McAfee Antivirus Review

Written by Jason Lee -

Product Overview

Over the years, McAfee has developed a suite of antivirus protection tools. The focus on ease of use is evident through its functions, keeping technical words to a minimum. Despite the simple language and interface, McAfee does pack quite a protective punch.

Drilling down in to each tool gives you more information on the security the tool gives to your device. From here, you can also adjust the settings for each tool to give you greater control. More often than not, the default settings will be more than enough protection for your needs.

McAfee includes a suite of tools available, including:

  • protection from online threats like viruses, malware, trojans and ransomware
  • data protection of your personal or corporate files
  • safe removal of sensitive files of personal or commercial nature
  • parental controls to restrict access to websites or set time limits on internet access


McAfee detects viruses and malware through its database of known threats. Daily updates are available to download through the interface. This is often an automatic operation the software does when the device is on.

When it detects an infected file, McAfee will work to quarantine the infected file. This prevents any further damage from the infected file causing more problems.

As we spend more time on mobile devices, McAfee has made solutions for Android and iOS devices. While some features may not be as extensive, the industry-leading protection is not cut.

The Shredder option is valuable for sensitive information destruction. The tool works much like a paper shredder, making the digital file no longer available. This tool works on your computer, as well as connected external/USB drives.


McAfee's real-time scanning of files has no noticeable impact to newer devices. Older devices with slower processors may find a noticeable performance loss is prominent.

Full system scans can be quite CPU intensive at times, but scan settings can reduce the load. McAfee gives users options to have different types of scans. Quick scans are often based on glancing over files or any tell tale signs of a virus. More complete scans will be more scrupulous and check every file with detailed care.

The performance is dependant on system specifications, so your mileage will vary between devices.


McAfee Security Suite is compatible with the following systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or later
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" or later
  • iOS 9 or later


  • Online chat
  • Email communication
  • Community forums
  • Telephone support
  • Technical/in-person support


McAfee provides a subscription plan to cover all your devices for one simple annual fee.

  • McAfee Antivirus Plus - $24.99/yr
  • McAfee Internet Security - $39.99/yr
  • McAfee Total Protection - $44.99/yr

All McAfee products come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Final Verdict

McAfee is great at protecting your device from viruses and other threats. The tools included cover you from the online threats and can keep your system safe.

McAfee comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. This can be helpful in giving you time to test the software out to see how it works on your device.





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