Intel Security by McAfee Antivirus | Price, plans and features

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McAfee offers solutions to safeguard different kinds of computing devices against various online threats.

In 1987, McAfee Associates (named after founder John McAfee) began developing data protection solutions. Then, in 1992 Network General and McAfee Associates merged to become Network Associates. However, mid-2014, the company returned to its original name, McAffee, to reflect its return to developing data security technology.

In August 2010, Intel announced its plan to buy McAfee and in January 2014 the company changed its name to Intel Security. The company’s distinct red shield logo remains, and it now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel. Under the Intel umbrella, McAffee has continued to offer competitive antivirus offerings for customers – personal, business and corporate.

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  • McAfee's antivirus plan is bursting at seams with advanced features that aren't typically included in basic package (like file shredding and antiphishing).
  • ...the abundance of features may overwhelm beginners
  • We had a pretty unhelpful experience with Live Chat.
  • McAfee offers some stellar features at a premium price, and though it may be a little much for those searching for a simple security solution, there's no arguing that the inclusion of Android and iOS in the basic package is good value.

Most popular plans

Product Description Price*
mcafee logoMcAfee Total Protection This plan's main purpose is creating a safe online experience for children. It is partly a virus protection tool, and partly and educational resource that teaches children to be cautious online. It even monitors their time online, making it simpler for you to balance their time spent in front of the screen. Only available for PC. $29.99
McAfee Antivirus Plus Antivirus Plus offers protection for every device you own that uses Windows, Android, Mac OS or iOS. In addition to everything the Antivirus plan offer, Plus provides anti-theft protection for Android and iOS devices and extra features like data backup, file protection, Wi-Fi protection and app privacy. $79.95
McAfee Internet Security Internet Security offers protection for all devices running Windows, Android, Mac OS or iOS. McAfee AntiVirus Plus features are standard with this plan, but it also gives one user access to the True Key Identity Manager app to store usernames and passwords safely. Its anti-SPAM function works in blocking annoying and potentially harmful emails. $99.95

*1-year subscription

Other products and services

Product Description Price*
McAfee LiveSafe LiveSafe comes with the same features and protection that McAfee Internet Security has to offer with a extras thrown in. It offers protection to all your devices across multiple platforms, and a one year subscription costs $129.95. It gives up to five users access to the True Key Identity Manager app. It also provides secure cloud storage that you can use to securely store important documents and photos. $129.95
McAfee Mobile Security for iOS Mobile Security for iOS devices is free. iOS users can make use of a Secure Media Vault that restricts access to personal files using a PIN protected storage area. You can backup, restore and wipe contacts, and this program also comes with Locate and Remote Scream functions. Free
McAfee Mobile Security for Android Mobile Security for Android devices is also free. Mobile Security for Android devices provides an antivirus scanner, web protection and Wi-Fi security. It lets you locate your phone if you lose it and it offers functions like Lock, Remote Wipe and Capture Cam. You can use it to create multi-user app profiles, which gives you control over what apps others can view on your device. Free

*1-year subscription

What kind of customer support does McAfee offer?

McAfee provides free round-the-clock support via phone, chat or email for the entirety of your subscription. Alternatively, you can turn to the McAfee community to share information and get suitable help from experienced users. There is also an online Troubleshoot and Repair section that aids you in fixing issues with Intel Security product problems on your own.

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