McAfee VirusScan 2006 review: McAfee VirusScan 2006

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Setup and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good McAfee VirusScan 2006 provides aggressive scanning to catch spyware before it installs; improved subscription model entitles you to feature upgrades through the life of your subscription.

The Bad McAfee VirusScan 2006's user interface overemphasizes the company's other products; provides relatively slow full system scans.

The Bottom Line With VirusScan 2006, McAfee greatly enhances user protection against spyware and adware threats but slows your system down in the process.

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McAfee VirusScan 2006

McAfee's VirusScan 2006 offers some welcome improvements over McAfee VirusScan 2005 . Most notably, VirusScan 2006 continuously scans for spyware, even alerting you before the spyware is installed. Like Norton AntiVirus 2006, McAfee VirusScan has a new subscription model, so you'll receive software upgrades for the life of your subscription. However, the cluttered McAfee user interface and relatively slow full system scans will likely turn off new users. But for VirusScan aficionados, McAfee VirusScan is a most welcome upgrade.

McAfee VirusScan 2006 installs easily, either as a boxed product or via the Web. The software places an icon in the system tray that lets you easily access the software's functions, either by right-clicking to bring up a menu or double-clicking. To run a scan, you load the McAfee VirusScan icon; to configure your virus scan, however, you'll need to bring up the McAfee Security Center. Unfortunately, the Security Center devotes lots of screen real estate to McAfee's other products, such as McAfee SpamKiller and McAfee Personal Firewall, whether you have these installed or not. Using the Security Center sometimes feels like you're being bombarded by a never-ending sales pitch.

To combat a full spectrum of malware, McAfee VirusScan 2006 scans incoming and outgoing e-mail. We found this feature to be a bit too sensitive, alerting us whenever we sent out too many e-mail messages with similar subject or content, though this feature can be disabled.

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McAfee VirusScan 2006

Part Number: 731944548395 Released: 15 Aug 2005
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  • Release date 15 Aug 2005
  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC