McAfee Review

article by Arya A. author March 23, 2017
our score
McAfee is one of the most well-established and respected names in antivirus protection. Their antivirus products are highly popular for those looking to complement and improve upon the basic protection that comes with standard operating systems.
pros
  • Inexpensive option to protect all your devices
  • Malware, adware and ransomware protection included
  • File shredder included
  • Simple interface. Perfect for beginners.
  • Firewall included
cons
  • Phone tech support is expensive
  • Support lacking for Mac and iOS
  • No support for Windows Vista
McAfee Antivirus is a solid option for users looking to protect their PC from viruses and other online threats. It is reasonably priced and great for beginners.
Arya A., author
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Setup Setup

Installation is quick and easy as long as you have the proper PC setup. Windows users must have at least Windows 7, 2 GB of RAM and at least 500 MBs available on their hard drives. Support is also available for Mac, Linux Ubuntu and both Android and iOS devices.

To install your product, you will need to register for an account on McAfee’s website. After doing so, you can then log in and select the product you want to install from a drop down list. After accepting the License Agreement, you will then be given on-screen instructions on how to install the software.

Detection and Removal Tools Detection and Removal Tools

McAfee offers both detection and removal of a large variety of viruses and software threats to PCs. It does this by comparing your computer files against a comprehensive database of known viruses, as well as a database of known malware, spyware and ransomware programs.

When it detects a virus threat, it will either notify you and ask how you want to proceed or it will delete it automatically depending on its threat level.

If a threat cannot be completely removed, it will be quarantined. In some cases, you can take additional steps immediately to remove it, such as rebooting. In other case,s you will need to download additional programs (for free) from McAfee’s website to remove these more challenging problems.

The vast majority of viruses detected will be removed automatically by the program. Depending on your activities online, chances are you will never have to do more than simply scan your PC to keep it protected.

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection

McAfee Antivirus protects you from a wide variety of viruses as well as spyware, malware and ransomware. The product regularly upgrades to provide you with the most up-to-date protection from viruses. You can also check out their website for the most recent news about the latest viruses and threats to your PC.

The program also constantly monitors your computer to block various spyware, malware and ransomware files from infecting it. It also warns you preemptively when you’re about to surf to a risky website or download suspicious files.

Additional PC Protection Additional PC Protection

McAfee AntiVirus protects you from a wide variety of viruses as well as spyware, malware and ransomware. The product regularly upgrades to provide you with the most up-to-date protection from viruses. You can also check out their website for the most recent news about the latest viruses and threats to your PC.

The program also constantly monitors you computer to block various spyware, malware and ransomware files from infecting your machine. It also warns you when you’re about to surf to a risky website or download suspicious files.

Firewall Protection Firewall Protection

McAfee provides a solid 2-way firewall that operates in “stealth mode” to prevent detection from would-be hackers. It operates in a “Smart Access” mode by default, which means you’re not going to get annoying, overprotective popups for standard everyday activity. This used to be a problem with prior McAfee versions.

We tested this firewall extensively and found it more than capable to handle most any threat a standard PC user will encounter. Note that if you use Windows, you already have a firewall built into your operating system, so while this seems redundant, it is a nice backup in case the Windows firewall fails.

User Interface User Interface

McAfee AntiVirus is super easy to operate. Just launch the program and immediately you’re taken to a home screen with options for Virus and Spyware Protection, Web and Email Protection, McAfee Updates, Your Subscription and more.

To access the option you desire, just click on the button and it will give you options for that section. As an example, if you click on Virus and Spyware Protection, you will be taken to a screen where you can select “Scan Your PC,” “Real-Time Scanning,” or “Scheduled Scans.”

To run a scan, just click on “Scan Your PC,” and the scan will run. You can hide the scan and continue working on your PC if you desire. All options are that simple. If you want to see all options for all sections in one spot, click on the Navigation link on the right-hand side. This will take you to the “Navigation Center” with a full list of options for your product.

McAfee really makes it easy for you to use their product, which makes it perfect for all skill levels.

Pricing Pricing

McAfee offers two primary antivirus programs, McAfee AntiVirus and AntiVirus Plus. They both offer the same type of protection but with AntiVirus Plus, you have the option of protecting all of your PCs and devices for one price.

AntiVirus and AntiVirus plus cost $39.99 and $59.99 per year respectively. A 30-day free trial is available, after which point you must register in order to continue using it.

Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB or with PayPal.

Support

We’re honestly lukewarm on the support from McAfee. First, if you’re on Windows Vista or XP (and refuse to upgrade), you’re completely unsupported. Also, support for Mac and iOS users is somewhat lacking over other programs.

We strongly suggest that you use their online tutorials and help files to resolve as many of the problems you have with this program. McAfee’s online help files are very robust and should be able to solve many of your problems. Their support forums are also quite good and topics are arranged by category. You can also chat with a live support agent during weekdays.

The reason we’re making this suggestion is that their phone support is expensive. Basic virus removal is $89.95 (each time) or you can get a year’s worth of support for $179.95 a year. Yes, you read that correctly.

Bottom Line Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a solid product to protect you from most standard viruses and various PC threats, then McAfee AntiVirus is a good option. For those looking to protect more than one device, AntiVirus Plus is worth the extra $20 bucks. While there might be more robust (and more expensive) options out there, this program will protect your PC without emptying your wallet.