files on our test systems. It doesn’t permit users to drag and drop files or folder into the suite to scan it, as do many competitors. This is a big no-no for a security suite that costs this much.

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