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Although McAfee makes a formidable anti-virus product, McAfee Anti-Spyware is far from spectacular. Although it is easy to use and has many different forms of support, McAfee Anti-Spyware missed too much spyware and adware to be effective.
McAfee AntiSpyware works with Windows Vista.
For a company with such a good reputation, we were disappointed in McAfee Anti-Spyware's feature set. Although the program offers many useful features-like Scan Scheduling, Auto Updates and Real-Time Tracking-it's missing assets such as spyware/adware descriptions and threat levels; these help you determine whether the detected spyware and adware are dangerous or benign.
Detection & Removal
McAfee Anti-Spyware missed much of the spyware and adware we tested. Though marginally effective, this is not software that we recommend to those looking for high-level spyware and adware protection.
Help & Support
McAfee Anti-Spyware is simple to use. With few customizable features, McAfee is simple for novices.
Although it's easy to use and comes with fairly good help support, McAfee Anti-Spyware just doesnât do well enough detecting and removing spyware to receive our recommendation. For the same amount of money, we recommend Aluria Anti-Spyware, a top-notch spyware program that is effective against spyware and adware.