McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012 includes some advanced features such as:

  • The flash-like protection against any malicious threat to PC due to revolutionary McAfee Active Protection technology.
  • Antispyware/ Antivirus detects viruses, adware, spyware, viruses and rootkits.  Then it blocks and removes them.
  • McAfee SiteAdvisor informs you about risks when you are going to visit a website. It helps to prevent malware threats.
  • The system analyses and blocks emerging and new threats in milliseconds.
  • Advanced "phishing" protection let you know about websites that may tend to obtain access to your financial information or to steal your identity.
  • If you are not using your computer, the system reserves security updates and scans so that fewer disruptions appear.
  • Real time scanning automatically protects your PC against threats.

The user-interface has become more user-friendly and intuitive. The appearance differs radically so that product contains links to online help and instructional videos.

The new interface is friendlier and brighter than the previous and was created to provide the user with all needed information in any situation. The "green for safe" indicator is present as before and is updated with “no action required" option.

Situated at the top, a status panel provides prompt access to the information about subscription, updates, firewall and scanning. McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012 provides a firewall protection. A set of rotating statistics (the number of viruses found during the last scan is also included) and the number of PCs on the network protected by McAfee are inscribed in the status panel. A full security report can be activated as well.

To install McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012 on malware-infested systems can be difficult. During the initial installation the McAfee installer downloads the latest code of the product and virus definitions, so that the installation can be time-consuming. You have immediate access after the installation process, and it is not necessary to later download any updates. The big improvement of the new product is that the user interface appears in a new york minute.

There appear some difficulties when the installation takes place on the infested systems.  A set of tools can help you when these occur. McAfee's Virtual Technician is the tool that checks the challenges with McAfee. It also can check any malware causing the problems with the installation.

McAfee’s Stinger is another tool that eases of common threats. A lengthy installation process is not required. McAfee's online pre-scan preparation and FreeScan tool also clear up problems.  

Any malware is detected by McAfee via online connection with McAfee servers. It is called 'Active Protection', and its scan session takes around 10 minutes. An automatic McAfee scan runs weekly, so that your system will be cleaned up at regular intervals.

Once the scanner detected Trojans, viruses or other serious threat, they would be immediately removed. The user is asked what to do with the less serious threats at the end of the scan.  In general, McAfee removes almost all malware.

McAfee SiteAdvisor can help you in cleaning your system. It is a free integral and can be downloaded by anyone. SiteAdvisor warns you when you are going to visit some dangerous site. It cannot block the access to that site, it only warns you about the potential danger. So do not miss its messages. SiteAdvisor has become more effective due to its interaction with Active Protection online. Once Active Protection detected a threat, SiteAdvisor would be automatically updated. This version can issue warnings related not just to whole domains, but to specific URL’s.


Every download is controlled, so that when the system detects a threat, a warning appears. McAfee identifies every malware download as malicious. Sometimes the warning appear at the beginning of download, sometimes it appears at the end.

Previous McAfee version included SystemGuards feature. This feature is not included into new version. It is a great advantage that eases the user of this annoying feature. 

Overall, McAfee Antivirus Plus is much effective in protecting of already clean systems than in protecting infested ones. At most, the problems appear when the software is installed on such system. The installation may cause some difficulties, so that it’s better to have clean system or to clean it up before McAfee installation.

There exist a number of additional features that can help you much. The McAfee interface provides you with the online access to some resources, such as interactive virus map, anti-hacker community or virus information library.

The firewall included is fully functional.  A "shredder” disposes sensitive files safely. QuickClean system tune-up utility is also available. A network map feature identifies any McAfee-protected computer on the network. The use of this tool can help to remotely fix any security issues.

Not a standalone antivirus product, but a security suite includes all these bonus features. In case you already have McAfee VirusScan Plus, you can update the product.

McAfee Antivirus 2012 offers you new, attractive and streamlined user interface. It will provide you with better malware protection. The installation on infested system may be difficult, but many existing resources and tools can help you to resolve any challenge. Taken all round, McAfee Antivirus 2012 is a good antivirus product which includes very useful features.


McAfee Antivirus 2012 is a good antivirus product which includes very useful features.