McAfee Antivirus Review

McAfee has been in the field of antivirus for quite a while. The company was founded in 1988 and is known for its firewalls, antispam products, encryption of files and public key infrastructure. However, it is most well known for its anti-virus software, and is a dominant player in the market. Security suites that it offers provide complete protection against malware and viruses and are backed by a guarantee of $1,000,000 against identity theft.

All of McAfee’s plans include a full-featured malware scanner which can block the entry of malware into a computer system and kill or block the viruses that have already infiltrated it. Its real-time security engine is designed to stop malware files from downloading and also redirects data and encrypts it to ensure that your online activity isn’t hacked and used against you.

During our tests, McAfee repeatedly achieved top marks in tests of AV Test’s 0-day test as well as our malware protection test. It also scored 100 percent in our privacy tests.

The interface of the suite is easy to use and clear. It’s a little difficult to access features such as parental controls or identity theft protections. They’re separated into separate menus on the dashboard. Support is also somewhat difficult. The McAfee Community Forum is currently active however Techmaster Concierge will be required to help users with more complex issues.

McAfee’s system scanner did not eliminate some junk files from our test systems. It also fails to provide the option to drag and drop a directory or file into the suite for scanning like a lot of competitors do. This is a major omission in a security suite at this price.

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