Reviews and Problems with McAfee Internet Security
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McAfee Internet Security 2011
28 December 2010
Excerpt: Bargain hunters: Be patient and you'll often find McAfee on sale at a deep discount: The company's Internet Security 2011 (regularly $65 for one year, three PCs as of 12/2/2010) is often available for as little as $40, making it by far the cheapest way to secure the PCs you have at home.
Excerpt: Network Associates Technology's McAfee Internet Security 5.0 is a suite of products that contains not only McAfee Firewall 4.0 ($29.99 alone) but also McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 7, the company's antivirus application, and a host of other useful tools, including an ad blocker, parental controls, a...
Conclusion: McAfee Internet Security 2015 includes everything you'd expect from a security suite, and some of the components are quite effective. Others, not so much.
Pros: Very good ratings from independent testing labs. Top score in our malicious URL blocking test. Accurate spam filtering. Can filter spam from webmail accounts. Many useful bonus features.
Cons: Full scan took unusually long in our testing. Firewall services not protected. Rudimentary parental control system. Awkward Internet time scheduling for kids. Some performance impact on file operations.
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 managem...
Cons: So-so score in our hands-on malware cleanup test. Antispam processing noticeably slowed email download. Parental control system is limited and awkward.
Excerpt: As Mac platforms, particularly Macbooks, become more popular the old adage that Macs don't get viruses is slowly losing credibility. With new Mac-targeted hacks and scams being developed all the time, the Apple faithful face nearly as much risk as their PC counterparts.
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 ...
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.
Excerpt: 2012 proved to be a banner year for malware attacks targeting the Mac operating system. Flashback , SabPub , Crisis , and more thoroughly debunked the myth that Macs don't need antivirus protection.
Conclusion: McAfee Internet Security Suite's privacy, antispam, and firewall modules are decent, but they don't shine like the excellent VirusScan module. VirusScan also does a great job blocking PUPs (spyware) and includes features to protect against zero-day attacks.
Pros: Easy to use and well integrated. Antivirus includes zero-day protection features and successfully blocked PUPs (spyware) in testing. Database of known programs reduces firewall pop-ups. Firewall can trace intrusions on world map.
Cons: Antispam can slow POP3 download and isn't the most accurate on the market. No easy access to log of repaired or deleted viruses. Firewall doesn't protect against leak-test techniques.