McAfee has announced the latest version of its most popular product - the Virus Scan 2006. While enjoying pretty favorable reviews from the different online computer magazines editors, this application is heavily criticized by the end users, which claim it slows down their system, displays annoying pop-ups and in general is a flop if compared with other antivirus products on the market. Antivirus McAfee Virus Scan 2006 may suffer low sales rates, as predicted by many experts.
The brand new McAfee Virus Scan 2006 is the crown of McAfee security products line. This application is to protect your computer from various viruses and PUPs (It's the McAfee term for spyware - "Potentially Unwanted Programs"). McAfee Virus Scan 2006 updates its virus signatures list daily and scans all incoming files. Various independent labs claim this new product from McAfee to be capable of detecting and removing viruses, as well as removing PUPs and preventing the installation of the new ones.
ICSA Lab has certified McAfee Virus Scan 2006 for effective virus detection and elimination. The product has also received certifications from other respected and trusted organizations in the sphere of computer security. Virus Scan 2006 is capable of scanning on schedule or on demand.
McAfee Virus Scan 2006 also includes the ScriptStopper to block scripts which can manipulate the system registry or files on your computer; and the WormStopper, which is to block email activity under suspicion. You can study the virus prevalence all over the world with the help of the interactive map.
McAfee Virus Scan 2006 offers no protection from the behavior-based spyware and it can not scan the system registry. The worst threats are being automatically deleted during the scan, and you may choose to delete, quarantine or clean the rest. But the notifications are repeating and annoying. This, along with the significant resource taking, is the main reason of negative feedbacks from many users. Let us quote one of the people commenting the review of McAfee Virus Scan 2006.
I've used McAfee for years. Just upgrade to 9. Found that the software now displays annoyance popup messages whenever an outgoing email is being scanned, and whenever the automatic update feature downloads an update. Its been a hot topic on the tech support forums over at McAfee. There's no way to turn these popups off, and some of them (the automatic update ones) require a mouse click to hide. Frankly, to display those popups by default was a bad design decision (though I admit there are a lot of naive, casual, constantly fearful home users who are probably calmed by them and enjoy them). To not provide a way to turn these messages off is an unforgivable design flaw.
However, Virus Scan 2006 is a very comfortable and easy-to-use antivirus application. Its antivirus protection is somewhat deeper than the standard signature list-based scanning. While the notifications may be pretty annoying, the program is capable of providing the effective cleanup and combat new threats efficiently.