McAfee is among the best antivirus software you can buy, at least for the money. It’s seen improvement in lab results in recent years. It’s hitting or reaching toward 100 percent performance on the antivirus end and offers a password manager and secure file storage to round out the Total Protection package.
In this McAfee Total Protection review, we’re going to look at some of those results and take the software out for a test spin ourselves. We’ll talk features, pricing, user-friendliness, protection and support before giving our verdict.

McAfee LiveSafe, also known as Total Protection, has the best design of all the antivirus software we have tested. It’s both intuitive and beautiful. On top of that, its anti-malware is excellent, its protection for Windows complete, and its password manager outstanding. Sadly, its VPN is disappointing. It doesn’t have a kill switch, and it tracks what you do online. On the plus side, it’s included for free. So even if you don’t use it, it also doesn’t cost you anything.
McAfee also offers a ‘Permanent Delete’ feature, which allows users to erase sensitive files that they do not wish to accidentally be spread. This is a valuable tool to prevent identity theft.

The core of Mcafee Total Protection is antivirus, scanning your files for corruption. Total Protection provides more than that, though, with web monitoring, automatic updates and a password manager. True Key is the password manager, a tool that normally runs $19.99 annually for 10,000 entries, which might as well be unlimited. Total Protection includes five licenses of the manager for free, normally a $99.99 value, and we’re impressed by the performance.
Antivirus isn’t what it used to be: security for a single, central computer for the house. Now, with multiple laptops, smartphones and tablets running around, antivirus needs to support multiple machines.

Introductory rates are some of the best we’ve seen, but McAfee doesn’t impress on renewal. The price also depends on where you shop. For example, a single device plan on McAfee’s site is $54.99, while the same plan at McAfee’s store is $24.99.
McAfee’s interface is deceptively simple. Just poking around is easy, but finding the tools you need when the rubber meets the road is a different story. In particular, it’s how McAfee chooses to organize information in the UI. You have five tabs at the top of the window for scanning, privacy, web use and account settings. The fifth one takes you back to the homepage. In these tabs, you’ll find quick links to features like application updates and the password manager.

The application is available on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. You can add new devices to your account in the UI by clicking on “protect more devices” in the home tab. Once you click on that, McAfee will send you an email to download Total Protection on another device.
McAfee offers live chat and phone support, as well as a knowledgebase and community forum. If you’re having a technical problem, you can download the troubleshooting tool, too, which will scan your installation files and repair any corrupted ones.

You can scan the knowledgebase by navigating to McAfee’s support section and selecting the area where you need help. There isn’t a clear organization to articles. You can select your product and the area where you need help, after which you’re left to the search bar and your mouse wheel.
Total Protection is a great choice for houses that need antivirus on multiple machines. The discount and extras provided by it, over an option like Avast (read our Avast Pro review), are large enough, as long as you have the machines to fill up the roster.