McAfee Total Protection review, manual and guides

by Alice Woods - -

McAfee Total Protection[1] is developed by McAfee Inc. McAfee, Inc is an American-based security software provider which is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA.

The company founded in 1987 by John McAfee and was purchased by Intel Corporation in 2011.[2]

McAfee Total Protection Review

The company operates the cybersecurity market for almost over 30 years and provides users with reliable Internet security software and antivirus products and services.

McAfee is one of the largest companies out there and provides a list of comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for home users, small and medium businesses, large enterprises and government institutions.

In addition, McAfee offers a range of products for Windows, Macs (McAfee Total Protection for Mac), Android (McAfee Mobile Security & Lock for Android), and iOS users, it also secures endpoints, networks, and cloud from viruses, malware, and other security threats.

McAfee Total Protection includes protection for all your devices across all operating systems with a single subscription. The security suite starts at $59.99 for a single device per year, $89.99 for 5 devices and $99.99 for 10 devices per year.

Premium antivirus, identity and privacy protection for your PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets—all in one subscription.

McAfee LifeSave also provides ultimate antivirus, identity, and privacy for PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. It starts at $99.99 for unlimited devices.

Each package offers a free 30-day trial period and a money-back guarantee, so users can try the software without any risks.

McAfee Check SystemTest results

We tested the McAfee Total Protection for just about couple weeks on our Windows 10 PC. The download and installation took us only from 2 to 3 minutes.

In order to install the program, users simply have to open the downloaded file and follow the steps of the Installation Wizard to finish the process.

Antivirus Protection

McAfee Total Protection uses the same multi-layered protection for all of its Windows products.  The defenses include a traditional malware-signature engine that looks for suspect code against a database of widespread malicious icons and behavioral monitoring and reputation which detects previously unknown malware. The new technology has replaced the earlier less efficient antivirus engine in 2017.

All detected suspicious icons and files are uploaded to the company’s cloud-based Threat Center for further investigation and analysis. 

In addition, McAfee Total Protection also protects your browsing experience. The package includes Web Advisor browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. Web Advisor provides users with detailed information on websites’ security, warns about the suspicious sites and blocks malicious URLs. 

According to the German-based independent testing lab AV-TEST, McAfee demonstrates flawless protection against malware infections, such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses. In the most recent tests conducted in July and August 2018, McAfee demonstrated perfect rates and detected 100% of both, zero-day malware attacks and widespread and prevalent malware.[3]

In comparison to the previous results, the antivirus protection rates much improved since McAfee started to use the new malware detection engine.

McAfee Total Protection Security


McAfee Total Protection offers protection up to ten devices and also comes with separated licenses for Android devices, Macs, and iOS handsets.

The full-featured package includes the following:

  • Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spam detect and block viruses, malware, ransomware, spyware, unwanted programs and even more
  • Ransomware Protection
  • PC Optimization features such as Quick Clean and Shredder.
  • PC Boost
  • Firewall and Network Monitoring
  • Password Manager
  • File Encryption
  • ID Theft Protection
  • Parental Controls: Safe Family features include Screen-time management, Content Filters, Safe Search Filters, and Child Activity Log.

As you can see, the company offers a very decent feature set that can protect your entire household.

System-performance impact and scans

According to earlier tests, McAfee had a relatively high system performance impact. However, when it comes to the most recent tests, the antivirus software demonstrated almost excellent performance rates and had a minimal impact on a system.

According to the AV-TEST, McAfee scored 6 points out of 6 in performance rates and had better than the average results. The highest impact on a system was when installing of frequently-used applications (27%), but it scored only 1% while downloading of frequently used applications and only 2% of slow down while copying of files.

Scanning performance

McAfee Total Protection took a relatively small toll on performance during a full active scan. The performance declined only by 14%. However, the first full scan tool more than an hour, and the second just more than 45 minutes.

The quick scan did not even took a minute and check almost 7,000 files. 

Customer support

McAfee Total Protection includes a free customer support. However, the most recent version of the program no longer allows users to contact email questions or other problems to the company’s tech support instead, users can reach help via phone call. The tech support is available 24/7.

McAfee also includes a very informative support webpage that includes a virtual assistant app, community forums, and a deep knowledge base.

McAfee Total Protection Performance

User Interface

In comparison to older versions of the software, McAfee Total Protection has a much lighter and brighter interface. It cannot be resized or run full screen, but it can be moved around.

It is also easy to navigate since all the main features appear in the main window. 

The main Window of the software displays the system’s health, allows users to protect more devices and allows to perform scans, manage passwords, automatic software updates, and other items.

The interface includes separate tabs for PC Security, PC Performance, Privacy features and detailed information about the device.



Antivirus protection

Very good

Additional features

A decent set of extra security and privacy features

System-performance impact



Scans are very informative

User interface

Light and simple

The Final Verdict

McAfee Total Protection 2018 demonstrated a very decent antivirus detection and removal results on Windows PCs. It also has a great set of features and offers unlimited licensing. We highly recommend this security suite for those who want to protect their families under a single license. 

About the author

Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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