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Mcafee have been out and about now for years, the package it's self is a very good one compared to most of the market. However although it does it's job, its very expensive compared to the mass of other packages available on the market and slows your machine down that much that you have to consider ditching it. I think that the virus scan is one of the best for definition updates as some dont bother updating quite as often as mcafee, they are also working on constantly improving their scanning. The spyware scan I wouldnt really recommend installing though as there is others out there that are not quite so memory intensive and are free e.g adware se. The firewall software can be a pain as it can cause so many problems if set incorrectly, to which if you have a hub you really dont need as its built in as standard.
As a long time user of ZoneAlarm I was reluctant to try anything else as I had never had any problems with ZoneAlarm until Vista came along and then the clashes started. So, having had McAfee Virus Scan Plus 2008 recommended to me I decided to give it a try and I am fairly happy that I did.
The package is reasonably priced for what it is and the whole installation process is easy to follow and complete, even for complete beginners. The whole set up takes a matter of 5 - 10 minutes, not including the first full system scan and you feel like you are up and running securely after just 1 reboot.
Once installed and you are set up, you are presented with a nicely designed and laid out Security Center hub where you can access and configure everything about your product. There are lots of advanced features for network users that I cannot comment on because I have had no need to use them. What I can tell you is that for the simple home computer, connected to the internet, this product is simple to use and very secure. I, touch wood, have had no viruses or spyware on my PC since the installation.
Features in this hub include the regular online update, the full or fast scan, McAfee virtual technician, your account, network management, maintain computer and the ability to lockdown your computer in case of emergency. These are to name but a few.
The package comes with a neat email scanner too to block any suspicious emails from hitting your inbox. There can be nothing worse than securing your internet connection only for the malware to come in via email instead.
There is a downside to the program though and that is the draining effect it has on the speed of your computer when performing any kind of update or scan. This is not a problem if you plan them for when you won't need to be sat at your PC, but can be an issue if this is not possible.
Mcafee Virusscan Plus 2008 is a good improvement on earlier versions of the product.It continues to use "the bootstrap method" of downloading code to your pc and then installing it module by module.The security centre is the first thing that is downloaded and modules are added to it depending on what you have purchased.
Uninstall is only via the control panel but unlike norton that leaves files and registry entries scattered everywhere it was a nice surprise that after uninstalling and a reboot the suite left no evidence of it ever having been there which is a great improvement on earlier versions.
The interface is crisp and well laid out, offering basic or advanced tools.
The single use of integrating all its products into the one security suite panel is intuitive and the whole suite seems more integrated.
The overall performance of this product is about somewhere in the middle-not the best, but by no means the worse.
One gripe is that in the integrated security suite you may not have purchased (or wanted) some of the extra security options available like parental control for example, but the centre will list it as "needing attention" which can be annoying and make you feel as though you are not completely protected.
For the purpose of protecting your pc, then McAfee will certainly do that, but for the discerning user who demands the highest and best protection available then I suggest that you look elsewhere.
First excuse me for writing a lengthy review, but there are a lot of ground to cover. For those who like the short version, with less information is here: Norton slowed my DSL connection by a third party. I spent a day with Verizon, could not understand why all my other machines on the network received 756k, which has a maximum of only 4 or 500. Norton removed, and bingo, instant 756k. AVG Free Edition is beautiful but has a lot of time to start, while updates on every boot, unless you disable this option, then sends your Outlook e-mail with a message that your antivirus is not to date, and this message could be dangerous or something. Zone Alarm used to be the best, now on the verge of the worst. My Windows 2000 went after a blue screen update, took me 2 days to discover that the problem was, so it removed after discovering the problem in a forum, and it solves. ZA after also recommend to my friend, would not work at all on a Windows XP Media Center machine. Ask ZA and say they no longer count on the Media Center. 50 U.S. dollars down the drain. Now, take my regular XP SP2 edition and more than 5 minutes to start with Zone Alarm Security Suite, and I am referring to more than 5 minutes, is ridiculous. I removed the burden of McAfee Virus Scan (MVS), and the machine immediately shot just 2 minutes and 15 seconds to the point that I was able to take a page from Google. Therefore, the MVS load and start the machine in just 2 minutes and 45 seconds, once again a page from Google that appear. In both cases, I clicked on an icon Google Desktop as soon as it appeared, and then wait for the results. It clicks, is dark blue, and wait while the burden, including MVS before allowing a page to appear. Thus, MVS took only 30 seconds burden, and in accordance with Scotty in the WinPatrol watchdog, the burden on 7. Exe. Therefore, it is fast. Now, it is with a machine that is loaded with a ton of programs.
A really good product. McAfee excels in the antivirus market. This product offers six in one solution, not only will it look after the PC's security needs. It will do things like defrag your hard disk. Which is required I do it once every three months to keep the hard disk in tip top shape.
This product has features that you won't find with Norton.
Some of the ones I like. No more messages from security management when I am playing full screen movies or videos.
Also this product checks Yahoo messenger and similar product from others like AOL. Norton doesn't do this.
Also there is a virtual assistant, this comes in the shape of a download. Install this and you will find it looks after the McAfee software installed on the system.
I recommend this product over Norton because it has features which Norton doesn't support. The interface is not that good. Norton wins that.
Also with this product user can buy or have more than one licence.
McAfee lacks in providing decent technical support. This could become an issue if the pc or laptop is messed up but in majority installs I don't see this as a problem and there is a virtuall assistant to take care of things.
Installation of the product is easy. Download and most of it is done by clicking on buttons and following the procedure which is easy peasy.
Overall a product packed with features and better than Norton.
Updates are not hourly but I can live with this.