McAfee Total Protection 2007 review: McAfee Total Protection 2007

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3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Covers security from just about every angle. Simplified control console.

The Bad Runs very poorly on older systems.

The Bottom Line McAfee Total Protection 2007 does what it says on the label -- it protects your PC from all sorts of nasty attacks, albeit at a fairly high cost to your system performance, especially on older PCs.

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A name like "Total Protection" should inspire confidence -- it's the main hook for a number of toothpaste manufacturers, not to mention condom companies. McAfee's Total Protection suite essentially bundles all of the company's consumer PC offerings into one big box -- or one file download -- with options for either single or three PC install bundles.

Like most Internet security suites, installation of McAfee Total Protection is a somewhat drawn-out process. We tested the boxed version of the product -- and by boxed, we're talking the typical large cardboard box with a paper-cased CD inside and not much else -- and on our test system it took around 30 minutes to get all of the aspects of Total Protection up and running. One useful factor here is that Total Security performs a simple virus scan prior to installing any components at all. Naturally, that won't pick any new viruses since the disc was pressed (although there's presumably scope for the download version to incorporate this), but it's good to know that your system is at least partially clean before you give any security suite access to the inner workings of your PC.

Total Security isn't a program that plays well with other children -- our test system had a copy of LavaSoft Ad-Aware SE running on it, and the installer gave us the option of either removing it (which we did) or skipping the entire McAfee Anti-Virus install completely. That seems a little harsh to us, although it does point to how closely the spyware and antivirus components are integrated within the Total Protection package. One nice factor that's changed from McAfee products of recent years is that Internet Explorer is no longer a vital web component for upgrades; previous tested editions have tended to have problems with Firefox, but Total Protection updated with no problems for us.

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McAfee Total Protection 2007

Part Number: 190657

Typical Price: $129.95

See manufacturer website for availability.