McAfee Antivirus Review

McAfee is one of the best internet security suites out there. It offers a top malware scanner as well as many features that include password manager, VPN, and file shredder, all at an extremely reasonable price. It is able to cover a huge number of devices with a single subscription.

McAfee’s performance is solid but it does occasionally slow down a PC. Through tests conducted by AV Comparatives, the full scan of our test computer’s 366,872 files took approximately an hour and consumed 3.20% of the processor memory; this was a middle of the pack. A quick scan was faster, taking 8 minutes to scan the areas that viruses tend to attack, including the system files and registries.

The technical support provided by the company is outstanding. It has a community forum, as well as 24/7 telephone and chat support as in addition to a huge knowledge base. They also provide virtual assistance and an assessment tool to determine your device’s vulnerability. The only drawback is that in order to contact the customer service representative, you need to fill out an extensive form, which includes your personal details, including first and last names and phone number, as well as email address, and confirmation of both, as well as a description of the issue.

One annoying thing about McAfee is that it siloes its different features into separate apps. The Mac application, for example does not permit you to search and only redirects you to the website. This makes it much more difficult to navigate the parental controls and identity theft protections than with competitors’ complete packages.