McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 8.0 & McAfee Personal Firewall Plus 5.0 Bundle Review

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mrsoolu's review of McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 8.0 & McAfee Personal Firewall Plus 5.0 Bundle

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McAfee VirusScan Home Edition 8.0 & McAfee Personal Firewall Plus 5.0 Bundle

“Installing the products went smoothly and no problems...”

Written on: 27/06/2004 by mrsoolu (1 review written)

Good Points
Clean and user friendly interface. McAfee Personal Firewall gives you graphs, what ports are being used, pie chart of programs using the most internet access. A trace map to trace attackers.

Bad Points
A lot of booting after installation and from each update.

General Comments
Installing the products went smoothly and no problems were encounted at this stage.



You are required to reboot and then you are shown a user-friendly wizard providing easy step-by-step settings. That went fine and now to update.



Users are required to signup to get updates. This of course is free and only took 5 minutes to do. After I verified my account, I started to download the updates. The first update was the McAfee Update module, which needed a reboot. Then after i updated again, VirusScan needed an updated, then i was told to reboot and then same with the firewall. Which in Norton, you download everything in one go and do only one or two reboots.



Running these two programs with my system didn't slow or ate my resources unlike Norton did and my booting time was actually faster.



The scanning of files is quite slow compared to Norton, however, McAfee does catch more than Norton in my experience and a PC Utilities Mag has shown. The only problem is it lacked the pause button so if you need to quickly do something without being interrupted by the scan all systems files. Also in Norton I liked the status bar of scanning emails etc. Also you cannot select multiple drives to scan, only one area to scan e.g C drive.



A much improvement over its previous version, which I tried and it messed up in the uninstallation so i had to remove it manually. Both products are good in performance, user-friendly and security.

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