McAfee® Internet Security For Windows® Vista
As operating systems like Windows® Vista become popular, hackers with malicious intent develop
McAfee® Internet Security for Windows Vista
viruses, Trojans and Internet worms to cause harm to users using these operating systems by trying to exploit yet-to-be discovered loop holes. Comprehensive online and end-point protection is needed along with the basic antivirus to protect the users from threats. The antivirus needs to be extensive and exhaustive in its virus database and pro-active in finding out newer threats and blocking out suspicious behavior. The Antivirus should also depend on behavior modeling and heuristic analysis to block 0 day exploits which are yet to be updated in virus signature databases. McAfee® Internet Security is a leading antivirus which is compatible on Windows® Vista.
The three areas of discussion are:
- Need for Security
- Key features of McAfee® Internet Security
- Issues with McAfee® Internet Security on Windows® Vista
Need for Security
The internet has become a minefield for new viruses and exploits which can enter the computer without any detection. The newest worms don’t just corrupt the host system data but also turn these hosts into computers which are further used for spreading worms. The security provided should be comprehensive with antivirus, firewall, anti-spamming and end-point security. Email viruses can hack into address books and use that information for online impersonation and malicious mails. With new operating systems like Vista and Windows® 7, new vulnerabilities are being discovered which need to be covered by the internet security software.
Key features of McAfee® Internet Security
McAfee® Internet Security software 2010 provides comprehensive PC and identity protection to keep users very safe from online threats, and also shields them from potentially risky websites. It offers antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing and two-way firewall protection services. In addition, it includes antispam, parental controls, 1GB of online backup and site advisor, a website safety advisor so consumers can safely surf the Internet. The Site Advisor gives color coded alerts depending on the authenticity of the site. McAfee® has added Active Protection Technology to guard against the latest viruses which are not yet present in the update files.
Issues with McAfee® Internet Security on Vista
McAfee® Internet Security has been known to have some issues with Windows Vista Security Center. McAfee® has also failed the Virus Bulletin 100 certification on Windows Vista in 2007 due to update problems. Being very resource intensive, the internet security ends up making the Vista very slow. The interface is not very intuitive and it’s not easy for a non technical user to understand how to configure various options and troubleshoot.
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