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McAfee Total Protection Review

Posted on May 14, 2011

If you want a complete security solution for your computer or home network, then McAfee Total Protection 2011 is tough to beat.


There is a wide variety of security software available, and it can be difficult to identify the right solution for your family. McAfee is a trusted name when it comes to fighting malware, spyware, spam and other online threats. With a range of excellent products, they help safeguard millions of computers around the globe. The McAfee Total Protection 2011 package is the top of the line release aimed at home users. It offers a high level of protection and also a host of additional features to keep your computer in good health and to protect your most precious files.


To get McAfee Total Protection 2011 up and running on your PC is a straightforward process. It will start by preparing the necessary files and scanning your machine for incompatible software. This includes older versions of McAfee which the installer will remove before restarting your system and continuing with the installation.

You’ll be asked if you want to send anonymous information to McAfee and this is a standard practice for security software which enables manufacturers to improve their service. After that the install will complete and your new software will be fully functional and going to work to protect your system.

User Interface

There are an awful lot of features available with this software, so a streamlined user interface is absolutely essential. Luckily McAfee has considered usability and they’ve come up with a clear and concise interface. There is a great deal of depth in the submenus in case you want to configure every detail of your software. For people who would rather leave it alone, the default settings will ensure system security.

The top part of the interface provides the pertinent information at a glance. You can see whether your system is safe and check that you have real-time protection, that your updates are current, that your firewall is on, and finally that your subscription is active.
If you want to dig deeper the features are all clearly labeled and well organized into submenus so it is easy to find what you are looking for.


There’s a clue in the name Total Protection and it hints at the full range of features on offer here. You’ll benefit from top quality malware protection which works in real-time to identify and block threats. You can also scan your system to identify existing problems and fix them. To avoid conflicts on your system you can schedule scans or allow the software to start them up when the computer is idle.

For surfing online the SiteAdvisor will make you aware of any dangerous websites. This helps to prevent you from downloading anything dangerous and it also safeguards your personal information, making it safer to shop. As part of Total Protection, you’ll enjoy SiteAdvisor Plus which offers greater protection from threats and extends to email and instant messenger links.

Extras such as the QuickClean tool which gets rid of junk files, and the Shredder for secure deletion are a welcome bonus. All of the features so far can also be found in the AntiVirus package from McAfee.

Like McAfee Internet Security the Total Protection software goes further offering spam and email protection, parental controls and an online backup (2GB instead of the 1GB you get with Internet Security).

Total Protection does not stop there and the additional features you won’t find elsewhere include the Anti-Theft encrypted vault which will protect your private files even if your computer is stolen or hacked. There’s also protection from intruders on your home network.


From the fast install through to the configuration and scanning, McAfee Total Protection 2011 creates the minimum of fuss. It offers a truly effective security solution which will block virtually any threat from harming your system and yet it runs unobtrusively in the background allowing you to get on with your work or play a game.

The impact on boot time, email downloads and the general running of your computer is not noticeable. As with all security software a full system scan will tie up your computer, but with the scheduling options and the ability to run scans when the system is idle this never needs to become a problem.


You’ll find the McAfee Total Protection 2011 software suite is a comprehensive option which lives up to its name. With the latest protection against viruses, spyware and all other forms of malware your system will be safe. A good anti-spam feature for your email and powerful online protection from dangerous websites and links will ensure that no new problems can take hold. The extras such as the backup and secure file vault are a valuable bonus. Easy to install, intuitive to use and powerful without slowing your system down – McAfee Total Protection is highly recommended.


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