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.
Excerpt: The security basics are very strong in McAfee Total Protection 2009, but the program is anything but transparent to use, and it lacks many of the refinements and user-configurable options we’ve come to expect from world-class security software.
Pros: Excellent malware protection, Strong antispam and firewall user options, Shareware trial
Cons: Slow installation and virus scanning, Installation problems, Frustrating interface, Misses many common user options, Complains endlessly if you opt for partial protection, Plenty of false positives, Doesn’t learn behavior from your choices