- Platform: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / Vista Home Basic / XP
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McAfee Internet Security 2014 - 1 User (PC)
|Price:||£6.00 FREE UK delivery.|
- Real-time web protection
- fend off viruses and malware
- high-performance scanning engine - guard your pc from the latest viruses
- safe searching and shopping - colour-coded icons next to every search result
- digital data message - showing location of the blocked ip address and causes of unsafe connection
- home screen - works with touch-friendly devices
- malicious ads and popup protection
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McAfee Internet Security 2014 - 1 User
McAfee Internet Security gives you the freedom to roam the Internet safe in the knowledge that real-time antivirus, anti-malware, spam filters, advanced parental controls and firewall are all watching your back.
Brand new and improved for 2014:
- NEW! scanning engine 5600 with enhanced performance and detection capabilities
- NEW! Improved Power and Performance enhancements
- NEW! Support for Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Outlook 2013
McAfee Internet Security gives you:
- Protect Against Viruses and Malware
- Block Spam and dangerous Email
- Parental controls for family protection
McAfee – Connect With Confidence
Fend Off Viruses and Malware
NEW High-performance scanning engine — We built our next-generation scanning engine to guard your PC from the latest viruses, Trojans, spyware, rootkits, and other threats, all without seriously compromising battery life or slowing your PC down.
ENHANCED Safe searching and shopping — With color-coded icons next to every search result, including popular social networking sites, you'll know if the site you're about to visit is safe.
ENHANCED Digital data message — including the location of the blocked IP address and what makes the connection unsafe.
NEW Home screen — Got a touch-friendly device? Our new home screen is built with your fingers in mind. And it still works great with a track pad or mouse, so navigating to common security tasks is a breeze—on any device.
ENHANCED Security reports — We've redesigned the security report to bring you the information you need in visually interesting ways. The new report includes relevant images and links for an easier-to understand snapshot of what's going on in the world of security.
NEW Vulnerability scanner — If your OS and programs are out of date, you could be vulnerable to threats. The new vulnerability scanner checks your PC for missing updates, and then recommends solutions to keep you safe.
NEW Malicious ads and popup protection — Websites don't always have control over the ads they display. Sometimes, you might find a risky ad on a site you trust every day. McAfee automatically blocks suspect malicious ads to keep you protected.
Block Spam and Dangerous Email
ENHANCED Antispam — All those unwanted emails aren't just annoying. They're dangerous. We'll filter out all the shady stuff to keep you and your inbox protected. And the antispam engine integrates with new technology to make sure the right emails are making it into your inbox.
Keep Your Family Safe
ENHANCED Parental controls — Worried about your kids seeing stuff they shouldn't? Parental controls let you block inappropriate sites with age-based rules and adjustable categories. You can even limit the amount of time they spend online, and print reports for every user you've set up.
Surfing report — Find out what your kids have been up to online through the surfing report. You'll know when they log in, any attempts to access forbidden sites, and how much time they've spent online.
Protect Your Social Network
Safe URL sharing — It's easy to share photos and stories on your favorite social networks and it's also just as easy to share dangerous stuff. McAfee Total Protection software includes tools for safely sharing URLs with friends, so you can stay safe even if your favorite social network gets hacked.
URL shortener—Worried about tweeting dangerous stuff by accident? The new integrated URL shortening tool lets you spread the news safely through updates and tweets that are short and sweet.
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Windows XP SP3 or higher (32-bit), Windows Vista SP1 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit), 512 MB RAM for XP, 2 GB RAM for Vista and Windows 7 500 MB free drive space 1 GHz processor Internet Connection
Top customer reviews
As with most Security Suites, you've got on-access protection and scheduled scans. On-access protection simply scans files for threats as and when you try and access them. For example if you access a folder and it contains a virus, as soon as you open the folder McAfee will scan it and if it locates a threat will remove it pretty much instantly making it really difficult to open a virus even for people who are not very confident with their PC.
Scan speeds seem reasonable:
Quick scan: About 8 minutes.
Full scan: A few hours.
I also found that when I switched from Norton to McAfee, McAfee picked up a number of items Norton had simply missed.
The only gripe I have with the description of this feature is the fact that it doesn't seem to pick up a massive amount of malware. If anything it seems to pick up malware after its been installed, but it would be so much easier if it could pick it up before it was on your PC.
For my day job I work providing Tech Support and I must speak to 20+ a day who have malware on their machine and they can be pretty argumentative because they assume McAfee will protect them against malware. Although this will pick up some malware, it misses a lot of programs which cause popups, redirects and inline adverts.
I personally find the best option is to have a program like this installed to protect you against the serious stuff, then have a free malware removal tool such as Malwarebytes or Adwcleaner on hand for if you do inadvertently installed malware.
I would however add that although McAfee's ability to pick-up malware seems slightly limited, I would say it seems more effective at picking up malware than its main rival Norton.
*** Firewall ***
As far as I can tell the Firewall seems fairly reasonable.
For those that are sat behind a home router, the chances are you won't see many messages from McAfee relating to your firewall (at least for incoming stuff) as most routers now a days have a built in firewall. This means that most unusual connections from the outside world are blocked well before they get anywhere near McAfee.
The main feature of the firewall when you are sat behind a hardware firewall is actually to monitor outgoing connections. If a program appears to be trying to connect to the internet and McAfee believes it may be malicious or suspect, it will prompt you and ask you if you trust the program.
This will generally block malicious programs from capturing your personal details and sharing them online, but can also be used if you can see a program is connecting to the internet and don't want it to.
Sometimes you may find that it thinks a perfectly innocent program could be malicious and blocks it. In that instance its nice and easy to go into the settings and tell it to allow that program full access to the internet.
*** Web Browsing Protection (SiteAdvisor) ***
SiteAdvisor is a useful feature which alerts you when you are navigating to untrustworthy sites. If a website has been reported to be well known for sharing viruses, malware, etc you will often be presented with a page advising you the content of the page you are about to visit could be unsafe. You get a big warning sign which is impossible for anyone to miss. There is also the option to continue to the website if you are 100% confident it is trustworthy.
*** Parental Controls ***
I haven't really used the Parental Controls feature much as I don't have kids. I did have a play around with it though to see if it was any good for the purpose of this review. It was easy to set-up and manage and seemed nice and secure. Protected by an administrator passwords made it really difficult to make any changes without an adults permission.
*** Anti-Spam ***
Again I haven't really used the Anti-Spam features a massive amount – simply because I mainly use webmail which is pretty effective at filtering out spam emails anyway. However I was pretty impressed with the features it does offer. Even for those using webmail you can use it to filter out your junk mail by connecting to your mail server and filtering out the junk emails before they appear in your webmail.
*** Potential Problems ***
I've not personally experienced any problems personally with my copy of McAfee. I do however work providing Tech Support as my day job and there are really only a handful of issues I ever seem to come across with Mcafee and to be fair these are issues which can effect all security suites.
The 2 problems are:
1) Loss of internet access – this is a really common issue which can happen regardless of which Security Suite you use. You generally find that you show as being connected to the internet, but you don't have access to the internet through any of your browsers.
This seems to happen when McAfee has become a little bit corrupted and decides it wants to block all connections to the internet. Sometimes when trying to uninstall it from programs and features, your PC then struggles to remove it because of how corrupted it is or because its still running in the background.
The best way to fix this problem is normally to restart your PC into safemode (this can be done fairly easily with a bit of research, even for those not overly confident with PC's) and download the McAfee Removal Tool. This allows you to remove McAfee completely in safemode ensuring no corrupted components are left behind.
2) Sometimes you just can't get McAfee to open – You'll generally find the icon shows in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop, in the system tray, but try and open it and it either doesn't open at all, or it opens but you can't navigate around the options.
As above. The best way to fix this problem is normally to restart your PC into safemode and download the McAfee Removal Tool. This allows you to remove McAfee completely in safemode ensuring no corrupted components are left behind.
3) It does seem to slow the machine down from time to time, especially when performing a scheduled scan. To be fair however I find this happens regardless of which Antivirus I am using and simply put this down the fact it is having to process a lot of information.
4) Limited malware protection – As mentioned previously although McAfee seems more capiable of picking up malware than alternative Security Suites, its ability to remove malware is nothing like what you would find in free programs such as Malwarebytes and Adwcleaner.
*** Conclusion ***
I have used pretty much every Security Package going at one point or another and McAfee remains my favourite.
It seems a much more reliable package than other Security Suites and its available for significantly cheaper than most of the other packages available.
For those reasons I would personally recommend McAfee.
Installation can be either via the enclosed CD or direct from the McAfee website. Inserting the CD automatically activates download from the web to ensure the it is fully up to date and upon completion it is registered using the supplied product key. Because my elderly netbook doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, I had to use the direct download method taking about 10 minutes our 12mb broadband line. The installation process generates a serial number which is used should Internet Security need to be reinstalled later.
Customised scans can be set up to scan your PC/laptop at any day/week/month interval you choose. Email and web browsing is protected and there's a spam filter which works well. One of the most useful features is the link scanner which indicates via a green tick symbol whether a site is safe to visit - if a red warning shows then this is advance warning of a potentially virus or malware-ridden address to be avoided, or visited at your peril. Identity and phishing protection isn't part of this package, nor is network protection, whereby a pop-up message alerts the user to any unidentified users logged onto the wireless network - these are included in the 'Total Protection' version but unless you specifically require these features, I feel it is not worth paying extra for options you don't need. My netbook is very much my secondary computer and used mostly away from home for limited browsing while travelling so these additional features are not required.
McAfee Internet Security has now been in use for over a month, switched on a few times per week during which time it has downloaded updates and has quietly worked away in the background scanning for any viruses and malware. My netbook isn't a speedy model but while the background scans are taking place, there has been only a minimal performance loss - which I would expect on such a dated machine with just a 1.2Ghz processor. On my PC with a higher and more current specification, it whizzes away unnoticed with no performance loss at all.
McAfee Internet Security 2014 provides peace of mind, has one of the best and simplest user-interfaces I've seen on antivirus/internet security software packages and I haven't found anything to fault at all on the program which I would happily use again.
The only reason I haven't given 5 stars (and I would have proffered 4.5) is that the user interface is neither friendly or modern. Offering the same user interface screen as McAfee Total Protection, it seems poor compared with previous versions and certainly behind Kaspersky and Norton. Having said that, the idea is that you shouldn't be looking at it all the time, and the real plus is the speed it works at and the limited difference it makes to the speed of your pc.
Some people will ask what is the difference between this product and McAfee Total Protection? The answer is not a lot - primarily the latter offers data encryption as an added level of security on your machine. If you want to encrypt then pay the small difference, otherwise get this product.
My advice is don't mess around with unheard of brands. You know McAfee is safe and secure, so just buy it.