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McAfee Antivirus Plus is Essential security software so you can surf, shop, and socialize online while our anti-virus software, anti-malware, and fire... Learn More
Stay safe from Trojans, viruses, spyware, rootkits, and more, with state-of-the-art anti-malware protection
Detects, quarantines, and blocks viruses and malware to prevent damage to your PC
Keep zero-day threats and botnets at bay—McAfee Active Protection and Global Threat Intelligence technology have you covered.
Identifies software in need of updating by checking the version on your PC against our database using Vulnerability Scanner
Deletes unnecessary cookies and temporary internet files that slow down your PC with McAfee QuickClean
Securely destroy sensitive files, such as tax documents, with McAfee Shredder
Two-Way Firewall system monitors and stops traffic in and out of your PC trying to connect to suspicious servers and known Botnets
In the race of the best Anti-Virus protection, you need to be very careful. There is many aspect that needs to be evaluated; virus detection, performance impact, report, and management feature list, etc. I had to evaluate many different Anti-Virus during the last year, and I have to admit our final choice is not VIPRE, sorry. We had very specifics requirement; No impact on performance, multi-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux), server-side exceptions and client-side exceptions. After testing more than 25 different antiviruses, I can tell it is very hard to find. I’ve also tested VIPRE Internet Security 2016 for Home to find a fit for my home computers, where the requirements are very different. First, the Security suite come with a lot of advanced features, like Firewall, Website Blocker, Edge Protection (zero-day threats), Anti-Malware, Social Watch, Search Guard, Auto Patch, Anti-Rootkit, Email Virus Protection, Spam Filter, Anti-Intrusion, etc! Very impressive for 50$ (based on shop.vipreantivirus.com) for a year, or 100$ for Lifetime. The UI is very clean, and the configuration come by default with the standard scanning schedule, Full scan once a week, Quick the other days. You don’t want to scan too much since it is resource intensive and unnecessary, you already “real-time-monitor”. The Quick scan will scan the most important files only. The Quick scan used 12% of my CPU and 100 MB of ram, during 11 minutes. That's a lot more than competitors, scanning 10x more files. I have 4 processes running: the Anti-Malware Service, the SBAMTray Application, the Plug-in Manager Service and the WebProxy.exe. When you open the UI, you will also have VIPREUI.exe. There is a “Catch Up Scan” option if a scheduled scan is missed, but they will only do a Quick Scan. You may miss all your full. The “Second Layer Scan” will run a full scan in case a risk is detected using a Quick Scan. I like the Battery Saver mode, to skip scans when on battery. The Email Filter (phishing, virus, spam) works with Outlook or POP3/SMTP. It won’t scan if you are using Gmail in IMAP. Updates are checked every 30 minutes by default, but can be customized. There is no setting to skip update on slow network (to save bandwidth), but the signature files are probably small.
McAfee was a great program. It was my anti-virus and firewall for the longest time. It was cheap and effective. Now, while it still isn't too costly, it has a very bad reputation. Bloat and spyware have been found in its file, and while my usage of it was during the times before and after this issue was addressed, it is still a very important thing to bring up as extra software that is harmful to the user or unnecessary most be known to any who may purchase it in the future, in case McAfee tries to sneak it in again. It still does have some favorable parts to it though; however, I can't recommend this software in the slightest. There are better free and paid programs that stop viruses more effectively while also not having spyware hidden in the files.
It is a firewall, and it does its job fairly well. Its hard to say whether Window's Defender of McAfee helped me more though. It is available for tablets and smart phones which is good, considering more and more information is being stolen from mobile devices as opposed to desktops. Virus protection on a mobile device is incredibly advantageous, even if said anti-virus isn't the best. It is still a defense. This goes for Apple and Android devices alike. Tech support is also free, so if a virus does infect a computer, someone can potentially help a user go through the steps of removing it. A nice little feature that comes bundled together with everything.
The biggest con is the risk of spyware and bloatware on your machine because of McAfee Antivirus Plus. Many people have found that McAfee installed other software along with the firewall. This is a huge problem. How can one trust their firewall if their firewall has a bunch of extra unwanted files that can pose a risk to one's computer or just fill up hard drive space with useless programs. The firewall itself isn't that best either. While using it, McAfee has given me false positives in the past while also letting virus get past its own defense. Luckily, Windows caught it before my system could get infected.
Wednesday 31 December 1969
McAfee 2015 was a disappointment for us. With too many issues like tech support costs and a weak interface, this version is a letdown, particularly after a poor showing last year, too. Even though it includes a software firewall and an excellent vulnerability scanner, the value of those things doesn't outweigh the overall virus protection which was average in most areas. As a leader in the antivirus industry, McAfee could—and should—deliver a stronger product.More about McAfee Antivirus Plus
Wednesday 31 December 1969
On one hand, we like that the overall look of VIPRE has had few changes from one year to the next. It's easy to become familiar with the software without having to hunt for things from one year to the next. Considering all these points, VIPRE Antivirus 2015 passes our tests with flying colors. It's not perfect, but no antivirus software is.More about VIPRE
Wednesday 31 December 1969
Though McAfee AntiVirus has been installed on millions of consumer computer products, it lacks a few features that other programs offer expertise in. The AV-Test results show that the antivirus software is acceptable protection, but not really praiseworthy.More about McAfee Antivirus Plus
Friday 17 January 2014
VIPRE Internet Security 2014 combines a decent antivirus, a simple, accurate spam filter, and a disappointing firewall; it's all over the map. You'll do better with a suite whose components are uniformly strong.More about VIPRE
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