A Comparison of McAfee AntiVirus, McAfee Security and
McAfee Total 2016
McAfee AntiVirus Products
Real-time Antivirus Protection
Manual Antivirus Scanning
Spyware Protection & Removal
Rootkit Detection & Removal
Process Injection Prevention
Anti-phishing Web Protection
Antispam Email Filter
Social Network Protection
McAfee has been a somewhat controversial product within the antivirus software market.
It's one of the most widely used and recognized brands of malware protection products, but it doesn't perform as well as competitors in rigorous testing.
While McAfee Antivirus does offer stable, and oftentimes secure, overarching protection features, it falls down in certain categories.
McAfee Antivirus software provides reliable real time virus protection, and even includes a built-in software firewall in this the most basic version, which is very rare to find in a basic antivirus package
The most common complaint we hear about McAfee is that it puts a noticeable load on your PCs when running, something we saw on our test PCs, too.
Both McAfee Antivirus Plus 2015 and McAfee Internet Security have virus protection and a two-way firewall, which is all many users are looking for.
Nevertheless, McAfee Internet Security software provides some supplementary features (like antispam).
If you're partial to McAfee would be well served by upgrading to the 2015 internet security program.
Parental controls allow are intended to provide thorough monitoring of all activity on a child's computer.
Users can block by website or make categories of website content inaccessible.
There's also the option to log web surfing times, and if attempts are made to access forbidden sites.
In comparing the Total Security version versus the others, there are a few things that stand out.
We're puzzled why it's not included in the Internet Security version, but it's built into this version.
What else do you get?
Social Network Protection and File Encryption.
McAfee's SiteAdvisor technology red, yellow and green icons to show if links from your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc., are safe.
It also lets you share shortened links with them and monitors them to ensure they're safe. If one is compromised, it's blocked.
Lastly is File Lock, McAfee's file encryption system.
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