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The main body of the very large window (1050 x 740-pixels on our test system) contains a green tick to show the security status, but that’s the only useful element on the main panel.Launch McAfee Total Protection for the first time and you’ll probably be a little confused by the messy and poorly-designed console.

The rest is wasted with a button to help you protect other devices, pointless system information (‘we are protecting 269 apps/connections/tasks’), a button to view a security report, and suggestions about other suite features you can activate or use. These might have some value, but there’s precisely zero reason for anyone to have to view them every time they open the program.

Clicking a small icon that comprises of three dots reveals what looks like a more detailed status report of Total Protection’s various features, so for instance you can confirm that antivirus, the firewall and update system are all working correctly. It’s not obvious, but this also doubles as a menu, and for example clicking the Virus Scan status loads the Scan dialog.

You can also click various tabs at the top of the screen – PC Security, PC Performance, My Privacy – to view separate panels with their own groups of features. These also waste plenty of space, with a large part of the screen containing a status icon, a ‘Your PC’s protected’ message and a lot of white space.

Benefits & Features :

McAfee Total Protection keeps its antivirus scanning options to a minimum: just a Quick Scan, a Full System Scan and the ability to scan custom items directly from the Explorer right-click menu.

What you don’t get is a specific removable drives scan, a custom scan you can define from the interface, or the ability to set up a new scan type or define how it works. For example, Avast’s Windows products can be used to set up a scan which checks specific file types in the folders you need, using the scanning technologies and rules you define, and you can then run that scan whenever you like. There’s nothing like that here.

We couldn’t find anything wrong with the scan types that are available, though. Scan speeds were average but acceptable, the program spotted our test malware without difficulty, and whether it was actively scanning or just running in the background, McAfee Total Protection had barely any noticeable effect on our test computer.

Experts get access to a wide range of firewall settings, including the ability to open or close specific ports, or define custom rules for individual applications. These options are harder to find than we’d like, though, and it took us some time to begin to figure out what was possible.

Even then, we were often puzzled. The firewall has an Intrusion Detection system, for instance, but it’s turned off by default, only has two settings (Basic or High) and even the web knowledge base has no real information on what it does and the consequences of turning it on (or off).

Total Protection is advertised as coming with a spam filter and file encryption tool, but for some reason these aren’t installed by default. We had to manually choose to add anti spam from the interface, then wait as the system downloaded and installed it. This doesn’t seem the most convenient way to organize an installation, but it only took seconds for the spam filter to set itself up on our Windows 10 system.

Other apparent features of the program are entirely separate tools which you must download and install separately. Clicking Protect Me On The Web opens the website for McAfee WebAdvisor, for instance, a browser extension which defends you against malware, malicious sites and more. It’s handy, but it’s also available for free, and you don’t have to buy Total Protection to use it.

Cyber Monitoring is one of the service highlights, regularly checking the dark web for personal details including your social security number, email addresses, phone numbers, banking and credit card details, driver’s license, passport and more. If any of your information shows up online in a data breach, you’ll be alerted.

App Boost optimizes CPU and I/O priorities for foreground applications to improve performance. This won’t make much difference – sometimes it’ll have no noticeable effect at all – but the company suggests you could see an 11-14% speed increase in the targeted apps, which, if true, is worth having.

A Web Boost feature sounds promising, but is actually just a Chrome extension which stops videos automatically playing on your choice of many popular websites (YouTube, Netflix, Twitch.TV,, Click and many more). It’s a reasonable idea, but may not make much difference to your website experience.

There are multiple minor tools to explore. An Update My Apps button scans your OS and applications for missing updates. A Quick Clean option removes tracking cookies and temporary files, and can be scheduled to run automatically. A Shredder securely deletes confidential files, so they can’t be undeleted, and a Network Monitor looks for intruders connecting to your Wi-Fi. These all work and have some value, but there are freeware tools which give you more functionality.

  • Safe Web Browsing
  • Ransom Guard
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Performance Optimization
  • Cross-Platform
  • Up to 10 Devices
  • Password Manager
  • Encrypted Storage
  • McAfee Mobile Security

Protection :

AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test is an intensive benchmark which pits 18 of the world’s biggest antivirus engines against the very latest threats. The company runs 10 tests every year, making it a great way to monitor particular vendors over time.

McAfee’s test performance has been mixed, recently, so for example the company managed an excellent 5th place with a 100% protection rate in August 2018, but fell to a lowly 14th in the September 2018 test.

Fortunately, AV-Comparatives also produces summary reports which average the results over multiple tests, giving a clearer view. The February – June 2018 report was relatively positive, placing McAfee in a creditable 6th spot with a 99.6% protection rate. That puts in on a par with some quality competitors – Kaspersky and Avira were 4th and 5th with a 99.7% protection rate, Semantic 7th with 99.5% – and suggests there’s no protection issue here that any regular user will ever notice.

We have created a very, very simple ransomware simulator which spiders through a folder tree, reading and encrypting images, audio files, Office documents and more. By running this on a review system, we’re aiming to see whether an antivirus can detect undiscovered ransomware by behavior alone, and discover how many files, if any, might be lost before an attack can be stopped.

The results were disappointing, as McAfee Total Protection left our simulator to run to completion and encrypt thousands of files. Other tools typically do much better, with, for instance, Kaspersky Antivirus 2019 not only detecting and killing the simulator, but also recovering the very few files our program had managed to encrypt.
  1. Cross-platform security for all devices in your household.
  2. Comprehensive identity theft protection and remediation.
  3. Safe Family parental control.
  4. Five licenses for True Key password manager.
  5. File encryption.

McAfee Total Protection is an award-winning security suite that provides a premium anti-virus, identity and privacy protection.As well as a tough anti-virus, McAfee Total Protection provides preemptive threat detection that keeps a vigilant eye out for potential threats and deals with them before they have chance to do harm.