McAfee AntiVirus Plus (2017) – Review

A long time ago it was easier to notice differences between antivirus software and security tools, but the lines have become blurred, and we don’t see a problem with it.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus (2017), as the name implies, is an antivirus tool, but it also includes firewall protection and additional security features. The best part is that it allows you unlimited installations on your Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus (2017) is more than adequate for protecting all of the devices you own, but read on and learn more about all of the useful features.

Let’s take a look at the price. At $59.95 a year, McAfee is more expensive than the competition, but when you remember that the subscription allows you to install protection on all of your devices, you realize that the price isn’t steep at all. If you still can’t get over the price, you will be glad to know that you can purchase a one-device PC-only version of the program without the “Plus” in the name for $39.99. We advise you to buy the Plus version since the protection of an unlimited number of devices is too good to miss out on.

Installation and user instruction

The installation is easier than before; it requires almost no user interaction. The antivirus will install quickly, and after it has finished updating, you will be good to go. The unchanged interface might be a problem to some, but we don’t see it as anything worth mentioning – it functions well, and that’s all that matters.

The latest version of the McAfee antivirus utilizes a brand-new virus detection and protection engine called Real Protect. Real Protect relies on behavior-based detection to catch 0day malware. When McAfee notices an unknown program acting suspiciously, it sends the behavioral data for analysis, records the program’s behavior, and cuts back all of the malware activity if the analysis deems the program malicious.

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McAfee AntiVirus Plus comes with a WebAdvisor browser extension which protects from malware being downloaded. If you happen to stumble upon a malicious download, a banner will pop up telling you that the file is dangerous. If you proceed with the download, the real-time protection will scan the file and eliminate it. Even tho the WebAdvisor can sometimes greenlight a malicious file; the real-time scanner will notice it and mark it as suspicious.

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The sad news is that the phishing protection doesn’t function as well as it did last year, so be sure to leave your browser’s phishing protection on.

McAfee Firewall automatically assigns network permissions for most of the known good programs. The McAfee Firewall defends well against the web-based attacks and it correctly stealths the ports. The firewall settings are amazing – there are plenty of configuration settings available, but you should let the program do its work if you are not a network expert.

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We have mentioned at the beginning that the lines between antivirus software and security tools have become blurred. The bonus features of the McAfee AntiVirus Plus (2017) prove our claim. You have an option of scanning the system for junk files, fixing broken shortcuts, deleting temporary files, and more. You can also wipe cookies, cache files, and history, as well as scan your registry. There are a few more options like file shredding, but we will let you explore those option on your own.

You will be glad to know that if McAfee Antivirus Plus doesn’t remove a problem, tech support will do their best to help you out, and if they can’t fix the problem – you get your money back.

Even tho McAfee Antivirus Plus isn’t the best-scoring tool when it comes to independent lab tests, it is high-scoring on all of our tests. If you are looking for a tool which will protect a large number of your devices – look no further.