McAfee antivirus review (2022)

Tom's Guide Verdict

McAfee's antivirus lineup provides decent malware protection, but some other brands do it better.

Pros

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    Unlimited VPN service, identity-theft protection

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    New protection against tech-support scams

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    Tight, clean interface

Cons

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    Heavy system impact during scans

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    No webcam protection or hardened browser

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    Some features don't work if you turn off auto-renewal

McAfee: Specs

Malware protection: Good
System impact, background: Light
System impact, scans: Heavy
Windows compatibility: 7 through 10
Anti-theft: No
Backup software: No
File encryption: Yes
File shredder: Yes
Firewall: Yes
Game mode: No
Hardened/secure browser: No
Parental controls: Yes
Password manager: Yes
Performance scanner: Yes
Ransomware rollback: Yes
System optimizer: Yes
Webcam protection: No
Virtual keyboard: No
VPN: Yes
Wi-Fi scanner: Yes
Support options: 24/7 phone, chat

With an emphasis on protecting multiple machines on multiple platforms, McAfee's antivirus programs do much more than the minimum.

They offer good, if not perfect, malware detection, and recently added features such as unlimited virtual private network (VPN) service and identity-theft protection complement the newly streamlined interface.

On the other hand, McAfee uses a lot of system resources during scans and lacks some security features found with other brands, including dedicated webcam protection and a hardened browser for online shopping and banking.

Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton's programs are among the best antivirus suites that offer more features with better malware protection and lighter scans.

One more thing: McAfee's VPN and identity-theft protection, plus its money-back guarantee, are available only if you let your McAfee subscription automatically renew. In other words, you won't get everything you pay for unless you commit ahead of time to paying for it again.

Read on for the rest of our McAfee review.

McAfee: Costs and what's covered

McAfee has no free antivirus program, but you can try out McAfee Total Protection for 30 days for free.

The product range starts with McAfee AntiVirus, which covers a single Windows PC for $40 per year. It's got dedicated ransomware protection, a file shredder, a system optimizer and a two-way firewall, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Edge and Firefox that warn of unsafe websites, tech-support scams and risky social-media links.

Check our McAfee promo codes for ways to save on your order.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus has the same features but covers up to 10 devices (in our experience, an unlimited number) for $60 per year and includes Mac, iOS and Android software — a bargain for any person or family with many devices. (We have separate reviews of McAfee's Mac and Android programs.)

McAfee Internet Security adds the True Key password manager (also reviewed separately) and an email spam filter. The program costs $60 per year for one device, $80 per year for three and $90 per year to protect 10 systems.

McAfee's flagship Total Protection and LiveSafe programs are similar, but while Total Protection is sold at retail, LiveSafe often comes with new PCs as a trial subscription.

Both include Safe Family parental controls, identity-theft protection (for U.S. customers only) and unlimited access to McAfee's virtual private network (VPN), but you've got to keep the McAfee subscription auto-renewal activated for the last two features. Neither the VPN nor the parental controls work with McAfee's Mac software.

While LiveSafe covers an unlimited number of devices for $120 per year, Total Protection has four different packages.

The $80 yearly Single Device subscription protects one PC but lacks file encryption or identity-theft protection. To get those, you'll need the $100 Individual/Couples package that covers five computers. For $120 per year, the Family plan covers 10 systems and adds Safe Family parental controls; its VPN use is limited to five users.

At the top of the pyramid is McAfee's $160 Total Protection Ultimate subscription, which adds Identity Theft Protection Plus, which includes credit-bureau monitoring and up to $1,000,000 for identity restoration.

Considering that the best identity-theft protection services costs hundreds per year, this isn't a bad deal. Total Protection Ultimate covers 10 devices but also restricts VPN access to five users.

A stand-alone program, McAfee Gamer Security, costs $60 a year for a single Windows PC and balances online security with all-out performance. It uses McAfee's cloud resources to avoid placing an undue burden on your CPU. Once again, you get the VPN, identity protection and money-back guarantee if you leave the auto-renewal option on.

Like most antivirus software, McAfee products are often available at substantial discounts. Some programs may be easier to find at third-party retailers than on the McAfee website.

McAfee software works with Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1) through Windows 10. (McAfee Gamer Security requires Windows 10 version 1809 or later.) Software for other platforms supports macOS 10.12 through 10.15 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later. McAfee Mobile Security for iPhones and iPads supports iOS 10 or later, but it isn't an antivirus app.

McAfee: Antivirus protection

All five McAfee antivirus products scan for known malware and use cloud computing and machine learning to spot brand-new malware and other dangerous items. Updates for the McAfee malware scanner go out several times daily to the company's 500 million consumer and business users.

To keep McAfee's database current, the malware scanner on your machine will send new potential threats to McAfee servers. The scanner collects data only on threats you encounter and ignores your browsing history, passwords and other personal information, according to McAfee. Some antivirus brands let you opt out of this, but not McAfee.

McAfee's Ransom Guard looks for suspicious file changes and quickly makes copies of targeted files if it suspects a ransomware attack. Advanced Malware Detection can speed the detection and distribution of a defense to the company's subscribers.

McAfee: Antivirus performance

McAfee's malware-detection rates are generally a half-step behind those of rival brands Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton, although they have been improving recently.

In tests conducted by the independent German lab AV-Test in May and June 2020, McAfee's scanner found all known, or "widespread," malware samples thrown at it but detected only 98.8% of the new "zero-day" samples in May. It scored 100% on the June zero-days.

But in the next three bimonthly rounds of tests from July through December 2020, McAfee sailed through with 100% in both categories each time, matching the best. Some other brands that had less-than-perfect results have been getting better as well.

Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Trend Micro and even Microsoft's Windows Defender had perfect 100% malware-detection scores in all eight months of tests.

Latest test results as of January 2021
Malware detection rates AV-Test zero-day AV-Test widespread AV-Comparatives SE Labs
Bitdefender 100% 100% 99.6% n/a
ESET 100% 100%99.3% n/a
Kaspersky 100% 100%99.7%100%
McAfee 100% 100%98.5%100%
Microsoft 100% 100%99.5%97%
Norton 100% 100%99.5%100%
Sophos100% 100%98.3% 86%
Trend Micro 100% 100%100% 92%

McAfee was a bit short of perfection in Austrian lab AV-Comparatives' most recent tests. It detected an average of 98.5% of online malware in monthly tests from July through October 2020. Among the six other paid antivirus brands were normally review, only Sophos did worse, and that was on the enterprise rather than the consumer tests.

Bitdefender, ESET, Kaspersky, Norton and even Microsoft each scored more than 99%. Trend Micro scored 100% but racked up 63 false positives, indicating that its detection engine might be a little too sensitive.

McAfee got perfect scores in the most recent (October-December 2020) test results from U.K.-based SE Labs (opens in new tab), matching only Kaspersky. But whereas the latter had perfect scores all year, McAfee fell short in SE Labs' previous 2020 rounds, letting five pieces of malware infect test systems.

Of the other brands in SE Labs' most recent tests that we review, Norton detected everything but was docked points for false positives and neutralizing rather than blocking one piece of malware. Trend Micro let through two pieces of malware, and Sophos a whopping eight.

Bitdefender and ESET were not tested. Microsoft, which we review alongside free antivirus software, let one piece of malware infect a system.

McAfee: Security and privacy features

Each of McAfee's products do the protection basics well but lack features many competitors have. The Identity tab in the McAfee software interface consolidates the program's privacy features, including the file shredder, password manager and Tracker Remover, plus a data shredder with three levels of erasure for getting rid of inconvenient or embarrassing files.

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Vulnerability Management looks for old firmware, weak passwords and other potential flaws in your apps and system software. There's also anti-phishing protection and a two-way firewall that replaces the Microsoft one.

McAfee's Home Network Management shows you devices that are connected to your Wi-Fi, identified by IP address. It also can block outsiders trying to burrow into your home LAN. McAfee's App Boost makes programs run faster by reprioritizing system resources, while the Web Boost browser extension for Edge, Chrome and Firefox blocks unrequested downloads.

McAfee Internet Security adds an email filter to stop spam and phishing attempts, while LiveSafe and Total Protection (for five or more devices) add file encryption.

McAfee's True Key password manager comes with Internet Security and all Total Protection and LiveSafe packages. The Safe Connect VPN comes with LiveSafe and the 5-device (or more) versions of Total Protection.

The VPN client software works across all platforms and uses the infrastructure of TunnelBear, a Toronto-based stand-alone VPN service that McAfee owns. It's a good deal considering that a TunnelBear subscription costs $60 a year on its own.

You can connect to servers in two dozen countries. It took 5 seconds for me to connect to a local server in the New York area, although my data speed dropped from 188Mbps to 90Mbps.

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Safe Family parental controls come with LiveSafe and the 10-user version of Total Protection. It filters websites based on a child's age and a personal profile, and also limits screen time, locates children's phones and schedules app blocking. On its own, Safe Family costs $50 a year.

McAfee's Identity Theft Protection Essentials (ITPE) monitors the dark Web for your personal information. It comes with LiveSafe and the 5- and 10-device Total Protection packs; the top Ultimate Total Protection plan includes Identity Theft Protection Plus, which will reimburse you up to $1,000,000 for the costs of restoring your identity.

McAfee: Performance and system impact

To measure McAfee Total Protection's impact on system performance, we used our custom benchmark test, which clocks how long it takes to match 20,000 names and addresses on a spreadsheet. Our testbed was a Lenovo ThinkPad T470 with a 2.5-GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 250GB of solid-state storage containing 63GB of files.

Prior to McAfee's installation, our test took an average of 10.1 seconds to finish, which we used as our baseline. After we loaded McAfee Total Protection, that completion time rose to 11.0 seconds, an acceptable background performance decline of 8.9%. Bitdefender Total Security had twice the background impact.

However, the benchmark completion time rose to 19.8 seconds during a McAfee full scan and 14.0 seconds during a quick scan. The former is among the biggest performance penalties we've seen caused by antivirus software, representing a decline of 96% from the baseline and 80% from the post-installation score.

System performance impact as of January 2021
System hit Post-installation Full scan Quick scan
Bitdefender 19% 33% 31%
ESET 2%12% n/a
Kaspersky 12% 26% 22%
McAfee 9% 96% 37%
Norton 5% 51% 22%
Sophos 6% 47% n/a
Trend Micro 4% 57% 35%

To put it another way, the CPU performed about half as fast during a McAfee full scan as before McAfee was installed. By comparison, Bitdefender's full scan slowed the system by about a third, and Kaspersky's by only about a quarter.

McAfee's quick scan was still heavy, but not abnormally so, with performance hits of 39% from the baseline and 27% from the background impact.

Fortunately, McAfee's scans are over quickly. After the initial full scan, during which McAfee Total Protection took an hour to index the entire drive's 366,872 files, subsequent full scans took an average of 4 minutes and 5 seconds, about midway between Kaspersky and Bitdefender.

McAfee's quick scan took 1:33 to look at 7,247 files and stayed at roughly that duration regardless of how many times we ran it.

McAfee: Interface

McAfee's latest interface is more efficient than previous versions, consolidating defenses for PC (Antivirus, Firewall, Secure Apps and App Boost), Web (Browser Security, Web Boost, Tracker Remover and Secure VPN) and Identity (Password Manager, File Shredder and File Lock encryption).

There's no overall appraisal of your security status, as you might see with other antivirus brands, but each major section has useful information. The Settings section has so many options that only one-third of them at a time fit on an HD screen.

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McAfee's taskbar icon can update the software, use the VPN, change settings for real-time scanning and the firewall and even connect you to the company's online support website.

McAfee: Installation and support

Installing McAfee Total Protection starts with a trip to the company website or to a third-party retailer. You've got to enter credit-card information or an activation code, then create a McAfee account.

McAfee's auto-renewal policy sets you up to pay for another subscription when the current one expires. It's easy to change this after the software is installed but leaving it on is required to use McAfee's VPN and identity-theft protection features.

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The beachhead installer is only 41.2MB, but it downloads the rest of the files needed for the installation process. When the circular progress gauge is finished, the program puts you on the dashboard page, ready to run a scan.

McAfee's tech support crew works with Twitter and Facebook but won't reply to emails. They do offer 24/7 chat and telephone access 24/7, and there's a deep FAQ library. McAfee guarantees your money back if its software can't clean up your system — but, again, only if you don't turn off the subscription auto-renewal.

McAfee review: Bottom line

From its basic Antivirus through Internet Security to Total Protection and LiveSafe, McAfee's software and services hit most of the hot buttons for the security-conscious, often at a bargain rate considering how many devices can be covered by a single license.

The only major chinks in McAfee's online armor are the lack of a dedicated defense against webcam hijacking or a hardened browser for online commerce, plus the fact that some other brands detect more malware. It's also a bit stinky that the VPN and identity-theft protection won't work if you turn off subscription auto-renewals.

Overall, McAfee's protections are good, but programs from Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton provide more complete coverage and better malware detection.

Updated with new lab-test results. This review was originally published Jan. 22, 2021.

Brian Nadel is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in technology reporting and reviewing. He works out of the suburban New York City area and has covered topics from nuclear power plants and Wi-Fi routers to cars and tablets. The former editor-in-chief of Mobile Computing and Communications, Nadel is the recipient of the TransPacific Writing Award.

FAQs

Is McAfee antivirus good enough? ›

Overall, McAfee's antivirus scanner is among the very best on the market. If you're looking for reliable protection against both known and zero-day threats, McAfee is a really good choice, with perfect malware detection rates, fast scans, and simple scan scheduling.

What are the disadvantages of McAfee? ›

The biggest limitation of McAfee's offerings is that they take up a lot of memory, which can hamstring your ability to use your PC when its services are running. The real-time protection it offers will slow down all other processes you are using, and the longer it is on, the more slowly your other programs run.

Is there a better antivirus than McAfee? ›

While McAfee is a good all-round product, Norton comes in at a similar price point with better protection scores and slightly more useful security features such as a VPN, webcam protection, and ransomware protection, so I would give Norton the edge.

Can I trust McAfee total protection? ›

Conclusion. McAfee is an excellent security suite. It offers high-quality protection, the price is right, performance is good, and there are a few nice extra features such as a VPN, file shredder, app update checker, and a home network scanner.

Does McAfee block all viruses? ›

McAfee Virus Removal Service detects and eliminates viruses, Trojans, spyware and other malware easily and quickly from your PC. It also applies security updates to your operating system and your security software when necessary.

Does McAfee stop all viruses? ›

Our antivirus software does a full system scan to remove viruses, Trojans, spyware, rootkits and more. Your PC gets a complete security check, helping ensure that all threats have been removed.

Why is McAfee at risk? ›

If your McAfee software detects a problem, you see an At risk exclamation point. Your protection status in the Security Center might change from green to either red or gray. In this case, the McAfee Firewall is disabled.

Does McAfee slow down laptop? ›

Although McAfee is an efficient antivirus, it still slows down your PC. In contrast, Microsoft Defender is part of Windows itself and doesn't affect computer performance as much as other antivirus software.

Is McAfee better than a VPN? ›

It should come as no surprise that NordVPN emerged victorious in this McAfee vs NordVPN comparison. It's superior in all aspects and does not leave users disappointed. On the other hand, McAfee VPN is cheaper and provides slightly more options for contacting customer service.

What is the number 1 rated antivirus? ›

To help protect your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer, here's our rating of the Best Antivirus Software of 2022:
  • #1 Bitdefender.
  • #2 Norton.
  • #3 Kaspersky.
  • #4 ESET.
  • #5 Webroot.
  • #5 Avast.
  • #5 McAfee.
  • #5 Trend Micro.
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What is the actual best antivirus? ›

  • Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. Best Overall Antivirus. ...
  • Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. Best for a Small Footprint. ...
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Best for Multi-Device Households. ...
  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus. Best for Techies. ...
  • G Data Antivirus. Best Breadth of Features. ...
  • Malwarebytes Premium. ...
  • Norton AntiVirus Plus. ...
  • Sophos Home Premium.

What is the top 1 antivirus? ›

McAfee Antivirus Plus is our top choice for multiple devices because its subscriptions offer protection for every device in the home for a reasonable cost.

Is McAfee better than Norton? ›

Norton is better for security, performance, and extra features. If you want the best protection in 2022, go with Norton. McAfee has better customer support than Norton. If you want a secure, feature-rich, and beginner-friendly internet security suite, go with McAfee.

Does McAfee clean your computer? ›

McAfee Total Protection is an antivirus software that comes with a PC cleaner and a file shredder. The PC cleaner deletes temporary internet files and broken shortcuts, and it removes unneeded registry keys that you don't need.

Can McAfee block hackers? ›

What software prevents hackers? Software such as Bitdefender, McAfee, Norton Antivirus, and VIPRE prevents hackers. There is no way to guarantee that hackers won't penetrate your devices, but these methods significantly decrease the likelihood of a hacking.

Why does McAfee block so many? ›

The blocked connections are incoming network connections that the McAfee Firewall blocked because they're untrusted. They are not viruses. To see if any viruses were detected on your PC: Open the Security History page as described above.

Does McAfee scan for Trojans? ›

Manually detecting and removing all files related to a Trojan can be difficult, but you can use the security software McAfee and its Internet Security module to scan your computer and remove these threats.

Is Windows Defender as good as McAfee? ›

Bottom Line: McAfee provides an excellent anti-malware engine with lots of internet security extras that Windows Defender doesn't have. The Smart Firewall, Wi-Fi scanner, VPN, and anti-phishing protections are all significantly better than Microsoft's built-in tools.

Does McAfee lie about viruses? ›

"McAfee - Your PC is infected with 5 viruses!" is an online scam. It claims that users' devices have been infected due to an outdated McAfee subscription. Usually, the goal of such scams is to trick them into installing or purchasing unreliable, nonoperational, harmful, or even malicious software.

Is McAfee owned by China? ›

McAfee Corp. (/ˈmækəfiː/ MA-kə-fee), formerly known as McAfee Associates, Inc. from 1987 to 1997 and 2004 to 2014, Network Associates Inc. from 1997 to 2004, and Intel Security Group from 2014 to 2017, is an American global computer security software company headquartered in San Jose, California.

Does McAfee make fake virus alert? ›

These messages are 'spoofed' (fake) messages that pretend to be from McAfee and try to make you click one of their options. TIP: If you click the options in a fake pop-up or alert, the security of your PC might be compromised.

Should I get McAfee for my laptop? ›

Antivirus is necessary even if you're on a Mac or Windows device, which both come with some level of virus protection built in. For total protection with endpoint protection and response, and blocks against malware and potentially unwanted programs, it's best to install a third-party antivirus software.

Why is McAfee so laggy? ›

McAfee might be slowing down your computer because you have automatic scanning enabled. Scanning the computer for infections while you are trying to do other tasks could be too much for your system if you don't have enough memory or you have a slow processor.

Should I delete McAfee? ›

I suggest getting rid of it. As long as you have a good antivirus running and your firewall is enabled, you're mostly fine, regardless of whatever marketing-speak they throw at you when you try to uninstall it. Do yourself a favor and keep your computer clean.

How much does McAfee cost per year? ›

Free Trial Terms: At the end of your trial period you will be charged $39.99 for the first term. After the first term, you will be automatically renewed at the renewal price (currently $109.99/yr). We will charge you 7-days before renewal.

Does Windows 11 need antivirus? ›

Yes, we recommend all Windows devices use antivirus software. Currently, the only antivirus software known to be compatible with Windows 11 in S mode is the version that comes with it: Windows Defender Security Center.

Do I need VPN with McAfee? ›

We recommend using a VPN when you're connecting to untrusted, public Wi-Fi networks such as at airports, cafés, and hotels. Using a VPN to protect your personal data is especially important if you plan on making any purchases or financial transactions while connected.

Is Kaspersky better than McAfee? ›

In the malware test, Kaspersky recorded a 99.90 percent success rate at protecting a PC from malware. This score ranks Kaspersky in the middle tier of all antivirus brands analyzed in this test. In the Real World Protection test, McAfee also came out on top, protecting against 99.8 percent of online threats.

What is the strongest Antivirus for Windows 10? ›

Best Antivirus for Windows 10 in 2022
  1. 14 best windows 10 antivirus apps. ...
  2. Norton Antivirus Plus. ...
  3. TotalAV Antivirus. ...
  4. McAfee Total Protection. ...
  5. VIPRE Advanced Security. ...
  6. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. ...
  7. Kaspersky Internet Security. ...
  8. Panda Antivirus [Panda Dome]
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Which antivirus is best and cheapest? ›

QUICK HEAL Renewal 1 PC PC 3 Years Anti-virus (Email De... Kaspersky New Subscription 3 PC 3 Years Anti-virus (Ema... Kaspersky New Subscription 1 PC 1 Year Anti-virus (Emai... McAfee Total Protection 2022 3 PC VPN, Password Manager...

Which is better Bitdefender or McAfee? ›

Bitdefender — Winner in Performance, Extra Features, and Price. If you're looking for a powerful anti-malware engine with excellent internet security protections inside a very intuitive dashboard, go with Bitdefender. McAfee — Winner in VPN, Password Manager, and iOS App.

Is McAfee worth it 2021? ›

Yes. McAfee is a good antivirus and worth the investment. It offers an extensive security suite that will keep your computer safe from malware and other online threats. It works really well on Windows, Android, Mac and iOS and the McAfee LiveSafe plan works on an unlimited number of personal devices.

Does Windows 10 need antivirus? ›

Does Windows 10 need antivirus? Although Windows 10 has built-in antivirus protection in the form of Windows Defender, it still needs additional software, either Defender for Endpoint or a third-party antivirus.

Which antivirus slows down computer the least? ›

Of the antivirus programs we tested, the lightest one is ESET Smart Security Premium which slowed our test laptop down by about 12 percent during active scans. ESET is also one of our picks for the best antivirus software overall.

Do you need McAfee on Windows 10? ›

If I'm running Windows 10, do I need antivirus software? The general answer is no, you don't need to use McAfee or Norton if you're using Windows 10 – but you might want to, anyway. Because you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting against viruses, malware, and ransomware attacks.

Which antivirus is made by a Chinese company? ›

360 Safeguard (Chinese: 360安全卫士) and 360 Total Security is a program developed by Qihoo 360, an internet security company based in China. 360 Safeguard's focus is on stopping malware such as computer viruses and trojan horses, and providing security patches for Microsoft Windows.

What should I replace McAfee with? ›

Top 10 Alternatives to McAfee AntiVirus Plus
  • K7 Antivirus.
  • Total Defense Anti-Virus.
  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
  • Symantec End-user Endpoint Security.
  • Adguard.
  • Malwarebytes for Business.
  • ESET PROTECT Advanced.
  • Webroot Business Endpoint Protection.

Does McAfee slow internet? ›

McAfee antivirus can provide complete protection but the side effects of this program is constant and includes slow PC performance. In other words, it can make your device work much slower than the normal pace.

Is it worth paying for virus protection? ›

Premium security tools are much better suited to today's internet threat landscape—particularly if you're not the most experienced user. That's why premium antivirus apps are especially great for families. Children and seniors are often targeted by identity theft scams.

What are the disadvantages of antivirus? ›

Drawbacks of Antivirus :
  • System Slowdown – Using an antivirus program means tons of resources from the memory and therefore the disk drive is getting used. ...
  • No Complete Protection – ...
  • Security Holes – ...
  • Limited Detection Techniques – ...
  • Frequent Advertisements – ...
  • No Customer Support –
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Is it worth it to uninstall McAfee? ›

I suggest getting rid of it. As long as you have a good antivirus running and your firewall is enabled, you're mostly fine, regardless of whatever marketing-speak they throw at you when you try to uninstall it. Do yourself a favor and keep your computer clean.

Is McAfee safe or a virus? ›

McAfee is considered one of the best antivirus tools by security experts and users alike. It has excellent malware detection rates, lots of extra features like a password manager and a VPN, and helpful customer support. Also, our own experience shows that it's really easy to set up and use.

What are the disadvantages of free antivirus software? ›

Free antivirus programs usually have limited customer support. This means that if you have a problem with the program, you may not be able to get help from the company. However, there are often online forums where you can get help from other program users.

Why you shouldnt use anti virus? ›

The problem, from the perspective of the browser makers, is that antivirus software is incredibly invasive. Antivirus, in an attempt to catch viruses before they can infect your system, forcibly hooks itself into other pieces of software on your computer, such as your browser, word processor, or even the OS kernel.

Is it really necessary to have antivirus? ›

Antivirus is necessary even if you're on a Mac or Windows device, which both come with some level of virus protection built in. For total protection with endpoint protection and response, and blocks against malware and potentially unwanted programs, it's best to install a third-party antivirus software.

Is it worth having an antivirus? ›

In most cases, you should cough up the cash. Depending on your device's operating system, adding antivirus protection beyond what's built in ranges from a good idea to an absolute necessity. Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS all include protection against malware, in one way or another.

Why do people uninstall McAfee? ›

It could be because it uses up too much of the computer's resources or that it just isn't as good as the Defender. Lastly, some people want to have other antivirus apps on their devices. To be honest, nowadays, you won't hear the name “McAfee” as much as Avast, AVG, Norton, or Malwarebytes.

Do I need McAfee if I have Windows Defender? ›

It is up to you, you may use Windows Defender Anti-Malware, Windows Firewall or use McAfee Anti-Malware and McAfee Firewall. But if you want to use Windows Defender, you have full protection and you could completely remove McAfee.

Does McAfee clean your computer? ›

McAfee Total Protection is an antivirus software that comes with a PC cleaner and a file shredder. The PC cleaner deletes temporary internet files and broken shortcuts, and it removes unneeded registry keys that you don't need.

Which is the best anti virus? ›

  • Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. Best Overall Antivirus. ...
  • Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. Best for a Small Footprint. ...
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Best for Multi-Device Households. ...
  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus. Best for Techies. ...
  • G Data Antivirus. Best Breadth of Features. ...
  • Malwarebytes Premium. ...
  • Norton AntiVirus Plus. ...
  • Sophos Home Premium.

Which antivirus is free for lifetime? ›

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