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McAfee Antivirus vs BitDefender Antivirus and Kapersky
First of all you may ask me why BitDefender and Kaspersky? The answer is simple these two antivirus solutions are simply the best, and itís not just my words just look the reports of the independent antivirus testing companies like av-test.org, av-comparatives.org or toptenreviews.com. Kaspersky gained the status of the best antivirus solutions from year to year, BitDefender awarded the best protection in 2011 by av-test results. So as you can see they are the deserving competitors to McAfee.
Installation of McAfee Antivirus 2012 went smoothly without any issues, the software made a pre-scan before it completed the setup. BitDefender Antivirus and Kaspersky Antivirus also perform the system scan before the install, so what is the difference you may ask. The difference is the ability to complete the installation to already infected OS and McAfee Antivirus lose the point on that stage in comparison with its competitors. I checked antivirus independent companyís tests, read users reviews and watched video reviews and I can say you for sure that McAfee is not very reliable antivirus software in case you want to use it to secure infected system.
When you look for the antivirus software you would probable would like to get one which can detect most recent viruses, Trojans, malware, secure or delete them fast and possibly without annoying pop-up messages. Letís see what set of features and options McAfee Antivirus 2012 can offer:
- Antivirus, antimalware and antispyware. This is a standard set of protection tools common to all antivirus solutions.
- Firewall. Ii is something typical for internet security suite versions but not for antivirus.
- Online protection. Almost all modern antivirus programs perform background protection, so there is nothing surprising here.
- USB and external devices scan.
- Secure shopping. Online shopping becomes more and more popular nowadays so it is wise to look for some additional protection here. BitDefender has its own virtual browser and Kaspersky virtual keyboard which helps to eliminate cybercriminals attempts to steal your private information.
- Antibot Protection. This is something unique for McAfee, I believe that Kaspersky and BitDefender can detect botnet programs activities but McAfee Antivirus 2012 pays special attention to this feature.
- PC Tune Up. This feature is also typical for the internet Security suites and itís not common for Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 or BitDefender Antivirus 2012.
So as you can see there are some advantages and some disadvantages in McAfee Antivirus features towards its main competitors.
Another good factor I would recommend to have a closer look at is the speed of system scan and thatís where McAfee beats antivirus from Kaspersky lab. McAfee has a lot of running processes but they donít use much memory during the scan mode, Kaspersky on the contrary runs fewer processes but greatly use the system resources. BitDefender I believe won the first price on that stage as it doesnít slow down the system, has few running processes and perform scan very quickly.
One thing I really liked about McAfee Antivirus is the price, though it costs $49.99 which is expensive just for an antivirus solution, the company offers huge discounts almost half price. What I didnít like about this antivirus is the interface which looks simple and text-like.
Supported Operating Systems
Windows XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 3 (SP3) or higher
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
1 GHz processor or higher
512 MB RAM or higher for Windows XP
1 GB RAM for Vista/Windows 7
500 MB of available free drive space
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