|McAfee Internet Security 2009 1-User
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Protect yourself, your computer, your identity and your family with McAfee Internet Security 2009. With the daily emergence of new and more sophisticated Internet threats that could disrupt your digital life, you need more than a simple anti-virus program. You need McAfee Internet Security 2009 - a comprehensive, feature-rich, and simple-to-use security software.
Identity Protection Shop, bank, and trade online safely 2-way Firewall Protection SiteAdvisor Warns about unsafe web sites SecurityCenter A security status screen with fully customizable options SystemGuards Warns when your computer shows specific behaviors that may signal virus, spyware, or hacker activity Stealth Mode Makes your computer invisible to intruders online Shredder Removes any trace of confidential files from your computer Parental Controls Data Backup Protection without Interference Watch movies or play games uninterrupted as McAfee security service intelligently defers tasks, updates, and alerts when you're in full-screen mode Minimum System Requirements Microsoft Windows 2000 (32-bit) with Service Pack 4 (SP4) or higher, XP (32-Bit) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher, Vista (32 or 64-bit) 256 MB RAM or higher 800 X 600 or higher resolution 150 MB of available free drive space Internet connection Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later Optional - Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later For 1 user only
With the daily emergence of new and more sophisticated Internet threats that could disrupt your digital life, you need more than a simple anti-virus program to protect yourself, your computer, your identity and your family. You need McAfee Internet Security 2009--comprehensive, feature-rich, and simple-to-use security software.
Comprehensive, Easy-to-Use PC and Online Protection with Powerful Web Site Safety Advisor
When using popular search engines, McAfee SiteAdvisor's safety ratings appear next to your search results. To see more information about the web site, roll your mouse over any SiteAdvisor safety rating. Click to enlarge.
Easy-to-use, intuitive "security console." Click to enlarge.
New Product Features for 2009
Installation is now easier and faster with improved detection and removal of malware that tries to halt the set-up
Powerful industry-grade spam protection helps keep your inbox free from unwanted, fraudulent, offensive, and phishing emails.
Checks for threats in the areas of your computer that are most often attacked
Provides you with easy to understand alerts regarding your protection
New--Age Appropriate Searching
Automatically sets the proper content filtering levels of popular search engines
Key Product Highlights
Detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, and adware
Alerts you to web sites that may try to steal your identity
Helps you to shop, bank, and trade online safely
Two-way Firewall Protection
Confidently use the Internet 24/7 knowing hackers can't get access to your PCs
Warns with color-coded ratings about unsafe web sites
Other Product Features
Provides an easy-to-read security status screen and puts you in control with fully customizable options
Warns you when your computer shows specific behaviors that may signal virus, spyware, or hacker activity
Makes your computer invisible to intruders from the Internet
Allows you to effectively remove any and all traces of confidential files from your computer
Allows your children to go online safely at times that you define
Automatically saves copies of your most valuable files on a CD/DVD, USB, external, or network drive
Protection without Interference
You can watch movies or play games uninterrupted as McAfee security service intelligently defers tasks, updates, and alerts when you're in full-screen mode
The McAfee Advantage
McAfee's security products use award-winning technology, are easy to install, and come with unlimited email and chat assistance. With continuous and automatic updates, McAfee helps ensure that you are always running the most current security to combat the ever-evolving threats on the Internet for the duration of your subscription.
- Enterprise-class Anti-spam--Powerful industry-grade spam protection helps keep your inbox free from unwanted, fraudulent, offensive, and phishing emails
- QuickScan--Checks for threats in the areas of your computer that are most often attacked
- Age Appropriate Searching--Sets the proper content filtering levels of search engines
- Anti-virus/Anti-spyware--Detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, and adware
- Anti-phishing--Alerts you to web sites that may try to steal your identity
- Adequate, some unnecessary add-ons
It couldn't have come at a better time. My old PC-cillin A/V was an older version and I didn't know for sure if it was even downloading the A/V updates or if it could handle the anti-spyware functions of the newer anti-X suites (by X, I mean the generic, anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-whatever).
When McAfee finally arrived, installing from the single disk was simple and easy. Setup was also simple and easy with clearly defined steps along the way. After an installation process that included the necessary step of updating the anti-virus and general anti-malware signatures, I had to sign up for a McAfee account that will ensure I continue getting updates to the software for one year on three (3) different computers.
That's a really nice feature, by the way: you can install this software on three different computers using the same software and the same account.
There are several components to this suite, some of which are really good and some which are quite non-essential and perhaps even useless. The VirusScan is of course necessary as is the Personal Firewall. I'm not so sure about McAfee's SiteAdvisor which gives the web browsing user a validation of particular sites visited--green if it's a safe site, red if it isn't, or at least has been reported as unsafe. SiteAdvisor gets installed on all the browsers installed; for me, it was installed as an add-on to both Firefox and Internet Explorer. I promptly uninstalled these two after a few days as I felt it didn't benefit me one way or the other in exchange for its system resources.
I don't use the Parental Controls nor do I the Easy Network which is supposed to help you connect up computers within a local network to automate secure file and printer sharing. I already have a pretty good network set up using the native Windows tools. Perhaps one day, I'll play around with it, but I don't see the need for learning to use Easy Network right now.
I guess a Backup and Restore tool is or should be a required part of a *security* suite, but again, I have better pieces of software to do that for me so this is yet another part of McAfee's suite that I don't use. From a cursory examination of the tool, it looks easy enough to use.
Now, the anti-logic of anti-virus software is that if it's working well, you don't know if it's working well. Unless you subject your system to a test by actually injecting a virus into it, of course! The first manual scan of my system (thankfully) produced no issues and since then, as it frequently updates itself and runs the automatically scheduled scans, it hasn't found anything untoward. Mostly, I believe that as long as you stay away from the obviously-bad sites and don't download suspicious software, you will continue to stay relatively free of malware.
What I'm really afraid of are the rootkits that seem to be everywhere these days. McAfee's boast is that it will find and kill these. I guess I have no choice other than to take them at their word. The Personal Firewall seems to be doing its job really well--from time to time, it pops up with a notification that a particular program is requesting access to the Internet and gives me the option to allow or disallow that access. Excellent. This is exactly what a firewall should do, and for a personal or home use firewall, a good feature is not to overwhelm the non-technical user with useless information. McAfee does this well.
What's the bad? Well, for some weird reason, from time to time, it turns itself off! Then a balloon pops up to inform me that my system is no longer protected. Just like that.
I've done some initial research, but haven't been able to find out why this happens but it worries me as you can imagine. I'll continue trying to find out what the problem is, and perhaps use their technical support resources which I hope is good. For now, simply clicking to "re-protect" the system turns everything back on to normal.
I like McAfee's product in general, how easy it was to setup and use (weird turning off notwithstanding!); it seems to do the exact job for which I got it and I'm satisfied with that. It has also received high praise from the usual sources that know much more than I do about security issues so I'll give it a three-and-a-half star review. Since there are no half-stars, I'll go up to four....more info
- Great Software
This is a good easy to use software for your security needs. McAfee has been a good company over the years and I would recommend this product....more info
- Not satisfied
Please be aware that I dont want the renewal for this product. I'm not satisfied at all. Too much problems at installation process.
Please DONT CHARGE ME FOR THE RENEWAL OF THIS PRODUCT. I will not accept any charge....more info
- Difficult to Load...Eventually Got it to Work...Now works great
I purchased this product for use after an old version through my ISP was discontinued. I expected to insert the CD, press install, follow directions and it would start working. I was wrong. It wouldn't install but through an EXTREMELY long process with IM/chat technical service, I had to install/uninstall any previous versions, follow the email sent directions, etc..etc..etc.. and eventually I was able to get it to install on my computer. Now it works great. So far I haven't had to "clean up" any infections from viruses or trojans so can't attest to how well that will work. All-in-all I am satisfied. I think this is a well-known proven product....more info
- Good price!
Great price for a one year subscription. Better than AOL and other websites at the time I was looking. Now I just need two other PC's for the 2 users left! ...more info
- A virus in itself?
I picked up this product as a replacement for Norton when they committed the cardinal AV sin - shutting down all antivirus services when the supbscription ended and then asking for an exorbitant re-up fee. Sadly, life isn't much better now. There are a few key issues that you MUST be aware of:
1. User Experience - configuration is cumbersome, complicated and incomplete (some alerts you can disable - others not, some tasks you can schedule others not). I've been working on computers professionally since '94 and this UI is years behind the competition.
2. Resource Usage - Since installing my system has slowed down significantly and I constantly receive connection failure errors when browsing the web - Hotmail attachments take 3 attempts to load. And I'm running a dual core with 2 GB of RAM.
3. Half-Baked Tools. Its nice that McAfee wants to offer items like backup and a shredder but they need to at least try and match what real vendors in this space are using.
Net - Unless you have no other choice don't get this product. I've stripped out all components of the product except the antivirus and my computer speed is almost back but browsing is still a pain. I really feel like I've got a virus killing my laptop. Today the entire thing goes and I switch to a new vendor....more info
- Good product
I got this product last month from amazon.com promotion. It was working good for me so far . Nice to have it bro!!!...more info
- Great Product
You can't go wrong with McAfee! Easy to install, this security system will do the job without slowing your computer down to a crawl like some of the others I've tried. Not comprehensive, but focused instead on those who do a lot of internet surfing....more info
- don't buy if you use spybot
this product just won't install when you use spybot search and destroy. So I opened the box and tried to install it. It says it's not compatible with spybot and I need to remove it. So fine, I am willing to do that (even though I have been using norton and spybot on the same computer for years) so I uninstalled spybot, rebooted, the installer came up and says I have spybot installed. So I went to mcafee's website (linked from the installer) and see what else I need to remove. it points me to spybot's unistall page. fine. I followed the steps on there to delete folders under my program files and document settings. reboot again and installer said the same thing I have spybot installed. At this point I was scratching my head wondering why. Ok being a technical person (I am a programmer) I went ahead and searched through my registry and removed anything that's related to spybot. rebooted again, again, the same warning on the installer. I have spybot installed. By this point I know for sure I DO NOT have spybot installed. The installer doesn't give me an option to go on unless it doesn't detect any "incompatible" program installed. At this point, I opened a support ticket on mcafee for an online chat with support rep. 20 minutes of chatting gives me no new information. The rep said things like I need to contact spybot technical support for why mcafee won't install and he could not give me sensitive information about their product (after I asked him to tell me what the installer is checking so I can remove that). I have the chat log saved if anyone is interested in seeing it. I am planning to share that chat log with the world any way :) So in summary, a bugged (?) software and even worse support, there is no reason to buy this. If not for the free after rebate price, I would be going to use mcafee's 30day money back policy to get my full refund....more info
- Don't waste your $
Bought this on recommendation from a tech, hated it, it screwed up my system. I was then told by another tech not to ever buy this. SOOOO....
I returned it for a refund....more info
- The worst customer support I have ever experienced
McAfee products are effective at keeping the computer virus free, etc. but their product uses an enormous amount of processor power every time you log on, for 10, 20, 30, 40 minutes or more. This is very annoying. God help you if you need support. Their "help" screens do everything possible to discourage you from contacting them or expecting live help. When you do get through to live help, they drop you call, chat, or keep you on hold for 10 minutes, or more. This is so unprofessional, that I will not renew my subscription when it expires, and will seek out an alternative software product. I do not recommend this product for anyone, given the very poor customer support....more info
- Still the Best Antivirus
I recieved this product on time and followed the directions on the box. They were not exactly correct. It seems that no matter what you should uninstall the old product first and then install the new product. Otherwise its a great antivirus that does not slow down your computer like others do....more info
- Pick Your Poison
If you're like me, you've spent much time with these consumer-level security software over the past few years. Chances are that your experiences were not entirely positive. While offering some clear value to us, they normally come preloaded on computers and bombard you with notifications and updates, while draining valuable system resources (I HATE THAT don't you?). As such, these programs have gotten a reputation for being bloated and inefficient, while free antivirus offerings, like AVG and Avast, have proven themselves to be worthy alternatives, at least for core features.
Strengths: Good at scanning for viruses and malware. Tons of features, easy to use. Report and monitor internet attempts/ Hits on your PC. Pretty bells sounds and graphs.
Weaknesses: Terrible load times and slow to respond. Kept crashing after roughly 9 months of use - customer service was terrible. Can bog down system though not as bad as Norton Internet security suite. Nightmare to update, renew, and if something goes wrong, another nightmare to uninstall. Poor Tech support.
Overall Evaluation: If you can get it to load, and get it to respond (even on a fairly quick computer it took forever), then it's a decent protection package. However, if you really don't know a lot about protection programs or have a very short temper when it comes to computers, I suggest staying away - this package causes headaches and so does customer support. As owner of my equipment I agree to abide by software protocols. McAfee is different. Once their software GRABS your PC. You cannot escape. Sooner you will delete essential files than remove McAfee from registry. The software written not to be deleted. Scare?? yup.. I've experienced this FIRST hand. McAfee has "parasite" my unit so I had to rebuild. Mcafee has unveiled an improved UI, which makes the software easier to use. It seems effective in protecting my machines from harm, but couldn't it do it without bogging down my computers so much?
- Crashed my computer...grrrr....
I have had McAfee protection on my computer all along, and knowing that my subscription was about to run out, I purchased the Total Protection 2009 package for 3 computers. Halfway into loading it onto my laptop, carefully following the directions - I got the Blue Screen of Death, and then the screen went blank.
My son, who has a college degree in IT, has been slowly coaxing my computer back to life...but now the McAfee refuses to load. He will be talking to McAfee, and hopefully, we can get my laptop up and running and protected. But until I know what happened, I will NOT be installing the 2 other packages on any other of our computers....more info
- MCFEE INTERNET SECURITY 2009 3-USER
I GOT IT IN TIME AND IT WAS EASY TO INSTALL AND FROM THIS DAY NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT!...more info
- McAfee Internet Security 2009 3-User
This works great. I put in my family members computers and my buddy around the corner used it too. It keeps each computer clean. They are all very happy with it. I highly recommend it....more info
I installed McAfee Internet Security 2009 according to instructions, but my system continued to show the previous version which was expiring in a few days. After several attempts to correct the situation, I called McAfee Technical support and spent 20 minutes with the automated system and on hold before a live person finally told me I had to uninstall the old product before installing the new one. It surely would have been helpful if they had disclosed that information in the box instructions. I have used McAfee security products for about 6 years and don't especially like the product, but it is way better than Norton, which invades every aspect of your computer. I wish someone would develop a security software package that does only what the user needs and nothing more - for example, I have at least 4 products installed that offer e-mail protection and I have to be very careful that they don't override each other. I have also noticed that whenever I have a technical problem with an Microsoft product, the MS experts suggest that it is being caused by McAfee or Norton....more info
- Great Protection
The McAfee Internet Security software was very easy to load into my system. I like the way it runs in the background with no interference to anything else I am doing. The updates come automatically and it does a complete scan of my system at set intervals, again with no interference to any other programs that I may be running at the time....more info
- Depends on what you want
I've used both the 2008 and 2009 editions of McAfee Internet Security. I started using it on one of my computers when Norton Internet Security stopped supporting Windows 2000 Professional, which I think is still the best operating system that Microsoft ever came up with. I have two other computers running Windows XP Professional and I'm currently using Norton Internet Security 2008 on them, so I have a good comparison.
In my humble opinion I wouldn't dream of buying the McAfee for a computer that can handle the Norton. McAfee is harder to customize, takes a long time to boot and takes forever to update. Also, it sometimes doesn't update very well. I will get a little balloon telling me that my update is "8 to 29 days" out of date. So I update and the next day the same balloon pops up again.
When the McAfee software encounters a problem it just tells me that there's an "error." It doesn't give me any specifics or an error number. Norton software always points me in the direction of a fix.
McAfee customer support is not nearly as good as Norton's. I don't bother customer support with minor problems, when I get in touch it's something complicated. McAfee's standard "fix" for everything seems to be to uninstall and reinstall the software. This usually doesn't fix the problem and an update after a reinstall takes FOREVER... as opposed to just forever for a normal update. Norton's customer support (their English isn't always perfect but they're smart) gets to the bottom of the problem. They don't always come up with the right answer on the first try but they keep at it.
All that being said, the McAfee software does seem to do the job of protecting the computer. In the 16 months I've been using it I haven't had any threats get through to my computer. And they seem to be the only major security software manufacturer that still supports Windows 2000 Professional.
Bottom line: If you're attached to Win2000Pro McAfee is probably your best bet. If you're running a newer operating system buy Norton.
- So far .. OK
I had Symantec Antivirus on my pc and always felt there were too many processes lurking in the background slowing my machine down. The McAfee software installed easily and have been cleaning and scanning with no issues. The kid-safe monitoring function and the auto-back up and maintenance tools are specially useful for me and very easy to use regularly.
Update: after 6 months use, I'm noticing quite a bit of spawned processes in the background. Sometimes there is noticeable drag on cpu usage, a bit more than from my old Norton. I have an older PC so that might be the issue, though it meets McAfee's requirements. Too bad there's no easy way to temporarily turn off the software aside from uninstalling it. I plan on keeping it for now, until something better comes along....more info
- McAfee Agrevation Internet Security 2009
I purchased this product, inserted the disc and attempted to install as per the instructions, NOTHING HAPPENED. I tried this on several occasions EXACTLY as described in the instructions and the software will simply install as advised on my Sony VAIO running WindowsXP.
After an afternoon of frustration, I turned off my computer for the evening, then simply restarted the computer the following day and the disc was recognized and finally installed (on the second day). Why do they tell you to try this in their manual?
I then registered as required on-line.
Now on my second day of trying to get this software "up-and-running," the software locks up in the "initializing" stage and will not progress any further. It fails to work and stays in the "INITIALIZING" stage for hours and goes no further. It simply freezes up.
I went on-line to McAfee to ask for help and what a joke. They don't have a tech e-mail support where you can leave a question and get an answer back by e-mail.
They also WILL NOT offer a refund. This was $50 blown for their lousy software and I won't be using their product ever again.
If I could rate as "ZERO" stars, I would have....more info
- Least amount of annoyances
I'm writing strictly to discuss the software's presence rather than effectiveness as that seems more difficult to measure. It did clean a thing or 2 on my system after I installed it and I'm not experiencing any signs of having a virus.
I have a Vista Ultimate PC and I've tried Norton's products and Bit Defender's products and both of them gave me issues. Norton was constantly suggesting that something was wrong with updating my product and wouldn't would throw errors when trying to update. After following their trouble shooting tips, absolutely nothing worked to fix the problem. Frequently a scan would hang and never finish. Bit defender was constantly throwing notifications and seemed to have a performance hit to the machine.
McAfee however... easy install, runs scans effectively, minimal notifications, and no appearant performance hit. I had them 2 years ago as well and it never gave me problems then either. I'm sticking with McAfee for the fewest headaches and seeming effectiveness....more info