One of the top brands in the antivirus market since it’s inception, McAfee Antivirus (named after the company founded by the product’s famed creator John McAfee, who resigned from the company in 1994) quickly rose to heights in the late 90’s as the most proficient antivirus software available. Now owned by Intel Security Group (purchased in 2010 for a cool $7.68 billion), the McAfee antivirus products are still a powerhouse in the market, banking on almost 30 years of experience offering PC protection products. Now a 30 strong arsenal of products, McAfee have a lot to offer in the cyber protection world, from protecting your mobile phone to safeguarding large organization server bases, but what can they do for you in protecting your computer, and are they worth trying?Visit McAfee
McAfee’s base antivirus product, ‘McAfee Total Protection’, has a $49.99 / year price tag and a slew of awards advocating their product, which is a great indicator of good value for money. This initial assumption is supported by a strong feature set, offering much more than just removal of different types of malware. The base product seems to be a culmination of a number of other products in the McAfee range, pulling features from many different security solutions they offer in other packages. The icing on the cake is the ability to ‘Protect every device you own with the same subscription at no extra cost’. This looks past what other antivirus companies offer as ‘multiple licenses’ and we think it is a great addition to the service. Overall, McAfee proves itself to be well worth the $50 price tag.
As mentioned in the features section, McAfee antivirus software is generally very reliable and, in the most recent test, above industry standard. According to usage tests, it’s the same story for the product’s usability… With no false detection's of legitimate software as malware, McAfee antivirus is miles ahead of the industry average (5, out of a possible 1,328,235). This makes for a great user experience and a refreshing lack of mistaken flagging up of harmless software which is all too common in antivirus products. The user interface of the product is very simple and easy to navigate, unlike other antivirus software with good feature sets.
If you need support it is relatively easy to get, you can choose between chat support, email support and phone support, all available around the clock. During a period of high volume, we only had to wait 2 minutes to connect with a representative at McAfee via chat support, so we can vouch for their availability. Their support avenues aren’t just good for helping with the product, they are also a great way to brush up on your linguistics as they offer phone support in 10 different countries and 5 different languages, as well as chat support in over 20 languages.
McAfee is filled with great features, from safely storing passwords to permanent deletion of sensitive files. The product feels and acts like McAfee haven’t skipped corners on features protecting the user from online threats, they even go as far as building in a feature which prevents you from spreading malware and SPAM. In terms of the basic functionality, McAfee antivirus products continue to score well with comparative organizations. In a recent test from AVTEST (a respected organization in the antivirus market), the latest McAfee product picked up 98.1% of new malware samples and 99.9% of the existing malware samples. (Industry average of 97% and 99% respectively)