One of the top brands in the antivirus market since it’s inception, Mcafee Antivirus (named after the company founded by the product’s famed creator ­ John McAfee, who resigned from the company in 1994) quickly rose to heights in the late 90’s as the most proficient antivirus software available. Now owned by Intel Security Group (purchased in 2010 for a cool $7.68 billion), the Mcafee antivirus products are still a powerhouse in the market, banking on almost 30 years of experience offering PC protection products. Now a 30 ­strong arsenal of products, McAfee have a lot to offer in the cyber protection world, from protecting your mobile phone to safeguarding large organization server bases, but what can they do for you in protecting your computer, and are they worth trying?

McAfee Review

Compatibility

Windows
Apple Mac
iPhone/iPad
Android
Linux

Reliability and Security

As mentioned in the features section, Mcafee antivirus software is generally very reliable and, in the most recent test, above industry standard. According to usage tests, it’s the same story for the product’s usability… With no false detection's of legitimate software as malware, McAfee antivirus is miles ahead of the industry average (5, out of a possible 1,328,235). This makes for a great user experience and a refreshing lack of mistaken flagging up of harmless software which is all too common in antivirus products. The user interface of the product is very simple and easy to navigate, unlike other antivirus software with good feature sets.

Removes Malware
Removes Malware

Detects and removes malicous software on your computer like viruses, adware or spyware.

Removes Spyware
Removes Spyware

Spyware secretly monitors what you do on your computer. Its aim is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details.

Web Protection
Web Protection

Detect which websites are safe and can be trusted. Block malware websites and downloads.

Real-Time Protection
Real-Time Protection

Real-Time protection runs in the background and monitors your system continuously, blocking malware before it gets on your hard-drive.

Removes Adware
Removes Adware

Adware is malicous software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups.

Scheduled Scans
Scheduled Scans

Set your own scheduled for system antivirus scans including what locations to scan.

Firewall
Firewall

Remote managment of Windows firewall or built-in advanced firewall tools.

Tune-Up
Tune-Up

Includes tools which will help with the speed and optimization of your computer.

Phone Support
Phone Support

24/7 phone support for billing and technical questions.

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AV Comparatives - 99.40%

Features

Mcafee is filled with great features, from safely storing passwords to permanent deletion of sensitive files. The product feels and acts like McAfee haven’t skipped corners on features protecting the user from online threats, they even go as far as building in a feature which prevents you from spreading malware and SPAM. In terms of the basic functionality, McAfee antivirus products continue to score well with comparative organizations. In a recent test from AV­TEST (a respected organization in the antivirus market), the latest McAfee product picked up 98.1% of new malware samples and 99.9% of the existing malware samples. (Industry average of 97% and 99% respectively)

Tune-Up
Tune-Up

Includes tools which will help with the speed and optimization of your computer.

Phone Support
Phone Support

24/7 phone support for billing and technical questions.

Live Chat Support
Live Chat Support

Customer service includes live chat for a quick respsonse to any issues.

Value For Money

Mcafee base antivirus product, ‘McAfee Total Protection’, has a $49.99 / year price tag and a slew of awards advocating their product, which is a great indicator of good value for money. This initial assumption is supported by a strong feature set, offering much more than just removal of different types of malware. The base product seems to be a culmination of a number of other products in the McAfee range, pulling features from many different security solutions they offer in other packages. The icing on the cake is the ability to ‘Protect every device you own with the same subscription at no extra cost’. This looks past what other antivirus companies offer as ‘multiple licenses’ and we think it is a great addition to the service. Overall, McAfee proves itself to be well worth the $50 price tag.

Support and Customer Service

If you need support it is relatively easy to get, you can choose between chat support, email support and phone support, all available around the clock. During a period of high volume, we only had to wait 2 minutes to connect with a representative at McAfee via chat support, so we can vouch for their availability. Their support avenues aren’t just good for helping with the product, they are also a great way to brush up on your linguistics as they offer phone support in 10 different countries and 5 different languages, as well as chat support in over 20 languages.