Benefits and Features of McAfee Total Protection 2011

The article has been designed only for informational purposes. The information covers advantages pertaining to McAfee Total Protection 2011, an award-winning security suite from McAfee for computer and online protection.

McAfee is ranked among the leading vendors of security software. The company has been catering to customers’ PC security needs for years with its wide range of products including McAfee AntiVirus Plus, Internet Security, Total Protection, WaveSecure, SiteAdvisor Android Edition, and Family Protection Android Edition among others. The latest McAfee Total Protection 2011 adds another feather into the cap of McAfee’s recognized and long-standing history. Below is the list of all the benefits and features of the suite:

Benefits & Features:

Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware: The suite offers excellent dual protection from both viruses and spyware through its Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware engine. Other than these, the suite detects and removes adware, malware, and rootkits that interfere with your computer.

Firewall: The suite integrates a Two-Way firewall protection intended for keeping hackers and/or unauthorized users away from getting into your computer.

McAfee Active Protection technology: This technology offers real-time and instant protection from new as well as everyday growing threats. This essentially ensures that there remains no virtual gap between your computer and the suite. The technology quickly scans and removes these threats without having you to wait for the latest updates to be downloaded and installed on your computer.

Easy-to-Use Interface: Well, you don’t need to be a computer geek to get the hang of everything. The suite integrates a simple interface that a normal user can use and navigate to different features. You can schedule your scan time and idle timer without sacrificing resources as well as time.

McAfee SiteAdvisor: This tool launches alerts about the websites, which might try to steal your sensitive information like confidential, identity, email address, banking etc. The tool gives site ratings on 22 search engines. This essentially means you can determine which website to visit and which not.

Anti-Spam & Email Protection: The suite offers excellent protection from spam emails and protects your email account from fishy mails.

Light on Resources: The suite is very light on computer resources. It supports Windows 7 (32bit and 64bit), Windows Vista SP1 (32bit and 64bit), and Windows XP SP2 or higher (32bit). It only requires 1GHz or higher processor, 512MB or higher RAM for Windows XP, 800×600 or greater resolution, 400MB free space on hard drive, 2GB RAM or higher for Windows 7 or Vista, and an active internet connection.

Browser Support: The suite supports Microsoft Internet Explorer (6.0 or higher version), Google Chrome (6.0 or higher), and Mozilla Firefox (3.5 or higher) for anti-phishing.

Miscellaneous tools: McAfee QuickClean clears all the junk files, which cause your computer to slow down or perform sluggish. McAfee Disk Defragmenter arranges the fragmented data into files and folders. McAfee Shredder deletes all the unnecessary files that are needed no longer.

Help and Support: McAfee has made several tools available on its online support center. You can search the database and resolve common issues on your own. Therefore, you don’t need to spend your money and time on contacting McAfee technical support service for common problems.

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McAfee AntiVirus (AV) Plus 2013 Review

McAfee AntiVirus (AV) Plus 2013 is a sub-$50 home security suite featuring a redesigned user interface (UI), along with extra security tools such as a vulnerability scanner and a file shredder. How does the latest edition of McAfee’s AV suite stack up against rival suites like Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2013? We take a look in this review.

Overview

 

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 adds Windows 8 support to McAfee’s previous support for Windows 7, Vista and XP. The new interface for McAfee AV Plus is tile-driven, with each tile representing a particular status.

For example, the top-left tile displays the “Virus and Spyware Protection” status. You can click on any tile to get more options.

For the antivirus component, there are options to scan the PC and to set up scheduled scans.

Something I like about this AV suite is the fact that it contains several extras, including a vulnerability scanner, a file shredder, and a two-way firewall.

The Extras

The vulnerability scanner scans the computer to see if any installed software — including the operating system — is out of

date. It also checks for vulnerabilities in your web browser settings.

The file shredder is a secure delete utility aimed at ensuring that erased files cannot be recovered. You can add it to the menu when right-clicking any file in the operating system; simply select the “Shred” option.

The shredder is a nice feature because files deleted in Windows can ordinarily be recovered using special software. McAfee’s shredder is especially useful for deleting files which contain sensitive information such as bank account numbers.

McAfee’s inclusion of extras in its AV suite, a long-time tradition, can be seen as particularly important in that Microsoft’s Windows 8 incorporates its own AV capabilities through Defender.

Performance

Download and Installation

In McAfee AV Plus 2013, the installer takes care of retrieving the latest files from the Internet for you as part of the install process. This method works out very well if you’re installing McAfee on a computer connected to the Internet but not so well for offline installs. That aside, the install is straightforward with no surprises. This is always a good thing in our book.

Use and Effectiveness

Most people don’t want an antivirus software to intrude on other PC activities by constantly asking for permission to do this and that, and so on. McAfee doesn’t disappoint here; it runs quietly in the background with zero interference.

Also, McAfee AV Plus 2013 performed better than previous editions in our malicious file download test. This time around, it detected two of the four files as malicious and did not allow them to be downloaded.

I was able to download two of the files, but McAfee picked these up during a later scan. However, this level of proactiveness doesn’t match top tier competing solutions such as Norton AV 2013, which detected all four files as threats off the bat in our tests and didn’t allow them to be downloaded.

Entering the license key is not part of the install. Instead, you enter it afterwards by opening McAfee.

Performance Impact

Our test computer showed no abnormal side effects after installing McAfee AV Plus 2013; the startup and shutdown times didn’t perceptibly increase and the computer continued to perform as though there was no additional resource strain.

We ran Futuremark’s PCMark 7 benchmarking software before and after the install, and we saw differences amounting to less than five percent – unnoticeable, in other words.

Time it Took to Perform a Full System Scan

McAfee AV Plus 2013 scanned 128GB of data in just 28 minutes.

This is a faster result than that obtainable with most competitors.

Conclusion

McAfee AV Plus carries a list price of $49.99, the same as that of Norton AV. Both packages, however, can be found at deeply discounted prices on the Web and in retail stores, even long after Black Friday.

I like McAfee’s redesigned interface, low performance impact and relatively quick scan times. I wish it were as proactive as some rivals, though; it didn’t immediately catch all of the malicious files we threw at it.

Pros:

  • Available at low price points
  • Includes extras such as Shredder and Vulnerability Scanner

Cons:

  • Still not as proactive as some competing AV solutions

 

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How to Disable McAfee Firewall

McAfee firewall comes as a built-in component of a few McAfee antivirus programs namely McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012/11 and McAfee Internet Security etc. McAfee firewall also comes as a standalone program namely McAfee Personal Firewall, McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, and McAfee Internet Security etc. In case you experience a problem with your network or wireless connection, you may think of disabling McAfee firewall. So, here is a free McAfee firewall support guide for you. It will help you easily disable McAfee firewall program.

Instructions:

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012/11 and McAfee Internet Security

The user interface for these three antivirus programs is quite similar. So, you can easily turn off firewall in whichever of the three programs you are using. Look for the M icon on the desktop or in the system tray. Double-click the icon to open the McAfee antivirus console. The screen that will open now will be anything by the name SecurityCenter, Internet Security, or AntiVirus Plus 2012/11 depending on the type of McAfee program you have.

On the Home screen, you will see the security status of your computer. Look at the third option which is Firewall: On. It indicates that the firewall is turned on. Click the angle sign next to Firewall: On. Click the Settings link on the right hand side. You will see the firewall status. Click the Turn off button. When prompted for a confirmation and action to turn the firewall back on, select a time period from the drop-down arrow. You can select any time period from the given options. If you want to disable the firewall permanently, select Never and then hit the Turn off button. Save the changes and exit the McAfee console.

McAfee Personal Firewall& McAfee Personal Firewall Plus

Look for the M icon in the system tray, right-click on it, and select Personal Firewall from the drop-down options. From Personal Firewall, point the mouse to select Disable. Alternatively, you can double-click the M icon to open the McAfee SecurityCenter console. When in the console, look for Personal Firewall or Personal Firewall+ (depending on your version) in the left hand panel and click it. You will see the status and history of the firewall program. Look at the top where it says ‘Personal Firewall or Personal Firewall Plus is currently protecting your computer. Click here if you want to disable Personal Firewall Plus’. Click on disable, the underlined link. Confirm the action if prompted.

In McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, you can turn off firewall in another way also. Double-click the M icon to open the McAfee SecurityCenter console. Click Internet & Network in the left hand panel and then click Configure. Click the Firewall protection is enabled strip. Click the Off button. When prompted, select a time period to turn the firewall automatically back on and then hit the OK button. You can select Never from the drop-down arrow in case you want to turn off the firewall permanently.

Additional Tips:

You must re-enable firewall after your issue has resolved. Firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access and hackers. Contact a McAfee technical support or McAfee antivirus support service in case firewall doesn’t turn off and cause further issues.