McAfee LiveSafe 2020 Test & Review
Reviews score: Very Good
McAfee LiveSafe, also known as McAfee Total Protection, is one the best antivirus available today. It offers excellent protection across all platforms and includes a range of powerful bonus features.
For gamers, McAfee now has a dedicated antivirus called Gamer Security, which will keep you safe and your PC extra fast.
- Excellent protection: McAfee scores top marks in the tests, proving it will keep you safe from malware.
- Your devices will remain as fast as ever: McAfee scores almost perfect results in the performance tests.
- Most advanced password manager: McAfee’s True Key password manager can use facial recognition as a login.
- Free and unlimited VPN: McAfee includes a free VPN so you can browse the web in complete anonymity and stay safe from hackers.
- Great user reviews: McAfee has been a user favourite for many years.
- Limited protection for iOS: Only anti-theft.
- Parental control not as good as the competition.
McAfee features 3 core products for consumers: LiveSafe, Mobile Protection, and the new Gamer Security.
McAfee LiveSafe, also known as Total Protection, is a very complete antivirus suite. Next to the excellent anti-malware features, it offers a host of privacy and identity protection features, of which especially the VPN and Password Manager stand out.
McAfee’s Secure VPN is included for free and has no data limit. Once connected, it will encrypt your internet connection, to allow you to browse the web in full anonymity. On top of that, your data will become unreadable for hackers, keeping you safe on even the most unsecure public WIFI networks.
Many antivirus firms, such as Bitdefender and Panda, included their VPN as a paid extra. So it’s great to see that McAfee (and Norton) include their VPN as a core feature, free of charge.
McAfee’s Password Manager is one of the more advanced in the industry. It helps you create and store highly secure and unique passwords for each of your online accounts. In a time where big websites frequently get hacked, it is no longer safe to use the same password over and over. McAfee’s Password Manager can solve that for you.
McAfee Mobile Protection
McAfee Mobile Protection is available for both Android and iOS. The app is AV-Test and AV-Comparatives-certified and offers excellent protection and performance.
The Antivirus tool can perform quick and full system scans as well as delete viruses and other types of malware. The Wi-Fi Protect feature will scan Wi-Fi networks before allowing the device to connect to them.
McAfee Mobile Protection has a Safe Browsing feature as well. It can alert the user if they’re about to enter a malicious or compromised site. Users can also assign PINs to essential apps and programs on their device through McAfee’s Privacy feature.
McAfee Gamer Security
McAfee Gamer Security keeps your computer safe without compromising your gaming experience. It is one of the most recent additions to McAfee’s catalog, and it takes advantage of the company’s most innovative technologies.
Gaming Security’s main features include the MicroAV Engine, Game Boost Engine, and Realtime Performance Monitoring:
- MicroAV engine is the centerpiece of Gamer Security. It takes the burden of your CPU’s shoulders, moving the threat detection tasks to McAfee’s cloud. That way, you can have all the FPS you need for CS:GO and stay protected.
- The Game Boost Engine feature helps you get better performance from your computer. It disposes of the resource-draining background application to give your game the boost it needs.
- With Real Time Performance Monitoring, you can access and control all parameters of your computer’s performance. The Historical Performance Monitoring feature will also allow you to track your rig’s performance over time and save stats.
At the time of writing, McAfee Gamer Security is only available to Windows 10 users.
Security & Performance
McAfee was founded by John McAfee in the late 1980s as McAfee Associates. As one of the oldest and biggest cybersecurity brands in existence, it has millions of active users around the world. After the original founder left the company in 1994, it has grown through a range of acquisitions. Today, it’s owned for 49% by Intel and for 51% by the asset manager firm TPG.
All the prominent testing houses have tested McAfee’s antivirus programs. For this article, we will focus on the results of McAfee in the more recent AV-Test and AV-Comparatives tests.
In the five most recent security tests for Windows, McAfee Total Protection achieved very high scores, ranging from 5.0 to 6.0 (with 6.0 being the maximum). In each of the trials, Total Protection was among the top in its class.
Although AV-Test doesn’t test McAfee for MacOS, McAfee’s Mobile security is one of the regulars at AV-Test trials. Most recently, McAfee Mobile Security for Android racked up a perfect score of 6.0 on four occasions. Even on the fifth occasion, it scored a pretty enviable 5.5 out of 6.
McAfee’s Total Protection performed well, but not perfect, in the AV-Comparatives trials. Although the offline detection rate peaked at around 84%, its online detection and protection rates rarely fell below 99%. On one occasion, it even achieved the perfect online protection score.
The test results of the Android version of McAfee Mobile are firmly among the top of all antivirus for Android. In the most recent test, McAfee Mobile Security performed almost flawlessly.
An antivirus should offer not just protection but seamless protection. In the performance tests, the testing houses pay to the impact an antivirus has on the operating performance of a device.
In this regard, McAfee Total Protection did well at recent AV-Test tests. It achieved the perfect score on all five occasions.
McAfee Mobile Security for Android performed admirably, to the tune of scoring maximum points in four of the five most recent appearances. That’s good enough to rank among the most device-friendly antivirus programs for Android.
McAfee Total Protection for Windows had five appearances on recently held AV-Comparatives tests. The program took the “Very Fast” rating in almost every category throughout, the rest being “Fast.”