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McAfee have long been one of the leaders in security, and their various security suites are protecting million of computers all around the globe. McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 offers all the tools and features present in the previous version, e.g. antivirus, antispyware, firewall, anti-phishing and other system diagnostic tools, along with some new features like the capability to scan links within IM messages and allowing the uninterrupted running of movie or game files. On the other hand, McAfee's technical support is not beyond all complaints, they do not provide hourly updates and with the changing face of internet threats you would expect better protection and support from this venerated security provider.

In the AV-Comparatives Lab, for on-demand scans McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 earned an Advanced (second-highest) rating, catching 93% of all malware tested and tying with Norton AntiVirus 2007. In the Retrospective/Proactive test, McAfee also earned an Advanced (second-highest) rating. From, McAfee earned an Advanced rating, which includes both search and antivirus removal. In PCPro Lab's malware test McAfee VirusScan 2007 XP version achieved a 78% detection rate, and in the same test the Vista version scored just 60%.

VirusScan 2008 runs on Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. McAfee uses a bootstrap method of downloading the code to your machine, and then installs it module by module. The first to be installed is the Security Center and then, according to the product you've purchased, the next modules are installed; so you always get the latest version. Alternatively, you can install the product and then update immediately. McAfee do not perform any immediate scan of your machine as other antivirus products do, and there is no uninstall option for the product - you have to use the Windows Control Panel Add/Remove Software option. After removing, McAfee VirusScan 2008 does not leave any residue registry entries or files on your machine.

The main features of McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 are:

â?¢ Antivirus, antispyware and firewall
â?¢ SiteAdvisor - McAfee's own anti-phishing tool.
â?¢ Network monitoring tools
â?¢ System diagnostics tools, like deleted files shredder, disk defragmenter, etc.
â?¢ Virtual Technician, which is an optional plug-in, that when downloaded will diagnose the state of your product and computer and provide technical know-how on fixing problems for free
â?¢ State Aware, which allows you to watch movies and slide shows and play games uninterrupted when in 'Full screen' mode.

This version of McAfee antivirus suite provides much better integration of all the tools, although the interface has not changed from the previous version. The left-hand navigation window offers all the tools and the right-hand pane shows the system status.

Author Sahid Townsenddate added 2009-09-07 12:14:35

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