McAfee 2020 Antivirus solutions review

McAfee is a veteran in the cybersecurity sphere that has been around since 1987. It is well known for its high-quality antivirus software which includes three consumer McAfee Total Protection packages. This range consists of the entry-level Individual package, followed by the Total Protection Multi-Device, rounding it up with Total Protection Family, all of which can be tested for free if you prefer to have hands-on experience before buying. 

McAfee Total Protection Individual 

McAfee Total Protection Individual includes all the basics and then some. With it, you’ll get the antivirus protection, dangerous website blocking, spam filter, firewall, file shredder, file encryption, vulnerability scanner, network monitor, and even a password manager, on a single device.

Installing it won’t clash with other already installed security software and it won’t affect your system’s performance, which is always a welcome sight. The interface is large yet simple enough for even a beginner to get around.

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Unlike most competitors who provide a prominent scan button for either a quick scan or a full system scan, McAfee Total Protection does things differently. Accessing scanning options will require that you switch to a different tab and choose which one you want. This tab also provides information about the status of your apps’ updates and allows you to perform them on the spot.

Users can’t choose to create a custom scan, scan select removable drives, or set up a new scan type. Another problem is the strange scan finalization process which removes ‘threats’ without user input and doesn’t provide any details about them except a cryptic name. A quick scan is also too simple – it analyses files only and ignores boot records, processes, and critical system files, which is slightly discouraging.

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The firewall stays out of your way, for the most part, automatically making intelligent decisions about which of your apps should connect to the Internet. There are a lot of settings here, but most of them are overly complicated unless you’re an expert. 

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