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McAfee slows machine
Pros: easy to install
Cons: It requests restarts on EVERY update. I find this annoying. It also bogs the computer down considerably. Not the things I like.
Other Thoughts: There are other products out there that I have tried and are better. If it weren't for the rebate, I would have moved on.
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Fairly effective, at a high cost
Pros: Fairly effective at avoiding different malware
Cons: Taxes the CPU quite a bit
Other Thoughts: After bad experiences with McAfee several years (and computers) ago, I hesitantly gave it another chance. Upon installation, I was reminded of one of the biggest reasons I quit using their products. I could hardly use the PC, which is a quad-core CPU with 4GB of RAM. I couldn't use my PC for much else until the auto-learning of McAfee was complete. After this process, it seemed to run smoothly for a few weeks. All of a sudden, it became a CPU hog again. I had to remove it. I did watch tests of McAfee's ability to stop viruses and malware. I even threw a few at it myself. It was fairly effective overall, as long as you faithfully use the Site Advisor browser plug-in. However, I will not go back to it because of the CPU hogging problem. I'll give Intel a few more years to refine the product before giving it another try.
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“easy to install”— RA 3/12/2013
“Taxes the CPU quite a bit”— TheHackman 2/8/2013