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'
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, ,