The Good Two massive steps in the right direction kick off the 2010 version of Total Protection: the new interface and the overhauled performance. This version should go a long way to fixing McAfee's battered reputation.
The Bad It might not be clear enough that running a full scan when installing will significantly speed up later scans. There's not much in the way of easily accessible live support, either, so if something goes wrong, it may take a while to get a human on the phone.
The Bottom Line McAfee Total Protection 2010 hits many of the right notes. It's easy to use and it's effective, but years of below-average releases will likely leave many users unwilling to give it a try.
McAfee Total Protection 2010 (1 User)
Editors' note: Additional information has been added to the support section of the review since it was originally published. However, the final score for McAfee Total Protection 2010 remains unchanged.
McAfee debuts its 2010 product line today, introducing an overhauled interface and new features in a bid to remain competitive. The change to its interface is as dramatic a shift as the one that Avast introduced in its 2010 suites, although McAfee's new veritcal look is drastically different from any major security program currently on the market. Most of the features in McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, and McAfee Total Protection are not new, but the presentation is so radical that the improvements are likely to be glossed over. Older users of McAfee should note that VirusScan Plus has been renamed AntiVirus Plus.
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