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Ratings
 
Price/Value
8.5/10
Protection
8/10
Repair
8/10
User Interface
7.5/10
Technical Support
9/10
Software Updates
8/10
Features
9/10
83%
Overall Score

Founded in 1987, McAfee’s mission has been one thing and one thing only - to help their customers stay safe. With over 25 years in the business, the McAfee name is instantly recognized as one of the top antivirus companies in the world. McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 offers the trusted technology users have come to expect and more. In addition to the anti-virus, protection from Trojans, spyware, rootkits and other malware, users will have the extra protection of a two-way firewall to block out hackers and prevent malicious software from entering your computer.

While some antivirus programs call for less in terms of processing power, McAfee is taking the realistic route and recommending 2GB of RAM - not much of an ask for most computers now, but this just ensures you won’t feel the product working.

Price/Value

At $34.99 for protection of 1 computer for 1 year, the price comes in around the same range as most antivirus products. The “Plus” features offered in the software make the price a much better value. A two way firewall blocks hackers from getting your personal information, web browsing protection ensures you don’t click on any malicious links, and free technical support can help if you run into any issues.

Protection

With McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014, users can expect the standard protection against viruses, Trojans, spyware and rootkits, but also get the added protection of a two-way firewall and McAfee SiteAdvisor web browsing protection. With SiteAdvisor, users will be alerted if the website they’re about to visit is dangerous - red, yellow and green safety ratings show whether a site is dangerous or safe to visit.

McAfee’s advanced scanning engine minimizes the performance impact on users’ computers during a full system scan.

Repair

Users can rest assured knowing viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits and all other online threats will be blocked from their computer. If an item is found, users can view the details from the scan to find more information. If an item has been quarantined, the suspect item can be deleted, restored, or sent to McAfee for analysis. We did find that the program is exceptional at blocking malware from entering a computer, it is however less able than some of its competitors at removing the malware completely.

User Interface

The interface for McAfee anti virus is simple and easy to use. While some aspects of it can be misleading, such as the link to the “Backup” section which is only offered in the upgraded version. Overall, the interface is easy to navigate and access to advanced features are easily accessible for those who want to customize their protection.

Technical Support

McAfee provides a number of outlets for technical support. Users can access their free 24/7 support via online chat, FAQ database, and phone. Another handy feature McAfee offers is their Virtual Technician. Users can install this software on their machine and it will diagnose problems. The program also walks users through the process so they know what is happening. For problems it can’t fix, it makes notes so users are able to give more detail to their phone or online chat representative.

Software Updates

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 keeps itself up to date easily and efficiently. The antivirus definitions are automatically updated often enough users can be confident they are protected at all times. While users can schedule updates to run when their computer has a lot of resources free, the antivirus software is intelligent enough to not run updates if the user needs resources for other functions.

Features

Unlike many other anti virus products, McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 includes some unique features more often seen in a security suite. The “My Home Network” feature allows users to see which devices are connected to their network. This feature gives users the peace of mind that information they send over private and public networks won’t be seen by unwanted eyes.

A built-in two-way firewall - usually seen with Internet Security programs - shuts out hackers and prevents malicious software from stealing sensitive information.

Running the Windows Vulnerability Scanner will find vulnerabilities in Windows and applications, patch them and keep users safe from programs that seek out weaknesses in applications.

McAfee’s QuickClean software deletes unnecessary files to speed up the users PC and ensure their computer is running at it’s optimal performance.

Also included is the McAfee Shredder, which allows users to securely destroy sensitive files like tax documents.


Final Verdict

Overall, McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 provides users with an excellent product for blocking viruses, Trojans, rootkits, bots and other online threats. While the program’s ability to remove these threats may not be as strong as what we would come to expect for McAfee, the preventative measures are worth the cost. With features like a two-way firewall and network intrusion security, users will get added protection more commonly seen in a security suite than just anti virus software.