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McAfee Total Protection

McAfee Inc
Devices supported
Operating system
Mac OS X
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 98
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
84.95 €
Language of interface
arabic, bulgarian, chinese, czech, danish, dutch, english, estonian, french, german, greek, hebrew, hungarian, italian, japanese, korean, norwegian, polish, portuguese, russian, serbian, slovak, spanish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 4th test cycle, Summer 2016

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 2.0 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 2.0 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: The tool is embedded in a security suite, but only the parental control features were subject of this test. Process bars indicate the progress of the various steps of the installation, which is quick and straightforward. Parental Control functions need to be installed separately after the main installation is finished. This takes less than a minute.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration process is comprehensible. The process can be individualised with regard to several filter tasks and the user can influence the amount of information in an adequate way. The configuration progress is easy to learn and context-sensitive explanations are generally available.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides no options to react when a website has been blocked. A context-sensitive alert message is provided, but it does not specifically address children. The reporting is comprehensible.

Usability of the installation process: 2.8
Usability of the configuration process: 3.1
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.6

Overall score for usability: 2.9 out of 4 points


McAfee LiveSafe is part of the McAfee Total Protection security suite. It is possible to create a user profile that is directly linked to each Windows account and to customise it by either using default settings according to age groups, or by choosing content categories individually. Additionally, the parent can indicate specific URLs to be blocked (creation of a black list) or allowed (creation of a white list). Parents can specify time frames for using the internet. Access to social media and streaming content can be blocked.


Access to harmful content throught Google translate.
Uninstalled without asking credentials or pin"
Overall score for security: 1 out of 4 points


Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices Yes
Monitoring Remote access to monitoring No
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List No
Default White List No
Modification OR Creation Yes
URLs Black List Creation of User's own Black List Yes
Keywords Keywords Default Black List No
Default White List No
Creation of a User's Black List No
Creation of a User's White List No
Time Time Limit Settings Set a specific time frame or web access duration Yes
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
Redirect to safe resources Yes
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
Safe search Availability No
Social Networks Block Access Yes
Monitor Usage No
Personal data Provision Block No
Streaming Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application Yes
Monitor Downloads No
Skype Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Windows Life Messenger Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Email Block email client and/or webmail access Yes


Yes / No
I: installation in 3 steps or lessNo
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersNo

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringYes
C: different content criteria for the filteringYes
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesYes
C: overall comprehensible configurationYes
C: overall conformity with user expectationsYes
C: overall easy to learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languageNo
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingNo
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingYes


The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLYes
Using an alternative browserYes
Changing time and date settings*Yes
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*No
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task ManagerYes
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetYes
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheYes
Reaching a website through translation sitesNo
Renaming a blocked applicationYes
Using Safe ModeYes
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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