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McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 3-User [Old Version]

Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews

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  • Essential, award-winning PC protection for carefree computing
  • Exclusive McAfee Active Protection technology; anti-virus/anti-spyware; improved 2-way firewall
  • Home screen with easy-to-understand security bar and status area; faster scan time
  • Less intrusive alert system; better protection against dangerous websites
  • Improved Microsoft Outlook 2010 integration; easy account management settings
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Product Description

Product Description

McAfee AntiVirus Plus instantly detects and blocks viruses and has been reengineered for the fastest PC performance ever. The innovative design simplifies your security experience.


Essential, award-winning PC protection for carefree computing

With thousands of new viruses created every day, relying on traditional security updates isn't enough anymore. McAfee AntiVirus Plus instantly detects and blocks viruses--and stops web threats before they are downloaded to your PC. Reengineered to be faster than ever before, the software's innovative design simplifies your security experience while offering you essential protection.

2011 Features and Highlights

Award-winning anti-virus, firewall, spyware, and online protection

Exclusive McAfee Active Protection technology

Unlike the competition, McAfee Active Protection analyzes and blocks new and emerging threats in milliseconds, so you don't have to wait for regular updates to arrive. The result: virtually no gap in your protection.


Detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, adware, even rootkits, insidious programs designed to tamper with your PC.

(Improved) Two-way firewall

Enterprise-grade firewall blocks outsiders from hacking into your PC.

Easier to use

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 is all about ease of use. The completely redesigned home screen gives you all the information you need at a glance.

Main screen
Home screen with an easy-to-understand security bar and status area.
(New) Home screen

Completely redesigned to streamline your security experience. Easily check the status of your protection, monitor how many threats have been blocked, and manage your security--all from the home screen.

(New) Idle timer and scheduler

Reserve security scans and updates for when you are not using your PC, minimizing disruptions.

My home network

Manage security settings within your home network.

(Improved) Alert system

Alerts are less intrusive and easier to understand.

(Improved) Help center

Smarter and more intuitive--get accurate answers specifically related to the tasks you're trying to accomplish with contextual help.

(New) Easy account management settings

Create machine aliases, and easily activate, deactivate, or upgrade PC subscriptions.

(New) Advanced firewall integration

Settings made in Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Vista Network Manager will automatically update the McAfee firewall settings.

(Improved) Microsoft Outlook 2010 integration

For added convenience, the McAfee anti-spam tool will now be shown in a separate tab rather than within the toolbar.

Faster than ever

This year McAfee AntiVirus Plus has been completely re-engineered so it's faster than ever.

Main screen
Subsequent scan time of 327% faster.
(Improved) Scan time

Full system scan speed is faster so you won't be slowed down.

(Improved) Installation

Efficient download enables you to get up and running in a snap.

(New) Scheduled activity throttling

Updates initiate or resume when your PC is idle, minimizing interruptions.

Better protection against dangerous websites

(Improved) McAfee SiteAdvisor

Helps you know whether a website is safe before you click to stop malware threats. Advanced “phishing” protection alerts you to websites that may try to steal your identity or gain access to your financial information.

Main screen
With easy-to-understand icons to help guide your searches, you know whether a website is safe before you click on a link.

Better PC health

McAfee QuickClean

Safely removes junk files that slow down your PC.

McAfee Shredder

Digitally destroys no-longer-needed sensitive files to prevent anyone from accessing them.

Disk defragmenter

Get quick access to consolidate fragmented files and folders.

The McAfee advantage

  • McAfee is the world's largest dedicated security company
  • 30-day free phone support and unlimited email and chat assistance
  • Continuous and automatic updates for the life of your subscription

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B003VUNY7W
  • Item model number: MAV11EMB3RAA
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 27, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,146 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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During almost 30 years of computer experience I have used a lot of anti-virus/Internet security software. This includes Norton, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Panda, earlier versions of McAfee, and most recently AVG. None are ideal and a couple (BitDefender and Panda) caused me serious computer problems. McAfee was my choice for several years until it became cumbersome and excruciatingly slow as was Norton at that time. It was then that I began trying other products.
I always check user reviews of products, especially software, before making a purchase. I was unable to do so with McAfee Antivirus Plus 2011 because none were available. Reviews of McAfee products for 2010 were not favorable but because I was not pleased with other products I decided to give it a try nonetheless. I am not sorry that I did so. Boot time has decreased dramatically. McAfee Antivirus Plus 2011 doesn't impact computer operation. Scans can be done in the background without excessive slowing of other applications. (Most of my computer activity is working with video, photographs, and publication applications.)
I recommend McAfee Antivirus Plus 2011. To paraphrase an old Oldsmobile commercial "This is not your father's McAfee."
I didn't give McAfee Antivirus Plus 2011 five stars because nothing is perfect.
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I've used McAfee antivirus in various forms for many years, but have found the last two versions' behavior annoying (this 2011 version, and previous 2010, running on WinXP SP3) to the degree that I no longer run McAfee.

Versus McAfee 2009 and earlier, the interface is simplified, with many options gone, such as variable alerting levels. Although the installer still refers to the old SecurityCenter, there is no longer a program/option called that.

When I disable on-access scanning, VirusScan displays a prominent warning-window on every login (including resuming from screensaver), that must be clicked away. Very annoying since I normally leave on-access scan turned off for performance reasons during gaming and certain other applications, turning it on when needed. It's noteworthy that Microsoft's Security Essentials antivirus (free for download) doesn't have the annoying warnings.

Scheduled-scan can't be disabled, only rescheduled. Again an annoyance, Security Essentials allows disabling scheduled scans.

On install, a SiteWatch browser Add-On is installed into Mozilla Firefox, and can't be removed (just disabled). There's no option to skip installing it, indeed, there are virtually no options presented during installation. If you think to use Add/Remove Programs, the deinstaller does offer an option remove SiteWatch but with a foreboding but vaguely worded warning that bad things may happen. Antivirus should never modify your other software without asking you first, and the option should be presented up-front.

The McAfee installer also wants to remove "conflicting software" Spyboy Search&Destroy (a freeware anti-bot tool), yet Spybot isn't a persistent program, and so wouldn't be any conflict, except perhaps with McAfee's revenue model.
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I've tried lots of different AntiVirus programs such as McAfee, Norton, Trend, and AVG.

I like this program because it's cheap and it comes with a firewall program with the antivirus.

3-users per disc is also great for those of us with multiple computers.

McAfee has improved the interface and those annoying pop up messages can now be disabled.
The program is easy to uninstall (unlike Norton) and the firewall seems to work very well.

The next step up version (Internet Security) has the parental controls which I don't need and the online backup which is a measly 1gb.

Also, when playing games this program does not interfere.

Overall, works great and does the job without the annoying pop up messages.
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i installed the mcafee antivirus on 2 computers, the one with windows xp worked just fine, but the one with windows 7 was destroyed, after i installed it and restarted it, it never worked, all i see is a blue screen, and windows never goes up, i tried to search their website and i found that there is a conflict between mcafee and windows 7, then i tried to contact the technical support and they couldn't help me, they said they couldn't solve the problem and i should contact the computer manufacturer. i also tried system recovery but it didn't work too.
i feel i bought this antivirus to destroy my computer
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McAfee used to be the standard antivirus and spam protection software. After having lost a great deal of data through a security hole in McAfee five years ago, I went to other brands on the market with much better results. I did, however, decide to give McAfee just one more chance to redeem themselves.

While the installlation on my Windows XP and my Vista Machines were relatively easy, I didn't care for the interface on either of my systems. I want to have the option to disable automatic scanning, which I was unable to do with McAfee. I had popups almost immediately about renewing my license for a program that I just installed. This was rather perplexing. Users should never be seeing a renewal notice until at the most a month before the expiration date of the license. Apparently, locking users in for automatic renewal via credit card is standard practice these days. Thanks, but no thanks.

McAfee Antivirus Plus is a fairly good basic protection program. No doubt it is good for users who don't really have a great deal of computer saavy or who want their computer to automatically scan for them. What the makers of antivirus software that scans automatically usually do not tell you is that the automatic scanning can actually end up becoming a security hole itself. Some malware programs are able to disable this function and get in that way. In spite of how the program looks and feels, it was just not enough to make me want to stay with the product.

After trying this latest version of McAffee, I uninstalled it and went back to ESET Smart Security, which is what Microsoft Corporate uses at their own facilities. At least with that, I can manually scan and set my preferences to get the program to do what I want, rather than what the developers have decided that I should want or need.
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