Excerpt: As the second-best selling security software in the country (behind Symantec), McAfee is a well-established brand when it comes to keeping your PC secure from viruses, malware, and, let’s face it, reckless Web surfing habits. But compared to the competition, McAfee’s security suite, Total Protection 2009, is a bit rough around the edges: its interface isn’t as palatable, users suffer more pop-ups, and its utilities and parental controls aren’t as detailed.
Excerpt: McAfee Total Protection 2010, the latest security software from McAfee, promises to improve on some of its shortcomings in previous years. The new user interface hopes to give Total Protection a new, refreshed look and the removal of a few less-used features and a few tweaks here and there, really give this security suite a push in the right direction.
Conclusion: I've never seen a security suite with as many distinct security tools. Antivirus is stellar and antispam good, but many other tools are flawed. Wait for the next version. If you're already a McAfee security subscriber, continue allowing automatic updates, but until things improve, consider ignoring alerts to install the latest version.
Pros: Powerful antivirus. Good accuracy in spam protection. Simple design makes it easy to access huge set of features. Most features configured for full protection right out of the box.
Cons: Antispyware wrecked some test systems. Design problems in antispyware. URL logging endangers privacy. Slows system performance.
Conclusion: McAfee's latest suite has improved malware detection, and its spam filter is much improved. But most of its overabundance of features haven't changed at all; its UI is sluggish; and it saps system performance.
Pros: Powerful malware blocking. Effective malware removal. Accurate spam filtering. Network intrusion detection. Remote monitoring and management. Research-based site ratings. Local backup. System cleanup.
Cons: Unresponsive user interface. Saps system performance. Limited and porous firewall. Ineffective parental/privacy control. Difficult installation on malware-infested systems. Malware removal disabled connectivity.
Conclusion: McAfee Total Protection 2008 definitely has more features than any of its competition, but essential features like firewall and antispyware don't measure up to the best. If you like the many bonus features go ahead and use the suite; me, I prefer a stronger focus on the essentials.
Pros: Effective at keeping out malware. Remote monitoring and repair over network. SiteAdvisor identifies safe sites and links. Good antispam accuracy. Includes easy backup/restore.
Cons: Firewall's default settings are too trusting. Only fair at cleaning out malware. Parental control easily avoided. Porn image blocking is erratic. Many "bonus features" only marginally useful.
Conclusion: Compared with McAfee's antivirus, the McAfee suite adds accurate spam filtering, ineffective parental control, an encrypted file "vault", and enhancements to several existing features. McAfee fans who want all of those additions may choose it; others will go for the feature-packed antivirus or for a suite like Norton that's consistently high-performing.
Pros: Scored well in malware blocking tests. Network management adds intrusion detection. SiteAdvisor Plus protects from phishing and malicious sites. Very good spam filtering. Low impact on performance. Offers tune-up, secure deletion, encrypted file "vault".
Cons: Malware balked one installation in testing. Simplistic firewall. Rudimentary parental control is not browser-independent. In testing, did not remove all detected malware.
Conclusion: The latest McAfee suite has a brand-new user-friendly interface and a much smaller impact on performance than its predecessor. It's better in almost every area, though parental control is still weak. What it needs now is a bulletproof installer and even better malware cleanup.
Pros: Pleasant, streamlined interface. Network map with intruder alert, remote repair. Fast, accurate antispam. SiteAdvisor toolbar includes very good phishing protection. Very good malware blocking. Small performance impact. Online backup from Mozy.
Cons: Serious problems installing on malware-infested systems. Limited parental control system is not browser-independent.
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