Reviews and Problems with McAfee Internet Security
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McAfee Internet Security
24 October 2013
Excerpt: McAfee Internet Security is an internet security suite, which means that it provides more comprehensive safety features than entry-level antivirus products offer. It does, of course, handle the basics of protecting PCs from malware attacks and removing threats. In fact, McAfee's performance at the antimalware level alone is what places it among the top 10 products in our review. However, it goes beyond basics by also protecting you from sites known to phish.
Pros: McAfee Internet Security includes effective parental controls as well as privacy and PC optimization tools.
Cons: In spite of its excellent usability and good protection this internet security suite is not the best at repairing computers already lousy with malware.
Conclusion: With its smart firewall, effective malware blocking, and accurate spam filter, McAfee Internet Security 2014 can be a good security suite choice. Just don't rely on it for parental control.
Pros: CleanBoot rescue CD solved many installation problems. Very good score in our hands-on malware blocking test. SiteAdvisor toolbar identifies and blocks dangerous websites. Smart firewall won't hassle you. Accurate spam filter can even process webmail. Mozy-powered backup. Shredder, remote management, vulnerability scanner, system tuneup.
Cons: So-so score in our hands-on malware cleanup test. Antispam processing noticeably slowed email download. Parental control system is limited and awkward.
Summary: McAfee offers decent protection and a user-friendly interface, but overall it's just average - nothing about it is too impressive, but it's also not terrible. Its protection, performance, and documentation are mediocre, while its user interface is bland and uninspiring (though easy to navigate and understand). It's not a bad program, but there are better security suites out there.
Summary: Should you buy McAfee Internet Security 2012? Although it didn't do terribly compared to its rivals, and although it offers some things to like, we find it difficult to give this package a recommendation considering its low ranking. But if McAfee can smooth out some of the rough spots, the suite may be worth watching.
Summary: It's a hard sell to tell someone who has had no problems and expects none to pony up hard-earned cash for a product that seems unnecessary. But I find the prophylactic effects of McAfee Internet Security aren't as interesting as the amount of information and control the software provides over the routine function of your system and network connections.
McAfee protects your Mac without affecting performance
25 November 2011
Excerpt: (1 items) Mac OS X users are notably resistant to the ploys of anti-virus, anti-malware, and security-monitoring software offered for our platform. “What—me worry?” could be our motto, as well as, “Not paying for that!” Over the long haul, that attitude has served us well, but the nature and diversity of risks has increased, and is likely to get worse.
Excerpt: Like Norton, McAfee’s struggling to overcome an unflattering reputation among the tech-literate in hopes of expanding its user base beyond the OEM crowd, and last year’s completely retooled version went a long way toward that goal. Not much has changed in the 2011 version. It’s still easy to navigate, comparatively light on resources (versus pre-2010 versions), and malware detection is still a mixed bag.
Pros: Uncluttered UI; configuring the firewall is a breeze.
Cons: Over-reliance on virus signatures leaves you vulnerable to zero-day threats.
Excerpt: When McAfee told us it completely re-engineered its security suite from top to bottom, we agreed to include it in this roundup knowing full well we had probably been duped like the guy who drives off the used-car lot without a warranty. We were wrong. To our eyes, this is a completely revamped McAfee. MIS 2010 rolls off the lot with a much-improved UI over previous versions, and manages to balance ease of use with a high level of customization.
Pros: Reduces scan time by creating a list of files it can safely skip. 1GB online backup space. Customizable UI.
Cons: It allowed a malicious file to write a registry entry.
Conclusion: McAfee Internet Security 2013 includes just about every feature you might imagine in a security suite. Its SiteAdvisor technology earned a new high score in phishing detection, but its antivirus protection is just average. Effectiveness of the other components also varies.
Pros: Best-yet scores in phishing detection. SiteAdvisor toolbar marks dangerous links in search results and social pages. Includes PC cleanup, vulnerability scan, secure deletion. Spam filter handles POP3, IMAP, Exchange, even Web-based email. Parental control filters HTTPS sites. Mozy-powered online backup.
Cons: Difficult install on infested test systems. So-so malware removal in PCMag's and independent tests. Limited parental control can't handle Administrator accounts. Surprising impact on system performance.
Conclusion: McAfee Internet Security combines an excellent antivirus tool with a good firewall and so-so antispam module. Unless you've already chosen one or more standalone utilities from McAfee, we'd recommend Norton Internet Security 2005 instead.
Pros: Excellent antivirus features. Firewall traces intrusions on a world map. Parental control can limit each user's access times.
Cons: Firewall won't protect against "leak test" attacks, antispam accuracy is still not great. Parental-control accounts are separate from Windows log on.