Pros / This program includes social network protection.
Cons / There was noticeable lag on our test computers during virus scans.
Verdict / McAfee Total Protection shields against malware on all devices, though extra security tools, such as parental controls, are not included with mobile components.
McAfee Total Protection blocked 96 percent of the over 200 malware we used in our testing, including Trojans, rootkits, phishing schemes and malicious websites. Other independent test labs, including AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, also found McAfee very capable of identifying and blocking viruses, while leaving safe sites, programs and files alone. A feature McAfee includes with its program that isn’t common in security programs is social network protection, designed to stop you from clicking on malicious links and to keep an eye on your accounts to make sure someone doesn’t sneak in to spy on what you’re doing on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
One feature we were impressed with while testing McAfee Total Protection computer security software is the in-browser reports of the malicious sites, virus downloads and threats it blocks while surfing the web. We attempted to access or download threats through each of the three main web browsers, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. After tagging and blocking a threat, we could click a report link and a summary of what McAfee blocked would display in the web browser. These reports, which we found more convenient than trying to locate them through the program’s dashboard, gave us details such as what was blocked, the risk of continuing to the site or with the download, and other associated IP addresses connected with that site or threat.
The biggest drawback we noticed while testing McAfee Total Protection was it created a lot of disruptive lag to our test computers during full system virus scans. Several times while trying to navigate the cursor to attach files to an email message, the lag would cause us to open files we didn’t want or would navigate to an obscure place within the browser. We didn’t feel we had control over the cursor at all. There was also noticeable drag while playing games online. Other laboratories gave high scores for performance to McAfee, though AV-Test reported similar slowdowns during file copying and application installations.
McAfee Total Protection includes all the important tools needed to keep your computer secure, including a personal firewall that works well alongside the Windows firewall. The password manager hides login credentials so they can’t be stolen, and the safe banking tools prevent identity thieves from capturing your information while you shop or bank online. Additional tools include parental controls and a vulnerability scan to ensure any weak points in your system are protected from ransomware or hacking attacks.
McAfee received above average scores for Mac malware protection, including blocking ransomware. The Mac module doesn’t have as many extra protections as the Windows component, but it does include a vulnerability scan and a password manager. If you feel you need better protection for a Mac computer, check out Bitdefender Total Security or F-Secure TOTAL. Both include a lot more protection in the Mac component of their computer security programs.
McAfee Total Protection works on both Android and iOS cell phones and tablets. However, many of the security tools found in the computer and laptop modules don’t work on mobile devices. Because of this, the only tool beyond basic malware protection that is included is a password manager. This is helpful since most mobile threats are from phishing, hacking and identify thieves that need login credentials to steal your sensitive information. However, with so many people using mobile devices instead of a laptop or computer, parental controls and other security measures are becoming needed features for mobile protection.
McAfee offers several levels of its Total Protection program. The least expensive one includes a single license that can be used for a computer or mobile device. You can get a package that protects up to 10 licenses and provides 1GB of online storage with your subscription, which is helpful for storing copies of your most important photos, documents and files in case your computer is attacked.
If your system is infected by a virus, McAfee will work to remove the threat and restore your computer as part of its 100 percent virus removal guarantee. And support is available 24/7 via email and telephone, making it one of the few services that don’t limit their phone support hours.
- Windows Malware Detection
- Mac Malware Detection Rate
McAfee Total Protection is a good choice for computer protection as it blocks both Windows and Mac malware very well. It does create some lag and doesn’t offer very many security tools for mobile devices. It comes with a 100 percent virus removal guarantee and will help you restore your protected device if a malware attack happens. McAfee is a cost-effective way to protect your data.