What is MCAFEE TOTAL PROTECTION?


At its core, McAfee Total Protection provides our award-winning antivirus to defend against viruses, online threats and ransomware with both cloud-based online and offline protection. Beyond your Windows PCs, McAfee Total Protection provides cross-device protection that extends your peace of mind to your Macs and iOS or Android mobile devices, so you can enjoy security at home and on-the-go across all your compatible devices.


Award-winning performance
McAfee Total Protection is consistently ranked as one of the fastest PC security experiences and includes a variety of tools to optimize your PC's performance, keep it clean of cookies and temporary files, and even pause annoying autoplay videos.


McAfee is more than antivirus
As digital threats continue to evolve, the need for comprehensive protection beyond antivirus is increasing. This is where Microsoft Defender falls shorts, and where McAfee excels. McAfee Total Protection not only protects your devices, but also covers your identity and financial information, Wi-Fi connections, and even your browsing.


Prevent unauthorized access to your accounts
Keep your banking and credit card info under lock and key. Our secure VPN uses bank-grade encryption to shield your data wherever you're connected, so you can bank, shop, and browse like nobody's watching. Our password manager will also store, autofill, and generate complex passwords for all your accounts - even on mobile.


Your guide to safer, smarter browsing
Keep your personal info private using our color-coded links to guide you away from dangerous websites on search results and social media pages. We'll help protect you from phising attacks, tech scams, and even block downloads that might contain viruses.


Multi-device protection for your modern connected family
With all the Windows PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones that help power your family's day-to-day, is hard enough to keep track of their devices, much less protect them. With a single McAfee Total Protection subscription, you can protect one, five, or ten devices without skipping a beat, and most importantly without slowing the family down.

Secure VPN


Available when you're enrolled in auto-renewal, our Secure VPN uses bank-grade AES 256-bit encryption to keep your browsing information and online habits protected at home and on-the-go.

Password Manager


Our passwords are the keys to our digital kingdom. Take the guesswork out of creating and remembering complex passwords with our Password Manager, which can store, auto-fill and even generate unique complex passwords. For added convenience, you can access your shared passwords on your PC and mobile devices with a single account.

Spam Filter


Just say "no" to inbox-clogging junk mail by using our built-in Spam Filter for Microsoft Outlook to remove junk mail before it reaches your inbox.

McAfee® WebAdvisor


McAfee WebAdvisor enable Web protection enables you to sidestep attacks before they happen with clear warnings of risky websites, links and files, so you can browse, shop and bank with confidence.

PC Optimization


PC Optimization help your PC go faster while ensuring you still have top-notch security. Web Boost helps rescue both your battery and bandwidth from distracting auto-play videos by automatically pausing them. And with App Boost, apps that you're actively working on will automatically receive a boost in resources, so you can get the job done faster.

File Lock and Shredder™


File Lock allows you to create password-protected encrypted drives on your PC that only appear when you've unlocked them, perfect for storing sensitive files like tax returns and financial documents. And finally, when you're looking to dispose of sensitive files, McAfee Shredder securely deletes files so that would-be thieves can't put the pieces back together.

McAfee® QuickClean™


Because much of your digital life exists in files on your computer, you can use McAfee QuickClean to remove temporary files and cookies to reclaim storage space and minimize exposure.

Vulnerability Scanner


Many vulnerabilities on your PC are due to out-of-date apps. With Vulnerability Scanner, you can update Windows and your apps from one place, streamlining Windows and application updates with a single tool that scans and installs critical updates.

McAfee® Safe Family


Available with McAfee Total Protection for 10 devices, McAfee Safe Family provides robust parental controls for your kids' Windows PCs and Android/iOS devices. Packed with useful features, Safe Family gives you an extra set of hands to juggle your kids' digital lives, from helping them build good habits to managing their app usage and online time. You can even keep track of their location when they're getting some much-needed outdoor time.

Free vs Paid Antivirus


Usually Free Antivirus Software offers baseline malware protection that may not be sufficient to combat the ever-evolving threat landscape, particularly when it comes to the wide variety of zero-day threats and/or digital threats that go beyond just antivirus. Rest assured that with our free 30-day trial you will get all the features of our flagship McAfee Total Protection, including antivirus, web protection, password manager, file encryption and more. Take advantage of our free trial and gain greater peace of mind every time you use your devices.

Why Should You Pay for a Security Solution


Let's be real - we all love free stuff. However, when it comes to my family's security, am I willing to risk their safety due to the limitations of free solutions?

Free tools simply don't offer the level of advanced protection that modern technology users need. Today's users require solutions that are as sophisticated as the threats they face, including everything from new strains of malware to hacking-based attacks. These solutions also quite literally limit consumers' online activity too, as many impose limits on which browser or email program the user can leverage, which can be inconvenient as many already have a preferred browser or email platform (I know I do).

Free security solutions also carry in-app advertising for premium products or, more importantly, may try to sell user data. Also, by advertising for premium products, the vendor indirectly admits that a free solution doesn't provide enough security. These tools also offer little to no customer support, leaving users to handle any technical difficulties on their own. What's more, most free security solutions are meant for use on only one device, whereas the average consumer owns over three connected devices.

Security should provide a forcefield that covers users in every sense of the word - the devices they use, where they go online, how they manage and store information, and their personal data itself.

Avoiding fake antivirus software


Fake antivirus software is one of the most persistent threats on the internet today. Masquerading as legitimate antivirus software, fake antivirus software is in fact a malicious program that extorts money from you to "fix" your computer. And often, this new "antivirus" program disables legitimate security software that you already have, exposing you to real threats.

These rogue programs try to hook you while you are browsing the web by displaying a popup window that warns you that your computer may be infected, and that you need to download (fake) security software to fix the problem. This type of software is often referred to as "scareware" since the pop-ups use messages like "You have a virus," as a way to get you to click.

Most of us are eager to get rid of any potential problems as quickly as possible, which in turn has made the bad guys who make fake antivirus software so successful. Once you agree to the purchase, the cybercriminals end up with your credit card details and other personal information, and you get nothing but malware in return.

Knowing when a site is spoofed


Scammers trying to phish your personal information have extremely sophisticated tools that help disguise malicious websites to look nearly identical to their legitimate shopping, banking or even government counterparts, complete with stolen company logos and site designs. The aim is to trick you into entering your credit card details or banking login info into the fake site. To avoid falling for this, go directly to the source by typing the address of a website directly into the address bar of your browser instead of following a link from an email or internet search. If you receive any suspicious links in your email, checking the domain (or .com that it was sent from) is usually a good way to tell if the source is legitimate or not. With McAfee WebAdvisor, you can sidestep malicious sites with clear warnings of risky websites, links and file downloads.

How to know if you’ve been hacked


Depending on the type of infection, your device may exhibit varying behavior. For example:

  1. Filled screen - a screen that's become filled with a matrix of numbers or skull-and-crossbones accompanied by ransom instructions are consistent with being infected by ransomware.
  2. Spikes in Data Usage - if your data usage is increasing but you're not sure why, malware may be to blame. This could mean that a program is running in the background, likely stealing your information and transmitting it back to cybercriminals.
  3. Browser pop-ups - while pop-up ads for the most part aren't harmful (just annoying), if you're seeing these ads when your browser is closed, you could be dealing with malware.
  4. Overheating - phones and computers are high-performance devices, but if your device unexpectedly gets hot and you're not doing anything intensive or charging the device, it's possible that malware could be stealing performance from that device and using those resources for cryptomining or other nefarious acts.
  5. Faster Battery Drain - similar to overheating, if your battery life becomes unexpectedly short, it could be because malware is running in the background and draining your power.


In all these cases, there's a strong possibility you've been hacked. The sad truth is that hackers now have a multitude of ways to get into your devices, without ever touching them.

With access to your computer, hackers could retrieve your passwords and open the door to your accounts. For example, an intruder could sign in to your accounts as you, spam your contacts with phishing attacks, add new mobile lines or even request credit cards. That's why it's important to be able to recognize when your PC or phone has been hacked, especially since some of the signs can be subtle.

The good news is that many of these attacks can be avoided with a strong security software that's purpose-built for that device to detect and remove these threats before they can attack, whether it's a Windows PC, Mac, iOS device or Android device.

System Requirement


Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1 fully patched (32- and 64-bit)
  • Build 4.11.1 or higher: macOS 10.15 and above
  • Build 4.9.1: macOS 10.12 - 10.14
  • Google Android smartphones and tablets 7 or higher
  • Apple iOS 13 or later


Supported Email Programs for Anti-Spam

  • POP3 Outlook, Thunderbird
  • MAPI (Microsoft Exchange Server) Outlook
  • WebMail Any webmail account with IMAP/POP3 access.(Anti-Spam checks the email you receive through a browser)


Required for Anti-Spam Toolbar

  • Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019
  • Thunderbird 38.0+


Supported Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 11.0
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari (macOS and iOS only)
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based)


Hardware

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 500 MB free drive space
  • 1 GHz Processor


Internet Connection Required

  • High-speed connection recommended