All the security you need in a single package
McAfee Total Protection is a suite of Windows security tools, ranging from data back up features to antispyware protection, with everything in between (from parental controls to Windows optimization programs).
In terms of what specifically this suite of tools can do, there’s a lot to be discussed. As mentioned, it has become popular for its security software (in particular antispyware and antiviral software), but McAfee can also do things like set up network protection (discussed below), back up a computer, and offer parental controls or even just windows optimization on that computer. It really aims to be a comprehensive collection of functionality, rather than simply specializing in one thing or another.
In terms of the security programs, the antivirus and antispyware scans work in essentially the same way, with users initiating a scan that can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, and McAfee Total Protection providing them with a detailed report of potential risks to their computer.
Another security feature is the network protection that McAfee can help users initiate through a firewall. What it does is focuses on checking incoming instant messages, emails, and websites, to ensure that users are not compromising the security of their computer by browsing the web.
In terms of other programs, like computer optimization, McAfee Total Protection offers a file cleaner that helps the optimization process. It does this by searching the computer for unused files, fragmented files, temporary files, and browser histories, all of which can be deleted to help the computer to run better.
The only downside to McAfee Total Protection is that as a security suite, it offers so many tools it takes quite a lot of computer resources to run, ultimately often slowing the computer down. That aside, it is effective.
McAfee is an effective security suite that perhaps goes a bit overboard on its usage of computer resources.
- Diversity of software part of the suite
- Includes a lot of protection tools, for peace of mind
- Heavy on computer resources