McAfee AntiVirus for Windows – Overview and Review

McAfee has been one of the recognized names in the field of cybersecurity and providing solutions to all type of cyberattacks. Its annual subscription covers security to all the devices with a 30-day money back guarantee on unsatisfactory product services. The security services are not only limited to home but also in Business support and products irrespective of organization size. With the adoption of Security Information and Event Management(SIEM) in their technology, there is a significant improvement in security analytics and threat intelligence.

McAfee is providing three security products. McAfee Total Protection, McAfee Internet Security, and McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Based on their cost it provides additional security features. Total Protection and Internet Security providing additional security in email protection using anti-SPAM. True Key app is available with Total Protection for Secure storage of credentials.

McAfee AntiVirus Features:

For Home:

  1. All Device Protection
  2. Protection against Virus and Threats
  3. Mobile Security
  4. Password Manager
  5. Secure Cloud Storage

For Organizations:

  1. Data Centre and Cloud Defence
  2. Dynamic Endpoint Threat Defence
  3. Pervasive Data Protection
  4. Intelligent Security Operation

 

McAfee AntiVirus Specifications as per CNET.com:

Average User Rating               : 3.5 out of 5em

Cost                                         : $24.99 (May change with McAfee’s latest offer(s))

Operating System                   : Windows XP, Vista 7, 8 , 10

Application File Size                : 5.33 MB

Additional Requirements       : Internet Connectivity, at least 2GB RAM with 500MB  empty disk space in Windows.

 

 

User Experience:

Pros:

  1. Provision of unlimited licenses for Windows, Macs, and Tablets with annual package subscription.
  2. McAfee AntiVirus does not affect system performance.

Cons:

  1. High memory usage during the system scan.

 

Download and Installation Process:

To download 30-day trial version of McAfee AntiVirus Plus, go to the following link and follow steps:

Link: http://download.cnet.com/McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus/3000-2239_4-10581368.html

  1. Click “Download Now”.
  2. Launch downloaded application file.
  3. Click “Agree and Install” on McAfee License Agreement.
  4. After initialization, wait until the downloading completes

Note: Keep Internet connectivity On.

  1. As the downloading and installation process will complete, It would prompt you to enter a valid email id. Fill in email id and click “Activate Now”.
  2. It would take a while to activate trial and setting up McAfee Account.
  3. As McAfee product has installed and ready to go. Click “Take me there”.

Note: If McAfee Window doesn’t open, go to McAfee icon at the bottom right of the taskbar and right click on it., then click “Open McAfee AntoVirus Plus”.

  1. To create McAfee account password. Click on “Create Password”.
  2. Fill out required fields and Click “Save”.
  3. McAfee AntiVirus Plus is ready to use.

 

Uninstallation Process:

  1. Go to Control Panel from Windows start button.
  2. Click on “Programs and Feature” option.
  3. Find “McAfee AntiVirus Plus”. Right-click on it and select Uninstall option.
  4. To remove McAfee software completely, tick both the options “McAfee AntiVirus Plus” and “Web Protection”, then click on “Remove”.
  5. It will prompt you to a confirmation window. Click “Remove”.
  6. Wait until the uninstall complete.
  7. To complete the process, you need to restart your system. Click on “Restart Now”.