Friday, September 19, 2008

McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008

* The good: McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 offers more than three user licenses at $10 per seat, the ability to scan links in IM messages, and the ability to watch movies or play games uninterrupted.
* The bad: McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 uses the same interface as last year, lacks hourly updates, and remains somewhere in the middle of pack in our 2008 testing results.
* The bottom line: McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008's protection keeps up with the changing threats on the Internet, but the product itself doesn't excel.

McAfee VirusScan 2008 and other McAfee products are bundled with various hardware systems; for the purposes of protecting your PC, they'll do just that. Plus you'll get the manufacturer's technical support. But for the discerning user looking to get the best protection, we suggest you try another product. The lack of a quality technical support from McAfee is stunning given that smaller antivirus companies do a much better job supporting their customers than this venerable giant in the industry. Rather than putting its energy into marketing gimmicks like "triple play," it would be nice to see McAfee take the lead next year and offer a truly solid antivirus product like Kaspersky or even Norton.


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