Pros Scanning and Virus info
Cons Speed, Interface, Installation and Uninstall
Summary This is by FAR the WORST ever version of McAfee. Obviously it was rushed to market because it's FULL of bugs. Check the user forums. Also, it's a PIG on resources, and absolutely pathetic to uninstall. The installation took far too long, and the nagging is beyond stupid until you register.
Do yourself a favor and stick with Symantec Norton AntiVirus.
"Best anti-virus"on by AuroraAlpha
Pros finds the most viruses of any software
Cons extremly slow, better have a computer that can run McAffe and your programs at once, or auto scan at night.
Summary If you are ready to trade performence for power then McAffe is for you. It replaces Microsoft secrity center, so it controls your anti-virus, firewall, pricacy software, and anti-spyware. It also comes with some neat toys like bandwith tracker and logs all in and out traffic. It is however EXTREMLY SLOW. If you system cannot perform anti-virus and muli-task other things you want it can be a bad idea.
I have a pentium 2.8, 2GBs RAM, and a 7800GT.
Go much lower then 2.66Ghz P4, 1GB RAM, and 6600GT (or similar ATI) and I would expect problems!
Again. Powerful, but slow.
Pros hmm.. nothing spectacular really
Cons resource hog, slow file scanning, same old interface, did I mention resouce hog?
Summary I used to be a big McAfee fan, that is until I found and started using Trend Micro Internet Security 2004.
McAfee ViruScan is not really a bad product. It does what it is supposed to do, scan, detect and clean viruses. The only problem is, it takes its own time doing it. It also uses up a lot of your computer resources.
In my opinion Trend Micro's Internet Security product (I'm using 2005 now), is probably as effective in scanning, detecting and cleaning viruses if not more than McAfee's. It also comes with E-mail, Spyware and network protection. It also scans much faster, and does not use up as much resources as McAfee or Norton products.
Trend Micro's updates are done much more regularly than McAfee or Norton, reducing the possibility of viral infection before the system is patched with the latest update. And that also means that you are downloading smaller (quicker to download over 56k) chunks of updates, rather than all 3MB worth of download in one go.
In summary, McAfee VirusScan does it's job, albeit slowly and taking heaps of system resources. I'd go with Trend Micro Internet Security.
Pros Does prevent viruses
Cons Turns a 3GHz Pentium D into a 486 - SLOW SLOW SLOW
Summary I came here specifically to save others from the experience I went through. I purchased a brand new PC from Dell which had McAfee preinstalled on it (30 day trial). In addition, I had purchased a 3-user pack of VirusScan 2006 to use after the trial period. I thought that all virus programs were the same (I am a prior Norton customer).
I was wrong.
Understand that a brand new PC should be FAST. This was a dual core 3GHz machine (Dimension 9150) with 1GB of RAM. It had no other commercial software installed other than what was included from Dell and the Firefox web browser.
I quickly found that browsing websites and sending email was a mind-numbingly painful experience. In fact the whole PC seemed incredibly sluggish. The endless delays and hang-ups while supposedly McAfee did it's "back ground magic" were insufferable. I mean it - this software will absolutely cause you to want to punch the computer screen.
Since my emails were hangin and the sluggishness seemed to center around "all things internet" I at once suspected McAfee.
As soon as I uninstalled the McAfee Security Center and VirusScan software it was like a veil had been lifted from my PC (no other change, mind you - just removing the software). It:
- booted faster
- sent emails instantly with no delays on incoming or outgoing
- loaded programs like Internet Explorer and Firefox almost instantaneously
- loaded web pages faster by a factor of 10
Folks - this is not a joke. Stay FAR FAR away from this software. Get ANYTHING ELSE. Anything at all - just do NOT put this software in your PC. And if you do, come back here afterwards and tell these other people that I was right so that they don't make the same mistake.
If you get this software for FREE throw it away. I bought a three-pack of licenses for my home PCs and I am going to give it to someone I dislike. I hope you understand the passion that I have about this product and the pain it caused me to make me want to disrupt my day and post this review. Good day.
Pros It comes in a pretty retail box!
Cons It does not do its job of protection from viruses.
Summary Why pay good money for a product that does not do the job? I have been using the free Personal Edition of Antivir for over a year and it stops viruses from infecting my system and if something comes through I can actually delete the file, not like McAfee or Norton.