Expert McAfee Review 2018

Overview

As one of the leading antivirus software providers on the market, you’d be hard pressed to find a better solution than McAfee. In addition to its comprehensive antivirus, McAfee also offers a selection of scans, system tune-ups , encryption and a firewall to keep your computer running at its best. McAfee is a complete security package that goes beyond basic virus protection.

In fact, McAfee has been rated favorably by almost all the independent labs including CSA Labs and West Cost Labs. Additionally, McAfee was awarded platinum certification by West Coast Labs. And when it comes to file-detection, this antivirus software was awarded Advanced+, the highest rating, by AV-Comparatives.

Compatibility

McAfee works well on both PC and Mac. The software also provides effective mobile protection and can be used on a range of both Android and iOS devices including mobile phones and tablets. What’s great about McAfee is that you have the option to purchase either a package for your specific operating system or one that works across all devices.

Spyware, Malware & Ransomware Scans

Detecting and removing malware, spyware, and Ransomware is no simple task. Very few anti-virus solutions are able to remove all infestations. However, McAfee manages this impressively well. In tests run by PC Magazine, McAfee was found to have an approximately 75 percent detection rate, and was able to remove almost all threats found. Furthermore, McAfee really stands out when it comes to malware blocking. McAfee is able to block possible threats on multiple levels by blocking malicious websites or detecting them before you even click on a link. McAfee, on average, has a 92 percent success rate when it comes to blocking malware and spyware, while its Threat Intelligence Exchange swiftly detects Ransomware and eliminates it. 

Email Scans

McAfee offers a comprehensive email scanning solution. This includes thorough inbound protection for blocking spam and other malicious incoming email. You can rest assured that with McAfee, your email will be protected from phishing, viruses, spam surges and DoS attacks. In fact, the service has over 99 percent accuracy. But with McAfee it doesn’t stop there. This email solution also offers email encryption to prevent data loss. A quality service, if you’re looking to keep your email safe look no further than McAfee.

Download Protection

Every file you download will automatically be scanned beforehand keeping your computer safe and virus-free. Depending on the protection level you set, McAfee will either stop a download or ask for your permission to continue with the download. This pertains to websites you visit as well. When you perform a Google search, for example, McAfee scans and rates every site so you know whether or not to click on a link. This even works on social media sites, ensuring you never click on malicious links or download harmful content.

 
Real-time Scanning

It goes without saying that running an antivirus in the background impacts the running of your computer. The good news is that on average McAfee slows a computer by 1 second. This is a vast improvement from most other anti-virus software which tends to slow a computer’s processing by 3 seconds. Furthermore, McAfee uses about 22 MB on a 2 GB computer. You’re unlikely to notice that McAfee is there, working away quietly in the background.

Privacy Policy

McAfee clearly states in its privacy policy that while it does collect user data, it keeps this to a minimum. It also only collects data that can be used to improve the overall user experience and to ensure the software provides the best protection possible. It’s important to keep in mind that McAfee collects a combination of personal and non-personal information, all of which is securely stored. However, this is the only information that’s obtained during using McAfee software.

 
Customer Support

The customer support offered by McAfee is thorough, efficient and very reliable. In addition to a thorough knowledge base which offers advice and lets users ask questions, there’s the option to contact customer support via chat, email or phone. The knowledge base is conveniently organized into Technical Support, Customer Service and McAfee TechMaster. Each of these support categories consists of the most commonly asked questions and also includes some handy video tutorials.

 
AntiVirus PlusMcAfee Internet Security 2016McAfee Total ProtectionMcAfee LiveSafe
Price per year £24.50 £28.98 £34.40 £89.99
Devices Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 1
License duration 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Anti-spam
Anti-spyware
Anti-adware
Anti-malware
Real-time protection
Email protection
Firewall
Wi-Fi protection
Parental control
Identity protection
Supports Mac

Video Review

Joe Schwartz | Antivirus UK Editor

Our chief content editor, Joe manages a diverse team of content writers. He holds a degree in online communications and his writing has been featured in a wide range of online publications.

Pros
  • Doesn't affect performance
  • Accurate spam filter
  • Intuitive interface
Cons
  • Can impact performance
  • Sporadic pop-ups
Bottom Line
McAfee’s antivirus and internet security solution is highly recommended for its malware detection and removal rates.
Compatibility
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, MAC OS x, iOS, Android
Top 5
1
9.8
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9.1
3
8.7
4
8.4
5
6.9

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