Mcafee Antivirus Plus 2012
McAfee Antivirus Plus is often described by experts in just one word ? competent. This rather restrained description is because even though McAfee is renowned for its computer security systems, McAfee Antivirus Plus is downright competent when compared to the best selling antivirus software. However, any product from McAfee certainly cannot be written off and the same is true with it. It does have its redeeming features and brings improved effectiveness and usability as compared to the company?s previous products.
It comes with the McAfee Active Protection technology. This enables your system to detect and block threats almost simultaneously with their emergence, thus eliminating gaps in protection. The spyware scanning is also quick ensuring minimal interruptions during work or play. The package also comes equipped with a scheduler and the Idle Timer. As a result, interruptions are further reduced as your system is scanned when it is idle. These features enable to give the user a distinctly pleasant computing experience.
- Phishing Protection - It will allow you to browse through various sites without worrying because it comes equipped with the McAfee Site Adviser. Thus you become aware of malware threats even before you click on a link or site. If you are accessing sites through search engines, then the McAfee Site Adviser will provide you with safety ratings right next to your search results. These safety ratings are available with 22 popular search engines. It also has a very advanced Anti Phishing system in place, whereby you are instantly alerted if there are websites trying to get your personal or financial information.
- Cleanup Utilities - The antivirus comes with solid McAfee advantages like McAfee Quick Clean, McAfee Shredder and Disk Defragmenter. The Quick Clean clears up your PC junk. Your personal safety is enhanced with the shredder that will ensure that there is no trace of any sensitive information that you want to destroy. The defragmenter will help consolidation of your scattered files and folders.
- Interruption - One of the solid features of the McAfee Antivirus Plus is that the company has delivered on its promise of fewer interruptions to users. This has been done with the introduction of the Idle Timer. The Idle Timer scans and updates when the computer is in idle mode and stops operations as soon as you resume working. Its introduction has improved the overall efficiency and performance of the product. It also makes it easy for you to access the protection provided to your computer. The McAfee home screen provides all the relevant data at a glance. This includes monitoring the threats that have been blocked as well as checking the status of your protection.
McAfee products have always been featured in top product lists and here are some of the awards and certifications given to their software. McAfee technology has received certification for virus detection and removal from both ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs. The company has also received the VB 100% award by Virus Bulletin in nine out of ten attempts. McAfee received the highest advanced rating in the latest on-demand test done by AV-Comparitives.org, but received only a standard rating in the proactive test. A test conducted by Av-Test.org gave McAfee ratings of 2, 3.5 and 5 out of 6 for repair of a malware infested system, usability and protection respectively.
The user interface has simple navigation tools and all they key elements of the software can be accessed from the main console, bringing down the need for excessive navigation. Information of any kind, including threats, is provided by a color coded banner. The banner warns you in case you need to address any issues, so that you don?t miss out of the status of your computer. As stated earlier, the software is unobtrusive with fewer interruptions as any notifications that you think are unnecessary can be turned off. The software otherwise works in the background while monitoring your computer in real time. The Idle Timer is a feature that scans the system when the computer is not being used. This can help you save your laptop battery life by a large margin, as the Idle Timer will stall the scans when you start using the system again. You can schedule the scans according to your preferences through this feature.
Quick and easy to set up, the McAfee Antivirus Plus is easy to install. It also detects and eliminates threats during the installation process. As a result, you are unlikely to face an unsuccessful installation due to malware that is already present in your computer. The updates are definitely not a cause for worry. You get constant updates so that your system is protected from the latest threats. In addition, the updates are introduced in a manner to ensure that they do not inconvenience you.
The McAfee Help and Support system includes personal assistance at specific outlets, online support centre and support through online chat, E-mail and phone. They have a Virtual Technician, a program that checks your computer and walks you through a repair process, but we found people had experienced quirks when dealing with their support.
- Pros - Good features like Idle timer & Site Advisor. Has a robust anti-phishing mechanism.
- Cons - Simplistic firewall poses few problems. Often flags safe files, thus resulting in false positives.
Bottomline -Decent Performer. Lacks few protection feature but it is ideal For Novice Users.
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