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Basic coverage in a usable, affordable package

  • Dec 16, 2009
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The anti-virus market is in an uproar. Microsoft has been entering the arena with some success over the past several years and it is possible that future versions of Windows will have full-featured anti-virus and spyware detection built-in or freely available. Other publishers, like AVG, offer free anti-virus programs and still others offer spyware detection software free.

Norton and McAfee are the largest commercial anti-virus vendors. Norton has been losing market share and reputation as its consumer and small business offerings have grown bloated, buggy and demanding of resources. McAfee went somewhat the same way, but not as bloated. Instead McAffee relentlessly pounds you with pop-up ads until you find the magic spot to turn them off.

This is the basic McAfee anti-virus package. For a package that covers three computers for a year, it is well priced. Like Norton and offers, McAfee makes it money from subscriptions, so watch out after your first year. It is often less expensive to buy a new package off the shelf, rather than renew.

Installation is smooth, though it is highly recommended that you first turn off your firewall and remove the existing anti-virus install.

Operation is much as what you expect. When McAfee is running, if you don't allocate resources, it will use all of your CPU's power and slow things down. Schedule your anti-virus scans for the middle of the night and leave your computer on. That way you won't be bothered.

Remember, that most home networks are protected from viruses by your ISP. Most viruses and other malware are spread because of consumer ignorance (i.ee., opening attachments from strangers or friends running without anti-virus protection) or from malicious websites, downloads and so on. The anti-virus protection on your home computer should be viewed as a last line of defense.

This McAfee package provides the basic protection you need. It does a good job, though you can get much the same protection from free offerings.

Jerry

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McAfee AntiVirus Plus software offers essential PC security with accelerated performance and helps keep you safe online. It's now available with revolutionary Active Protection technology, enabling the fastest updates and highest levels of detection against malicious threats. It provides Anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing and two-way firewall protection. McAfee AntiVirus Plus software also features McAfee SiteAdvisor technology, a powerful website safety advisor that uses simple color codes to identify risky websites so you can safely surf the Web and transact online. With continuous and automatic updates, McAfee helps ensure that you are running the most current security to combat the ever-evolving Internet threats.

Essential, award-winning PC protection for carefree computing

McAfee SecurityCenter provides an easy-to-read security status screen and puts you in control with fully customizable options.

When using popular search engines, McAfee SiteAdvisor's safety ratings appear next to your search results. To see more information about the web site, roll your mouse over any SiteAdvisor safety rating.

Anti-virus/anti-spyware
Detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, and adware.

Anti-phishing
Alerts you to websites that may try to steal your identity.

Two-way firewall protection
Confidently use the Internet 24/7 knowing hackers can't get access to your PCs.

Website safety ratings
Warns you with color-coded ratings about unsafe websites.

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