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Antivirus software products block malware from entering your computer system. When security software is unsuccessful at preventing attacks, it is then supposed to detect and remove the malware that gets through the defenses. If you begin to analyze all of the forms of malware and all of the potential entry points, it quickly becomes quite complicated and confusing. You can reduce the complexity of shopping for virus protection by asking a few key questions. How does the antivirus software perform in third-party tests? What features does it have that pertain to my needs? Does it provide support during the times I will need it?

On this site you will find independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software. All products listed in our comparatives are already a selection of some very good security products.

We have personally tested these antivirus software on our simulated systems and we have compiled the data accordingly, which you can view below. Our tech team has several decades of combined antivirus experience, thus enabling them to be extremely proficient in their respective field.

Compare The Top 10 Recommended Antivirus Software below:

Rank
Antivirus Software

Price Detection Rate
Scan Speed Value For Money
Overall Score
McAfee Antivirus Plus
McAfee Antivirus Plus


9/10 9.8/10

98%

2
Eset nod32 Antivirus

ESET nod32 Antivirus 9.6/10 9.8/10 97%
BitDefender Antivirus Plus

BitDefender Antivirus Plus
8.6/10 9.5/10 95%
Kaspersky Antivirus

Kaspersky Antivirus
7.6/10 9.5/10 94.5%
avast! Antivirus Pro

Avast Pro Antivirus
9/10 8.8/10 90%
6
AVG Antivirus

AVG Antivirus
8.3/10 8.5/10 87%
Panda Antivirus Pro

Panda Antivirus Pro
7.8/10 8.3/10 83%
F-Secure Antivirus

F-Secure Antivirus
$39.99 87.5% 8/10 8.1/10 81%
ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall

ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall
7.4/10 8/10 75%
webroot Antivirus + Spy Sweeper

6/10 7.8/10 71%

Why we recommend McAfee Antivirus Plus? Read below!

 

McAfee Antivirus Pros McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 review good points

• Large antivirus database

• Full suite software with extra tools

• Scheduled and real-time scans

• Internet SiteAdvisor warns you against dangerous websites

McAfee Antivirus Cons McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 review bad points

• Hard on system resources

Our verdict

McAfee has been one of the heavy-hitters in computer security for years, and they continue to deliver one of the best Mac and PC security suites in the past decade. McAfee is definitely a recommended antivirus software for any computer users.

Full review

McAfee, one of the world's most recognizable computer security companies, was founded in 1987. The company prides itself on staying at the top of the antivirus market but is it losing its grip? This new version of the McAfee AntiVirus offering gives you decent malware attack protection, plus a lot of added extra features, and a personal firewall. However, this antivirus package scored quite badly in independent tests. We looked carefully at McAfee AntiVirus Plus to see what it does well and what it does badly.

Setup

You purchase the McAfee AntiVirus Plus program on the website, and then download your purchased product. You can also pay for a McAfee back-up CD. We found installation was quick and easy and there wasn’t a problem installing the software on an infected system.

The McAfee AntiVirus system works with Windows XP with service pack 3, Windows Vista with service pack 1, and Windows 7 with service pack 1. You need a 1 GHz processor and 500MB of free disk space.

Protection

McAfee AntiVirus Plus protects against viruses, spyware, rootkits, Trojans and bot-net software. The system also scans removable drives and USBs.

Internet – The McAfee SiteAdvisor Internet protector is a useful addition to the suite of protection. The powerful analysis tools are constantly locating and testing new sites, analyzing the likelihood of spam if you enter your email address and downloading the files for analysis. The McAfee system adds color coding to your search results to tell you if a site is likely to be unsafe. We think the ability to block only the malicious content in an otherwise safe site is particularly useful, as it means you can see safe sites that may have been hacked. However, the software is not so good at detecting phishing sites, which don’t hang around long enough to be tested.

Firewall – A good feature of the McAfee AntiVirus offering is the complete personal firewall. Not every antivirus program offers this.

Effectiveness

Unfortunately McAfee is not so hot on removing threats as other software for viruses. Reviewers have reported that the program leaves behind executable files and sometimes leaves these files running – McAfee came in for particular criticism for its treatment of rootkits.

McAfee is certified by West Coast Labs for virus detection and virus cleaning, and also for picking up malware, Trojans and spyware. McAfee is also certified by ICSA Labs for virus detection. The program achieved certification in eight of the last Virus Bulletin tests. But in the AV-Comparatives.org dynamic test McAfee failed to reach the lowest standard rating. McAfee didn’t receive certification for Windows 7 or Windows XP with the AV-Test.org tests.

Scans & updates

The full scan on the McAfee program takes a little under half an hour – pretty standard for antivirus software. Repeat scans take a few minutes. The system fixes any found problems and asks you if you want to quarantine any programs. You may need to reboot to fully cleanup the system.

There are a number of options to choose from for scanning. You don’t need any particular technological knowledge in order to run scans that will help protect your computer.

Updates are delivered automatically, at times when the computer is not being used heavily.

Features

The McAfee AntiVirus software includes a Digital Data Shredder that goes through your files and permanently destroys them – obviously not an everyday solution to PC security but useful if you lend your PC to a friend or want to have it repaired. There’s also a QuickClean program that deletes temporary files and your browsing traces as well as sent emails. You can preview first what is going to be deleted, then remove the items you want to keep.

Ease of use

This version of McAfee AntiVirus uses a different kind of layout to other antivirus software. The windows to navigate through are narrow and tall, with horizontal “drawer” tabs rather than tabs across the top or down the left-hand side of the screen.

This set-up makes it look distinctive but at times it is a little difficult to navigate. We missed the standard layout sometimes as it is generally easier to keep on track of where you are going and not get lost. However, the software is otherwise easy to use and you can use auto pilot scan modes as well as set up your own scans.

Help & support

There are technical support and customer service options for you to make use of, and we found it was generally easy to get answers to any questions you may have. We noticed that the technical support was basically a trouble-shooting checklist online but the customer service was more extensive.

You can read answers to FAQs and look through video tutorials, as well as chat with customer service advisers or send an email. Both are free and the internet chat is available through office hours, Monday to Friday. You can call daily, during business hours.

Overall

To put it simply, McAfee AntiVirus Plus is best for a clean computer. The software falls down somewhat when it comes to removing malware and rootkits. The firewall addition to the antivirus package is a big advantage, but unless you are desperate for this feature you’ll find the higher-ranked antivirus packages better for the overall protection of your system.

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