Even though I have a remote CD drive I can connect to my Dell Mini netbook, it was nice not having to haul it out and hook it up. The box comes with instructions and an authorization code to get you to the McAfee website where you can download the latest version of the software. My main concerns were protecting a laptop and netbook running Windows 7, and for that application this is an ideal solution.
I found the packaging to be pretty effective, although there are times when we find ourselves needing to install anti-virus software as a remedial measure because a virus has already prevented us from accessing the web; if that's your situation, this package isn't for you. When you arrive at McAfee's website you register yourself - one user - and you can download the software on up to five devices, including PC, laptop, netbook, tablet or mobile. Total download and installation time, including download, took me approximately 20 minutes and was straightforward on both a laptop and a netbook running Windows OS. McAfee recommends a high speed internet connection for this.
Having used other companies’ protection software in the past, I come back to McAfee because I find them effective and unobtrusive. A lot of what this does runs in the background, which is fine with me, I don't want to know it's there. I switched from Norton years ago because my employer McAfee for their mobile workforce and I found I preferred the McAfee product.
This version of software comes with anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, anti-spam, content filtering, firewall, and website safety ratings available for any and all devices being used PC, MAC, tablet or smartphone. Additional features available for PC only include data encryption, home network defense, online back up, file shredder, instant message monitoring and program blocking. Monitor Online Activities is available for PC and MAC. Available only for mobile devices and tablets are mobile device lock, remote wipe data from mobile device, back up and restore mobile data, locate and track mobile devices, and uninstall protection.
Supported OS include Windows XP SP3+ (32 bit), Windows Vista SP1 (32 / 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 / 64 bit), Mac OS X 10.5+, Google Android 2.1+ (smartphones and tablets), Mac iOS (iPhone software sold separately at the Apple App store), Blackberry 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.0, 6.0, Symbian S60 3rd & 5th edition, Supported browsers for anti-phishing include Internet Explorer 7.0+, Firefox 3.5+, Safari 3.0+ and Chrome 6.0+. Required for anti-spam toolbar Windows Mail or Outlook Express 6.0+. Outlook XP+, Eudora 6.0+, Thunderbird 1.5+, McAfee anti-spam also supports other POP3 email clients (without SSL) and web accounts.