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Solid Virus Protection

  • Nov 23, 2010
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McAfee has for years been one of the stronger brand names for virus protection, and a lot of educational institutions provide it to their students and faculty for free. However, when it came to home virus protection, it has not always been easy to get a product that will allow users to have it installed on multiple computers. Since multiple computer households are more common these days, this becomes somewhat of a problem, and 'McAfee Total Protection 2010- 3 User' are becoming increasingly useful licensing solutions. At home I am running three different Windows machines - Windows Vista Home Edition Premium, Vista Home Edition Basic and an XP netbook. All of these computers had various older security software suites installed, in addition to Microsoft's own security. The installation of the McAfee Suite was straightforward, but it took a lot of time to accomplish for all of the computers. In particular, it required

1. Removal of all of the previous security software products (except those bundled up with Windows).

2. Several restarts of each of the computers.

I would also have liked if I could have installed the software form one central computer over the network, and not had to physically move the media from one computer to another. This may seem like a small step, but it could have saved some hassle. This is especially true of my netbook - since it doesn't have a CD/DVD ROM, putting all the software packages onto a USB drive was a bit of a hassle.

The backup utility seems to be working fine, but I don't like the fact that is based on the .NET framework. Somehow that doesn't make it seem too robust.

The virus and malware scan worked fine, and detected a few of previously undetected viruses. However, on my old XP machine there are a couple of tracking/adware programs that have been serving me ads for quite some time now and the program has not been able to detect them.

I like the internet browsing warnings that help me decide which websites to visit. The system works with both the Internet Explorer and Firefox.

One thing that I particularly like about McAfee suite is its apparently small footprint - it doesn't seem to be using a lot of computer resources while its quietly running in the background and scanning your computer. I think this is a solid program and well worth the money for the peace of mind that it offers.

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Ultimate, award-winning PC and online security for total peace of mind

With thousands of new viruses created every day, relying on traditional security updates isn't enough anymore. McAfee Total Protection instantly detects and blocks viruses--and stops web threats before they are downloaded to your PC. Reengineered to be faster than ever before, the software's innovative design simplifies your security experience while offering you ultimate protection.

2011 Features and Highlights

Award-winning anti-virus, firewall, spyware, and online protection

Exclusive McAfee Active Protection technology

Unlike the competition, McAfee Active Protection analyzes and blocks new and emerging threats in milliseconds, so you don't have to wait for regular updates to arrive. The result: virtually no gap in your protection.

Anti-virus/anti-spyware

Detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, adware, even rootkits, insidious programs designed to tamper with your PC.

(Improved) Two-way firewall

Enterprise-grade firewall blocks outsiders from hacking into your PC.

Easier to use

McAfee Internet Security 2011 is all about ease of use. The completely redesigned home screen gives you all the information you need at a glance.

Main screen
Home screen with an easy-to-understand security bar and status area.
(New) Home screen

Completely redesigned to streamline your security experience. Easily check the status of your protection, monitor how many threats have been blocked, and manage your security--all from ...

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