Conclusion: In addition to all the features found in McAfee Internet Security 2014, McAfee Total Protection 2014 adds file encryption, an enhanced network map, and an upgrade to SiteAdvisor LIVE. You'll have to decide whether those features merit the slightly higher price.
Pros: File Lock vault encrypts sensitive files. Very good score in malware blocking test. SiteAdvisor LIVE toolbar. Smart firewall won't hassle you. Accurate spam filter. Mozy-powered backup. Shredder, remote management with intruder blocking, 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.
Excerpt: In addition to all the features found in McAfee Internet Security 2014, McAfee Total Protection 2014 adds file encryption, an enhanced network map, and an upgrade to SiteAdvisor LIVE. You’ll have to decide whether those features merit the slightly higher price.
Pros: File Lock vault encrypts sensitive files, Very good score in malware blocking test, SiteAdvisor LIVE toolbar, Smart firewall won’t hassle you, Accurate spam filter, Mozy-powered backup, Shredder, remote management with intruder blocking, 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: People who know their way around their computer and don't require the simplest interface are likely the same people who will appreciate McAfee Total Protection 2010's low performance impact and speed. However, we're not enamored with its poor performance among third-party testing services. Plus, the UI isn't particularly attractive, and its parental controls are relatively weak.
Pros: Low performance impact, Detailed settings to ensure that backups are either fast or unobtrusive, PC tune-up shortens PC boot time
Cons: Not our favorite user interface, Parental controls less feature-rich than competing products'
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.
Summary: As is, McAfee’s Total Protection 2009 suite doesn’t measure up to the competition when it comes to usability, performance impact, and a comprehensive selection of parental controls. But at $39.99, it’s cheap—almost half the price of its competitors—and users are guaranteed to get new features for free, which will address most of the reservations we have. If you’re on a budget and have faith in McAfee’s future updates, Total Protection 2009 is worth a look.
Pros: Inexpensive, Tune-up tools speed up your PCs boot time, Cleaner interface and new features will be pushed to current users in January, ,
Cons: Unattractive user interface, Relatively short list of utilities, Annoying pop-ups, Long installation, ,
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 Total Protection 2013 includes every feature found in McAfee Internet Security 2013, plus some bonuses that would cost quite a bit more if purchased separately. Its SiteAdvisor Live toolbar is a definite cut above the basic SiteAdvisor. At just $10 more, it's definitely a better deal than the mid-range suite.
Pros: File Lock encryption protects sensitive files. Network map can mark known intruders. Best phishing detection. SiteAdvisor Live marks dangerous links in search results and social pages. Secure sharing and shortening of links. Spam filter handles all email types. Parental control handles HTTPS. 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 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: McAfee Total Protection 2012 offers a huge array of security-relevant features, among them file encryption, shredding, intruder detection, and more. Its spam filter is accurate and parental control is much improved. However, its essential antivirus protection doesn't measure up to the very best.
Pros: Firewall minimizes popups, blocks access to dangerous sites. SiteAdvisor Live creates safe links for sharing. Very accurate spam filtering. Network intrusion alerts. Improved parental control. File encryption.
Cons: Poor malware removal, especially rootkits. Average malware blocking. Poor scores in dynamic tests by independent antivirus labs.