McAfee Review

UPDATED Oct. 2021

McAfee has been around since 1987 and is considered one of the pioneers and best companies in the antivirus and computer security business. Today, the company has merged with Intel Security and its antivirus packages are often built into computers like Dell and Lenovo.


Package Information and Features

McAfee offers three great packages – McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Total Protection and McAfee LiveSafe. The AntiVirus Plus package includes the award-winning antivirus program for Windows, free support and it covers all the devices you own with one subscription. The McAfee Total Protection, which is the most comprehensive package, includes all that plus encryption software for the files you wish to protect additionally, the TrueKey app for storing all your user names and passwords, anti-spam program and parental controls.

The McAfee LiveSafe is truly a life saver, just as its name suggests. It works on Windows, Android, iOS and Mac, includes the TrueKey manager we mentioned above, blocks all types of viruses, malware, spyware and undesired programs, as well as ads, protects your WiFi, optimizes your computer, provides data backup and anti-theft protection for mobile devices, and these are just some of the features included in this terrific package. There is also the McAfee Internet Security package which includes everything Total Protection does, except for the encryption software.

Ease of Use

Anyone who’s ever tried McAfee will swear that it’s one of the easiest antivirus programs to use. The program uses a main dashboard that includes all the details you need to know about your antivirus program, scans, updates and potential dangers. Everything is perfectly customizable and incredibly intuitive. Whether you want to check your updates, do a quick scan or a full, all-system scan, it’s all right there in front of you, two clicks away.

In the past, McAfee could not exactly boast the best possible packages and features. Some of their products were known to underperform, but fortunately this hasn’t been the case for a while and the current generation of products is extremely reliable, simple and efficient. For example, all the features in the package are already configured when you install them on your device and there’s no need to reboot. Features like parental control, additional software and apps, scheduled scans and all the settings are very easy to configure and customize and you shouldn’t expect to spend more than several minutes to set the whole thing up. Once you do, the program runs on its own and only reminds you of its existence when there’s an intrusion or a problem and it requires your instructions on what to do.


Reliability and Performance

If you check online reviews and customer feedback, you’ll find that McAfee is extremely satisfying when it comes to reliability, both in terms of real-time checks and traditional forms of protection such as detection through scanning. Upon testing the packages, we can only confirm that it’s definitely true, especially when it comes to classic scanning and virus detection.

As for the resource usage, McAfee is somewhere in the middle, compared to other AV programs on the market. The PC boot scan is relatively fast and the program does not interfere with your computer’s performance even when running a full scan, which can take a while and in the case of some other anti-virus programs, may significantly slow down your device. What puts it in the middle range of products is the fact that the full scans take forever.

Customer Support

McAfee does very well in this department too. They have an extensive FAQ section, good video and written tutorials and provide 24/7 live assistance chat. There is also e-mail support, which is fast and reliable, and the staff is friendly and very helpful. If you encounter any problems you can’t fix yourself, you can download an app called Virtual Assistant which will scan your system and solve your issues for you. As for the phone assistance, bear in mind that it is not free, in fact it will cost you $85.


The McAfee Total Protection package costs $49.99 per year, Internet Security is $79.99 per year and AntiVirus Plus is 59.99. The McAfee LiveSafe is $89.99 per year.

Some may say that these prices are a bit exaggerated but if you actually look at competitive products and compare the features you’re getting, you’ll realize that the packages are actually priced pretty fairly, especially the more advanced ones. Plus, the fact that all packages except AntiVirus Plus include up to three different devices really adds to the value. There is also the money back guarantee and free trial for all packages.


Bottom Line

McAfee is a trustworthy, convenient and reliable anti-virus program. The packages are reasonably priced, especially if you consider the features they include, which are definitely above average. Customer support is great and the programs run smoothly.

While we are still very satisfied with the antivirus we reviewed here, there are many better options that you can find on our Top 10 Best Antivirus Software Of 2016 list.

User Reviews (4)

McAfee customer rating based on 4 user reviews.

The McAfee reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the company reviewed here. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  1. Ann Pennyworth | December 12, 2019

    It came with my new laptop and I must say I’m pretty surprised by the overall performance. These programs were always a mystery to me but here I have it all right on the main dashboard, easy to find and to use. Didn’t choose it but I’ll keep it.

  2. Charles Saylor | October 15, 2019

    After trying a free version of McAfee, I was really satisfied and bought the McAfee Antivirus Plus. However, after a while I noticed that even though the scans are very fast, they seem to slow down my system significantly. The other features are great though, and I find the file shredder especially useful.

  3. Maida Nelson | January 28, 2019

    I’m no expert, but after a friend’s recommendation I decided to give McAfee Antivirus a try. So far it’s kept my computer malware-free, and the scans are super fast, so I’m completely satisfied.

  4. Mae Halfacre | December 21, 2018

    Even though I kept system scans daily, after a few weeks my computer got infected with malware. The scans also slowed the PC down an awful lot, and honestly I expected more features for this price. The ones it does have, like the firewall and file shredder, work pretty well though and were useful. At least that’s my experience.

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McAfee Review
Updated : 2021-10-20
Rating : 8.2/10