Long gone are the days when households owned just one PC. Odds are that everyone in your home has their own PC or laptop, as well as a smartphone. Buy McAfee AntiVirus Plus once and you have a license for all of these systems. It’s a significant bonus for an antivirus software that isn’t entirely foolproof.
More expensive than most at about $62 per year, McAfee AntiVirus Plus is still pretty cheap if you’re using it across multiple systems. Its scan takes an average length of time compared to its competitors, and does a solid job of detecting most threats. Similarly, the built-in firewall detects most threats automatically, without much need for you to tweak or fiddle around with any settings (unless you want to, of course). Also, a vulnerability scan goes some way to keeping you aware of tasks that may have slipped by the wayside, such as installing critical updates.
Where things falter a little is when it comes to URL blocking. McAfee AntiVirus Plus simply isn’t up to scratch here, missing out on numerous suspicious URLs, but it is good at spotting dodgy files if they get that far.
Unusually, McAfee offers an unique pledge: if your PC gets a virus, a McAfee security expert will remotely access your machine to remove it. If they fail, you get a full refund. Obviously it’s better to not get infected at all, but it’s a nod towards McAfee’s confidence in being able to protect you and your family from any threat.
Elsewhere, there are iOS and Android apps to further reassure you. The iOS app is fairly rudimentary, merely offering backup, encryption, and device tracking, rather than any antivirus tools. However, the Android app is suitably beefy with antivirus, URL blocking, clean up tools, and a remote lock. In McAfee’s defense, the locked down nature of iOS will explain the differences in both these tools. There’s Mac app support too, which works as well as the PC version.
In all cases, McAfee AntiVirus Plus hardly slows down the system it’s installed on, amply reminding you of why it’s worth the investment. Being able to use one program across multiple devices is a huge help in simplifying security matters at home, and it’s pretty effective too.