McAfee AntiSpyware 2006
March 9, 2006
Having spyware protection on your computer is essential in today's world. Spyware protection protects your system from malicious files and programs that you can pick up all over the Internet. These programs then can wreak havoc on your system, such as compromising secure personal information and slowing down your computer. McAfee's security products have done a great job in the past at keeping your system secure, but does their 2006 anti-spyware product live up to that expectation? Our full review tells you all that you need to know.
To start, this is McAfee's second version of its relatively new AntiSpyware suite. We do believe
The biggest change from last years version is the new interface to the same style that McAfee's AntiVirus suite uses. They have also changed the spyware threat detection engine to a much more functional and effective version. Real-time scanning has also been added, so files are constantly being scanned for spyware threats as they are updated and changed.
During several test scans, the full system scan took an average of about 30 minutes to scan the entire system, which isn't terrible, but it isn't fast either. What might even be worse is that despite the mediocre scan times, the program still missed significant spyware threats, including the spyware's very own system registry modifications. McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 also includes a scan scheduler and can automatically update its definitions, but we were disappointed that it isn't have
In review, we do recommend that if you do not have any current antivirus and firewall installed currently on your computer, you should purchase an "all-in-one" security suite, such as
In regards to McAfee AntiSpyware 2006, if you only want an anti-spyware program, we suggest that you look at something a little bit stronger, such as Webroot's Spy Sweeper 4.5. However, if you do want a simple and easy to use antispyware program, then McAfee AntiSpyware 2006 will do the job.
Pros: Easy to use, real-time protection, lots of options and controls, nice interface
Cons: Mediocre scan times, not the best detection/removal of spyware
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