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McAfee Internet Security Review

McAfee Internet Security is another popular antivirus suite from American developers. On the installation stage McAfee made so called pre-installed scan of the system for known threats to make the setup error-free. If you have another antivirus solution installed McAfee Internet Security will make a promt and suggest you remove it. Though you can skip to remove another antivirus it is highly advisable to do so as it may lead to McAfee software malfunction due to drivers incompatibility. When I tested McAfee I already had AVG Antivirus 2012 installed and hence saw the following message:
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McAfee vs AVG incompatibility
I removed AVG Antivirus 2012 and continued the installation.

McAfee Internet Security 2012 vs McAfee Total Security 2012

The first difference referrers to the quantity of the online storage you can use to save your data, in Internet Security it is 1 Gb, in Total Security 2 Gb. Internet Security also doesnít support WiFi protection, encrypted storage, anti-phishing software, safe url sharing and url shortener.

In addition to a set of antivirus, antispyware and antimalware protection, McAfee Internet Security include some new features in version 2012:

- Antibot protection. Botnet (robot and network). Most often, the bot in the botnet is a program that secretly installed on a victim's computer and allows an attacker to perform certain actions using the resources of the infected computer. Usually used for illegal or disapproved activities - spamming, password forcing on the remote system and so on.

- USB and external drive scan. How often you use USB flash or external drive to copy from on PC to another? Do you always check the source computer for viruses when you save smth. from it? Thatís why checking USB flash and external drive for viruses, Trojans and malicious software is so important nowadays.

- Pre-install scan. Some people start thinking about antivirus software when their computers are already infected. When you start installing McAfee software it performs pre-install check to eliminate threats and make setup error-free.
McAfee Internet Security 2012 screenshot
McAfee Internet Security 2012 memory usage

I have found the following McAfee processes

- mfevtps.exe (5.5 Mb)
- mfefire.exe (4.5 Mb)
- mcshield.exe (6 Mb)
- mcagent.exe (600 Kb)

When McAfee is idle it uses approximately 22 Mb of memory which I suppose is more than acceptable.

Comparison of McAfee Internet Security 2012 with other Internet Security Suites

When somebody is looking for good antivirus software I believe the following factors should be considered:

- The protection level. This is the most significant value otherwise why do we need antivirus software. The reliable antivirus solution should be installed without any issues on both, healthy and already infected systems to perform the scan. To say the truth McAfee Internet Security 2012 has some issues installing to the infected system, though it performs pre-installed scan it didnít help the software and several times I saw BSOD. In comparison with Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 and BitDefender Internet Security 2012 which also perform pre-install scan McAfee didnít handle this task. I checked other reviews and video tutorials to be sure that I was right, even reports shows 3.0 out of 6.0 scores for repair measure, ability to cure already infected system.

- Speed of scan. When it comes for the system scan nobody wants to wait hours or even days though a thorough analysis requires some time. From all ant viruses I tested  the quickest one was Avast Internet Security 6 and most of the time took full system scan with Kaspersky Internet Security 2012, McAfee internet Security was in the middle of the list. Moreover Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 slows down the system pretty much and as a result running another applications may be quite difficult. 

- Additional protection. I would recommend McAfee developers to add the following features into the future versions of the software:

- Rescue Mode Scan. The same name feature in BitDefender Internet Security 2012 is of much help in case you canít delete some threat under Windows. You reboot the PC and run the software under Linux environment to eliminate viruses and malware. In Kaspersky Internet Security you can make rescue disc and perform the same task. Read step-by-step instructions how to create and use Kaspersky rescue disk.

- Virtual environment. As an additional protection from online thefts  BitDefender Internet Security 2012 has its own virtual browser, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 and Panda Internet Security 2012 has virtual keyboard. Isolated environment like a browser or a keyboard may help you protect your password from your credit card or login details. McAfee Internet Security doesnít have either.

There are certainly other additional protection features I didnít mention about but I suppose these two above are most important.

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)

System Requirements

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
Internet connection


The above average antivirus suite protection which has unique features like antibot protection will make your PC safe from all known threats. The one biggest advantage of McAfee internet Security 2012 Suite towards its competitors is the price. Though it costs $79.99 McAfee usually offers promo coupons and discounts for their software.
See also

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McAfee Total Protection 2015 Coupon Code and Review

Other Internet Security Suite Reviews

AVG Internet Security 2012 Review
Avast! Internet Security 6 Review
Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 Review
Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 Review
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 Review
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