McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 review: McAfee AntiSpyware 2006

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Setup and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 finds and removes most spyware, has a clear and intuitive interface, and offers solid help and support options.

The Bad McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 is expensive and requires a system restart for some updates; aggressive attempts to upsell other McAfee programs are built into the interface.

The Bottom Line McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 is a good antispyware choice if you're already using the other parts of McAfee's security suite.

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McAfee AntiSpyware 2006

McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 monitors and detects changes targeted by devious spyware to your PC's system files and Internet security settings. It is one of the few proactive antispyware apps on the market, often prompting you with warnings before potential spyware loads on your system. However, based on testing done by CNET Download.com, McAfee AntiSpyware finished near the middle of our list for removing known spyware but near the bottom overall. McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 costs $19.99 if bought as a download or $29.99 for the boxed version, but these prices are after a $10 rebate, so you'll initially have to plunk down $20 to $30 to purchase the McAfee AntiSpyware product.

Although McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 is marketed as a stand-alone product, we think it works better if you're already using the entire McAfee Internet Security Suite , which includes antivirus and firewall protection. When you install McAfee AntiSpyware, an additional monitoring package, the McAfee SecurityCenter also installs. Without any obvious connection to the AntiSpyware program, the McAfee SecurityCenter seems only to nag you to purchase the other components, such as McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006. Frankly, we can do without this blatant form of advertising.

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McAfee AntiSpyware 2006

Part Number: MAS20E001RAA Released: Jun. 1, 2005

MSRP: $29.99

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  • Release date Jun. 1, 2005
  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC