McAfee Total Protection review: A good anti-virus solution with room for improvement

McAfee Total Protection review: A good anti-virus solution with room for improvement

McAfee is a long-standing name in the world of PC security, and in these days, it offers three security products for the consumer: McAfee Total Protection, Gamer, security (a suite specifically for gamers), and the live safe—the latter offers protection for unlimited devices. This criticism seeks Total Protection.

a Total protection comes in a variety of price ranges, depending on how many devices you want to license it. For a single device, you pay $30; add another $5 and you get a Total of the protection for five devices; and for $40 you get insurance protection for 10 devices. These are in the first year of the prices, however. McAfee MSRPs after the first year are $80, $100 and $120, respectively.

note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested this.

Total Protection interface is well designed, but it will take some getting used to. Status information for points in the left-hand rail instead of on the menu, while most of the actions are sitting in the main panel.

At the top of the window, you will receive the five tabs: Home, PC security, identity, privacy and Account. There are also symbols for warnings, news, tips, and settings in the upper-right corner.

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McAfee Total Protection Home tab.

Home is your basic dashboard with a green check mark or red alert, to let you know whether your PC is protected. The primary section of the window sports carousel to quickly perform some of the more feature-filled operations, which provides absolute protection, such as improvement in performance for third-party apps, delete of browser cookies and trackers, walks, permanently sensitive files to delete, the update of Total Protection and the establishment of the password manager. Below is a summary of what McAfee monitoring on your system and links to the app security report.  

PC security indicates whether the key components of Total Protection, as the firewall and real time scan to be performed, as well as a tile to initiate a scan, and some of the other operations we saw on the Home screen. From this tab, you can run a security scan-check for the desktop, application updates, check for updates to the virus definitions and run web protection. The carousel, meanwhile, asks you to carry some of the same properties.

next, we have the PC performance tab. There is not a lot, except here are download links to the App-Boost feature, which improves the performance of third-party desktop to Increase apps and McAfee Web. The latter is supposed to enhance your Browser speed. It not only works with Google Chrome and McAfee Total Protection is smart enough to identify the Browser, in the chrome family, such as the new Edge, or Opera. This is not a huge problem, because all these Browser Web can to install increase from the Chrome Web Store, if you want it.

Web Boost to stop to improve the performance when browsing, but the only, what to do, it seems is the automatic playback of videos. To really improve the performance, you need to block advertising, trackers, and stop the annoying pop-ups to allow questions Website notifications.

 My privacy tab with the name identity. This tab contains a file shredder to delete sensitive files, a password manager, identity theft protection, parental controls and file-lock—an encryption app for sensitive files.

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Total Protection of the settings in a nice drop-down menu.

My Info  provides information about your McAfee account, home network protection, security, history, help, and support, and the Via tile. The home-network-tile is remarkable, because it shows all the devices on your network. This is a nice add-on, unfortunately it needs a better device database as almost everything, except for PCs, Macs and iOS devices who are identified by their local IP addresses. For power users, which is helpful enough, but most people do not find this section particularly useful, at least not at this time. On the plus side, you can see the name of a device as an intruder. At this point, McAfee firewall is blocking the device from accessing your PC.

McAfee packs a lot of information and functions, the sum of the protection, and it is pretty well organized. Split of information between the left and the main panel takes some getting used to. The rotating carousel, though, could be put to better use. It takes up so much of the interface and either the tiles duplicated under him, or provides information that is not relevant to each section. 

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McAfee Total Protection file-Lock-function integrates with the Windows file Explorer.

A nice change is that McAfee opens a second window to perform most of the operations. Well, it all happens within the primary window of the app. 

The app will not be amazed, if you smoothness, or design, but this is a good thing, a security suite that should be a part of your PC, plumbing. Mess can the things without it, but you don’t have to think rather too much about it, if it works.

McAfee has pop-up notifications that appear, now and then, and Total Protection merry-go-round, takes up too much space. Overall, however, McAfee stays out of the way while you work.


Both AV-Test and AV-Comparative test of McAfee. AV-Test found malware and zero-day attack detection has been 99,81 per cent in January 2020, and to 97.8 percent in February 2020, with 402 samples. Malware detection was 100 percent for both months, more than 20,000 samples.

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Total Protection My privacy tab.

AV-Comparatives, meanwhile, found that McAfee had seven false alarms during a real-world protection test in February and March 2020, and it is 98.4 percent of the test block 372 malicious test samples, threatening with 1.6 percent. Malware detection was really good, with a online scan at 99.7 percent, and online protection of 99.93 percent. Offline detection was lower at 67 per cent against. It is also 25 were false alarms in these tests more than 10,000 samples.

SE Labs tested a Total Protection, there’s a AAA-rating, although during the Tests, the software three compromises to be had. Compare that to AVG, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Sophos and Trend Micro, all of which had zero compromises.

If this is only a test, we would probably not sweat, but all three of the test houses, we keep track of found significant weaknesses in the McAfee protection, with competing suites to test higher.

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A message from Total Protection in Windows 10.

When we supply Total Protection through our usual hand brake and PCMark 10 tests, we found McAfee had a mixed impact on performance. Hand brake completed his task, transcode an 8GB high-definition video file in 4 hours, 28 minutes on our test PC. The standard time without any extra programs to run, is about 3.5 minutes faster. The PC took a little longer than usual with McAfee running, but for a home user who does not have the difference a massive impact.

PC Mark 10, in the meantime, the 1,631 scored earned with McAfee running, and 1,660 without. Fall, that most likely to be noticeable for media-heavy operations would be. The other tests, including the large file and unarchiving test, all were pretty close in time. The archiving test, but took 22 seconds longer with McAfee. Again, not a big drop, but potentially noticeable low-end PCs. 


McAfee offers a variety of features and pricing is quite good. We saw you the last time, it was a good choice for PC protection, but to have his detection chops seem to have slipped, on the basis of the most recent tests. We like the improvements to the McAfee desktop design, but the most important question of the protection. McAfee do a pretty good job, but there are borderline cases, where the suite fails, and the competition is not based on third-party-test-results. 

For the average user, the visited unusual places or open strange E-Mail attachments, McAfee should be fine, but if you want the best possible protection for Total Protection, the best option is not now.

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Released on Fri, 22 may 2020 16:00:00 +0000

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