McAfee SpamKiller 6.0 review: McAfee SpamKiller 6.0

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Setup and interface: 5.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Does an OK job filtering out junk mail.

The Bad Poor installation routine; installs McAfee advertising; doesn't integrate into e-mail clients.

The Bottom Line SpamKiller's day has come and gone. Without a major overhaul, this filter just can't keep up with the competition.

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McAfee SpamKiller 6.0

At one time, McAfee SpamKiller was the most reliable antispam weapon in our arsenal. That time has passed. Poor installation, mediocre performance, and some annoying technical glitches make McAfee SpamKiller 6.0 a poor choice. We recommend MailFrontier Desktop instead.

When you install SpamKiller, you're also installing McAfee's Security Center, a secondary desktop window that provides occasional security alerts but mostly exists to promote other McAfee products. This year, we were unable to remove Security Center without also uninstalling SpamKiller--so if you choose to install this product, you're stuck with the whole thing.

SpamKiller creates its own accounts for your existing e-mail addresses and clients, meaning that your e-mail is filtered through another system before it reaches your in-box. That's fine, except the setup program found outdated e-mail account information on our test machine, which we then had to correct. To complete installation, you have to open your e-mail software and manually change your POP server settings to check these SpamKiller accounts instead of your original e-mail accounts. Beginners would easily be flummoxed by this process.

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McAfee SpamKiller 6.0

Part Number: MSK60E001RAA

MSRP: $29.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC