McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 Review



McAfee's base virus-protection program offers some extras that most basic packages don't, such as a firewall and home network monitoring. It does an excellent job of protecting a clean PC but isn't the best at cleaning up an already-infected PC; it can be tricky to install.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 reviews on Amazon indicate that the program is popular with users, many of whom say they like how well the program works, describing it as fast and user-friendly. Other McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 reviews, however, counter that updates are inadequate and McAfee spam ads are irritating; one user says this is a decent virus protector but is likely to miss unusual specimens. Some reviewers on Amazon also report problems installing the software and users posting on complain about slow scans and overall operation. Experts at PC Magazine like the extra features, such as a firewall and home network monitoring. This review also reports that McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 is adept at blocking the vast majority of malware threats as well as suspect websites, but cleanup doesn't remove all traces of an attack. In short, it does a better job protecting a clean PC than it does mopping up the mess of an infected PC.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 (starting at $9 for up to three users, Amazon) includes a couple of features not normally included in a basic antivirus program, such as a firewall, a shredder tool that completely removes files, and a cleanup tool that removes leftover files that can hurt the performance of your PC. This cheap virus-protection software also lets you share the program with two other PCs, for a total of three users.

McAfee has enjoyed a loyal customer base for many years and is one of the most recognized names in security software. McAfee Antivirus Plus 2011 is a good-enough antivirus program that comes with some nice extras. It will do an acceptable job of protecting your PC, but not the best.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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