McAfee was a major player in the 90's, but after years of bad reviews and poor service, we needed to know if it was back on track. To my surprise, McAfee has become an excellent antivirus and security tool that protects all your devices and computers with a single license. The company offers malware protection, network security, and even an online advisor that protects you when you're surfing the Internet. You can even improve the performance of your PC with the company's excellent optimization tools.
McAfee is one of the oldest and best-known names in cyber security, and it has had its ups and downs. Today, the company offers powerful antivirus software that protects you online and prevents malware from accessing your computer and other devices.
In addition, McAfee has outstanding features that protect you when you go online, including web security, social media protection, anti-spam and even parental controls. I was pleased to see that McAfee has received excellent test results from leading testing labs. With its great tools and excellent protection, McAfee is ideal if you're looking for affordable online security.
I was impressed with the security features and performance of McAfee, which ranks among the top companies in my tests. The company's antivirus constantly adds new information about malware and other attacks through its massive network of millions of users. When you run a scan, McAfee's antivirus checks all your files and folders like most of its competitors, but it also checks for suspicious behavior such as files moving by themselves, programs running automatically, etc. If it finds something suspicious, it compares it to its "reputation indicators" to make sure it's safe. If McAfee detects potential malware, it sends it to the web for analysis by the experts at the company's threat center.
Keep your home network secure
If you're constantly surfing the web, you'll also appreciate McAfee's browser extensions, which you can download for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. I found this tool very well done, as it helped me avoid suspicious links, risky websites, and even prevented malware downloads. I was also impressed with McAfee's Home Network Security, which gives you extra Wi-Fi security, a more powerful firewall, a network manager to administer all your tools, and even 24-hour support in case of an emergency. If you're constantly changing devices at home, you can also download McAfee for iOS and Android.
Protect your children
One of the features that stood out in my tests is the company's Social Media Guard, which monitors your social media activity and protects you from suspicious accounts, identity thieves and other malicious messages that might hide scams or malware. This is an even more useful tool if you have children, as it lets you know that your children are safe and can always surf their favorite social media.
Keep your computer running smoothly
I am generally skeptical of anti-virus programs that claim not to affect the performance of your computer, but McAfee proved me wrong with a program that had little impact on the speed of my computer. More importantly, McAfee's anti-virus tools scored near perfect in tests, which are important measures of the ability of anti-virus programs to defend computers.
Protect your home network
Today, protecting your home network is just as important as protecting your computer, but many antivirus programs do not offer this capability. McAfee does, and I was impressed by their thoroughness. You can control all the tools in your home network directly from the Security Management Console, which allows you to view all the devices you have protected, locate them remotely, and even delete them in an emergency. You can define who has permission to access your network with the Wi-Fi tool, which is useful for preventing suspicious people from accessing your devices. McAfee also includes a powerful firewall that prevents suspicious web traffic from accessing your computer and devices. Finally, the Network Manager allows you to customize your network and decide who can access it, which devices need p
Keep your PC running smoothly
Even though McAfee doesn't have as many features as its competitors in terms of optimizing your PC, it still offers you two great tools. The first is McAfee's QuickClean, which checks every nook and cranny of your computer, right down to your hard drive, to find anything that might slow it down. If it finds corrupted data, temporary files or other problems, it automatically deletes or fixes them to improve your speed and give your PC more space. The second great feature is the Enterprise Vulnerability Scanner. Instead of looking for malware, this scanner checks your computer's defenses for weaknesses. It makes sure your software is up to date, your operating system is working properly, and even repairs programs that are malfunctioning. When I used these two scans, my computer was much faster afterwards.
Keep all your devices covered with smart protection
I usually take points off when antivirus tools don't protect more than one device. While some people still use only one, most of us have multiple devices to protect. When you subscribe to McAfee's Internet Security, you can connect an unlimited number of devices on a single license. That's an incredible value if you're looking to defend your home network and the many devices in your family. Best of all, the company's mobile tools are much more comprehensive than many of its competitors'. McAfee's mobile tools include theft prevention (the iOS app takes a special interest in this), and the Android version also includes tools that can improve your phone's performance, including file protection, battery optimization, and virus scans.
Be safe on social networks :
For better or worse, it seems we can't seem to do without social media these days. For hackers, fraudsters and scammers, it's a gold mine. McAfee gives you the tools to protect yourself even when you visit your favorite social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I was pleased to see that this feature is included in the Antivirus and Internet Security options. This feature scans messages, links and other online interactions for suspicious activity. If it detects something, it prevents you from opening it and sends you back to a safe place. If your kids have their own computers, it can be difficult to protect them all the time. McAfee's social media security lets you know they're safe while you're surfing.
Keep your personal data hidden and secure
If you have subscribed to the Internet Security Plan, you also have access to two features that give you an extra level of online defense. When you're online, threats don't just involve clicking links and downloading malware, but also letting others access your computer. If they do, they can open and steal any of your personal and sensitive files, even if you've put them in the recycling bin. McAfee's Digital Shredder allows you to get rid of your old files for good and make sure they're gone for good. In addition, McAfee gives you a password manager that keeps all your login information safe and in one place, and allows you to access your favorite websites and applications with a single click.
Ease of use
One thing that stood out when I first opened McAfee was the quality of the program's design. You can manage the different aspects of your subscription by clicking on the tabs at the top of the screen or change the settings by clicking on the icon in the top right corner. Otherwise, the main screen is mostly reserved for giving you information about your latest scans and protection status. You can schedule different scans, although I would have liked to see the ability to have more specific checks of individual files and folders. The iOS version of McAfee also has a simple interface that makes it easy to manage the security tasks it offers. Overall, the Android version is also simple to use. If you're looking for a simple, user-friendly solution, McAfee is an excellent selection.
Whichever subscription you choose with McAfee, you are entitled to free 24-hour support. Unlike some antivirus tools that charge you for customer support, I was pleased to see that McAfee's support is available to all of its users. The company's website has several interesting sections that provide you with articles, tutorials, and easy-to-use guides to solve some of the most common problems.
If you need help finding something, you can chat with the company's virtual assistant, an automated chat that finds specific answers for you on the company's website. If you need more personal support, you can call the company. I found that McAfee's support team was able to answer all my questions and helped me with everything from payment issues to installing specific tools. They even helped me remove a virus that I couldn't clean on my own.
It was great to see that McAfee's plans are both affordable and protect multiple devices, which many competitors don't offer. If you purchase the Antivirus subscription, you can install it on a single device and have access to the Windows version of the tool. It's not ideal if you have multiple devices or Mac computers, but it's a great way for Windows users to protect their PCs at an affordable price.
If you're looking for something more in-depth, the Internet Security Tool is also relatively affordable and offers protection tools for multiple operating systems, as well as unlimited device installations. Overall, McAfee's unlimited licenses make it affordable and ideal if you want to enhance the security of your home network across multiple devices.