The McAfee Total Protection security suite's 2020 vintage aims to be very complete with state-of-the-art detection engines and a wide range of additional functions. Primarily intended for families, the latter nevertheless suffers from a confusing interface and too high prices.
McAfee: smooth evolution
After undergoing a complete overhaul in 2018, the security suite of McAfee evolved in small touches this year.
In terms of protection, the editor offers improvements in detection on mobiles – Android and iOS – thanks to machine learning.
Two new modules App Boost and Web Boost are appearing to speed up the tasks of greedy applications and block unwanted online activities such as the automatic launch of videos.
McAfee Total Protection: total protection?
In addition to anti-malware technologies, the suite integrates a new generation antivirus engine with a cloud-based behavioral analysis and machine learning system capable of detecting the most sophisticated threats.
Like Norton, McAfee offers a virus protection guarantee that provides reimbursement to users in the event that its experts fail to cure an infection.
McAfee Total Protection: what about the interface?
The interface presents some minor modifications such as the name change of the main sections, but unfortunately remains perfectible in terms of ergonomics and menu layout.
Even if the presence of many dynamic bubbles describing the different functions can be useful for nophytes, the interface remains far too busy as a whole.
We also regret the minimalist web console and the impact on system resources during the analyzes.
McAfee Total Protection: the features
The suite, however, has many additional functions such as parental control, a firewall, a password manager, or even a file shredder. McAfee protects all platforms – PC, Mac, Android and iOS – with free access and unlimited technical support.
+ New generation antivirus and anti-spyware engine: real-time analysis in the cloud via machine learning techniques
- Behavioral analysis module for ransonware protection
- Anti-phishing: web and email protection
- Protection against typos
- Vulnerability management
- Data protection
- Smart firewall
- Anti spam
- Disinfection of a system covered by the protection (need to subscribe to the automatic renewal of the license)
+ TrueKey: password manager, secure data storage, secure notes
- Web console for managing your devices
- App Boost: acceleration of gourmet applications
- Web Boost: blocking unwanted downloads
- PC optimization
- Safe Family: parental control
- File Lock: virtual safe
- Shredder: file shredder
- Wi-Fi network protection