McAfee Antivirus Review

McAfee has one of the most comprehensive internet security suites available. It offers top-quality antivirus as well as numerous features including a password manager, VPN and file shredder at incredibly low prices. It also covers many devices in one subscription.

McAfee's performance is solid, although it can occasionally slow down a PC. In tests by AV Comparatives the scan of 366,872 of the test computer's files took an hour, and used 3.20 percent processor memory. This was a middle. A quick scan was more efficient in that it took 8 minutes to scan the areas where viruses are known to infect, such as registry files and system files.

The company's tech support is excellent, with a community forum that is available 24/7, chat and telephone support, and a massive knowledge base. It also offers a virtual assistance and a tool that assesses the vulnerability of your device. The only drawback is that in order to reach a customer service representative you must fill out an extensive form, which includes your personal details, such as first and last names, phone number, email address, and confirmation of both, as well as a description of the problem.

McAfee's insistence on separating its features into different applications is a bit annoying. The Mac app, for instance is not able to search and only redirects you to the website. This makes it much more difficult to navigate the parental controls and the protections against identity theft than competitors' total packages.

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