Reviews and Problems with McAfee Internet Security
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Value for money 9
Ease of use 9
McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006
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Excerpt: McAfee is a trusted name when it comes to some of the best protection that can be offered to pc users. Bringing together a suite of the best known names in protection being VirusScan, Personal Firewall Plus, SpamKiller and Privacy Service, Internet Security Suite will take care of most home user internet protection needs.
Excerpt: Though it includes many strong features, its clumsy interface, control shortcomings, and instability prevent McAfee Internet Security 4.0 from earning our wholehearted endorsement. In addition to McAfee Firewall 3.0, this suite includes McAfee VirusScan 6, parental filtering, ad blocking, a shredder, and several privacy tools, such as a cookie blocker. McAfee focuses on ease of use and a simple, streamlined process for the first-timer.
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.
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.
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. McAfee Internet Security for Mac 2013 ($79.99, direct) offers a full security suite of protection for your Mac. McAfee's antivirus component actually protects against Trojans, spyware, adware, worms, and all types of malicious software.
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. If you're using any of the standalone modules, consider moving up to the full suite.
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.