McAfee is a big name in antivirus computer protection, and for good reasons. With over 5,000 employees, it is the world's largest company that is dedicated solely to security technology. The company was founded in 1987 after programmer John McAfee began working on software that would combat computer viruses.

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The Good

  • Variety of devices
  • Great features
  • Ad protection

McAfee offers extensive security software for a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. The company sells a variety of other products and services, such as PC utilities and troubleshooting services. McAfee also runs daily security tests on certain websites, protecting site operators and users from identity theft, credit fraud, adware, spam, and scams.

The software has all the basic features you would expect from an antivirus company, as well as some attractive "extras." It protects computer files, email, and web downloads from known viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware with tested accuracy and reliability, detecting 100% of the AV-Test reference set of widespread malware. The firewall has buffer overflow protection for the most vulnerable situations, preventing software exploits in hotspots. McAfee's ad protection detects
hidden iFrame code, which stops cybercrime network ads from loading, and most of the products have identity security and parental controls. Additionally, McAfee's All Access package offers complete mobile protection, password manager, and secure cloud storage.

The Bad

  • Low score
  • Renewal system issues

When it comes to detecting new threats, no antivirus product is perfect. McAfee actually scored lower than average in AV-Test's "Real World" testing of 0-day malware attacks, even though the tests within AV-Comparatives have indicated that McAfee is "advanced" in that area. McAfee is a long-standing antivirus company, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily on the cutting edge of virus detection.

There have been complaints about McAfee's default subscription renewal system, which automatically re-subscribes customers for another year of service once the subscription is over. It's simple enough to turn the renewal off, but some might consider that an inconvenience. (By the way, if your subscription is automatically renewed you can contact customer support for a refund within 60 days, and McAfee will refund the full subscription price!)

The Bottom Line

McAfee is a well-known, trusted brand to consider for computer protection. The software performance measures up to that of competitors, and protection is available for most operating systems and devices.

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Great service. Highly recommend. I ran into a complication and their customer service was able to resolve quick and effectively.

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I use this for my HP laptop and I was able to eliminate the viruses that were previously there and allow it to run smoothly

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McAfee antivirus is one of the more reliable antivirus softwares out there. There will always be exceptions in getting a virus every now and then on one’s computer, but McAfee is one of the safest bets around.

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McAfee helped rid my laptop of a virus during high school super quick. No hassle.

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Nora Holland

March 9th, 2020 Mount Olive, MS

Anytime I download something this software is always scanning for bugs. If it wasn’t for this then I would probably have a lot of viruses.

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I had McAfee on my old computer and it did the job but it was a little pricey for my liking.

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McAfee was good while I had it, but after I stopped paying for the subscription occasionally I would get pop up adds to renew it

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I had McAfee antivirus installed on my computer for years and found that there were many better options I could use. It was fairly simple to use, but I found that it didn’t always work. I would advise for you to use another antivirus.

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McAfee really helped me with protecting viruses on my computer, but it could use a little tweaking on its system. The employees were nice and the idea of it was awesome but not executed as good as it could have been.

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I have been using this software on my computer and it has been able to protect me from many viruses. I found that my computer ran a lot smoother and faster once I began using it.

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Natalia Correa MDTribe

March 4th, 2020 Tallahassee, FL

I have used McAfee before on some of my devices and it has always worked. I never experienced any issues with it!

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McAfee is a great cyber security system and it keeps my computer protected from all viruses

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McAfee is a great security system. I would use for all my computers as it is very reliable and on the chips.

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This software was great. There were several time the kids downloaded something with a virus that was caught and cleaned up with McAfee. It saved our computer.

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Used your software on my last computer. It was fine. It came pre loaded so it was fine. Never really had any issues with it.

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My computer slowed down and started freezing even after downloading this software. Very disappointed in the quality of product

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I had this Antivirus system for years , no mayor problems, good value for money.

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it anti-virus software is very functional and effectively guards my computer from virus invasion. I installed it in my home computers.

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Must have!! Over the years I have tried different antivirus softwares, but this one is the most reliable and effective. Highly recommend

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McAfee is the most trusted name in software. I have been so impressed with accuracy, delivery of software protection, and intuitive programming. This product has been so helpful in keeping my computer safeguarded with relevant services. Will buy from again as its proven to be a wise investment and decision.

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We’ve used McAfee more than any other antivirus software. It’s done a fantastic job keeping our computer clean and free of spyware.

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Audrey Mitchell

February 3rd, 2020 Managua, MN

Used McAfee on the computers at my work. It worked great and kept my computer safe from any viruses or harmful software that tried to be downloaded.

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When I installed McAfee, I had two viruses on my computer and I worked with customer service to help get rid of viruses and protect against more.

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Seth

January 29th, 2020 Managua, MN

Easy to use and I have never had and problems with my computer. I don’t pay for the expensive service and it still works well.

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I used to have this on my computer and I felt like it was very secure. However it was a little pricy but worth it.

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January 20th, 2020 Long Beach, MS DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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I have used McAfee for years. It provides a good service for a fair price. It does what it states and more. I would recommend this to anyone.

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January 20th, 2020 Jackson, MS DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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Great pricing when running deals for yearly plans to update protection service. They also do a great job at reminding you when it’s almost time to renew subscriptions.

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We have this on all of computers and laptops. It does an ok job, we still have pop ups but our computers have been protected enough for our family.

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June 11th, 2019 Logan, UT

Worked great for the time that I had it computer did not get any viruses good pop up blocker

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Seems to be the internet standard in Security programs. have them on my phone and my PC. Never had a challenge with them. Would recomment

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I’ve used McAfee for the last 10+ years in keeping my computer protected. They make it easy to install and update, happy with the service, will continue to use as long as they keep my PC safe!

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Ray Hansen

September 24th, 2018 Los Angeles, CA

It always pops up on my computer and never leaves me alone

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McAfee gives you a great product at a good price that does everything it is advertised to do. I will buy it again and again.

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August 23rd, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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McAfee does a good job for windows as an anti virus solution. Using this product didn't cause too much slowdown towards a Windows computer, while effectively blocking any internet threats. I like the options of being able to have a personal firewall, a password manager as well as parental controls. McAfee will also scan your social media pages for any threats, which is great when you have young kids like I do!

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Sara Jane

July 26th, 2018 Crestwood, KY

It is a nightmare to get McAfee off a computer it has been pre-loaded onto. The pop ups are annoying.

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Marilyn Greer

July 24th, 2018 Saint George, UT

I hated that they bugged me all the time. They still do even though I don't have the service anymore.

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Boston Whipple

July 20th, 2018 Provo, UT

McAfee pops up every time I restart my laptop and slows the start time significantly. It frequently wants me to update or upgrade. I haven't had any issues with viruses but I have multiple sets of anti-virus software.

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Cody Linden

July 19th, 2018 Lehi, UT

This is the protection software that is currently on my computer and I have zero complaints. Protects my computer and doesn't make a hassle about it.

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Ruth Anne Bright

July 19th, 2018 Mount Washington, KY

This is a very good product for the home computer. It provided me excellent protection and alerts when needed. Very easy to install and update.

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Used it several years ago, but it seems to have been a good quality product.

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May 29th, 2018 South Jordan, UT DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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McAfee has the best customer service and a great staff!

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Kristin

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I have been very happy with this product, when I have had a question the customer service was very helpful.

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Very reliable company but it is also one of the most expensive as well

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I have used McAfee in the past and I have been very pleased with the products they have to offer for security.

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K Robison

April 30th, 2018 Layton, UT DETAILS arrow_drop_down
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I started on a free trial and decided to use it for all of my computers. I have had no issues with service. I would recommend to others

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Jeff Martin

April 19th, 2018 Layton, UT

Had a free one month trial it went smoothly. Good antivirus protection but I think it is a little pricey compared to its competitors. I would suggest looking elsewhere before settling on McAfee.

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We loaded it on our computer, and basically crashed our computer. We had to delete it. Not happy.

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Great security. Definitely recommend!!

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I love the McAfee virus protection. We use it on all our computers. My son is the one who introduced me to McAfee and it has not let me down at all it's wonderful product. The Price is Right for what it does. I'd recommend it to anybody that has a computer. My mother-in-law uses it and so does my daughter it's a wonderful wonderful product.

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I have used McAfee for all of my computers and have never had any issues. It is inexpensive and a good way to ensure your device is secured and protected.