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A Comparison of McAfee vs ZoneAlarm by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of McAfee vs ZoneAlarm by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of September 30, 2014).


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Versions:

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 - This is the entry level McAfee product. It comes jam packed with a lot of useful features including the standard antivirus scanning, a firewall, a digital file shredder, PC tuneup, and portable USB scanning.

McAfee Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security includes the same features of Antivirus Plus with additional features like anti-spam, online backup, and parental monitoring.

McAfee Total Protection 2014 - Total Protection includes the same funtionality as Internet Security but it comes with even more features like wireless network protection, encrypted storage, and anti-phishing technology.
Versions:

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus 2013 - ZoneAlarm has gone to a free edition as their entry level product. The free version does have a lot of functionality though. It includes standard antivirus scans but also has a firewall, an anti-phishing toolbar, and file scanning on downloads.

ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2013 - Internet Security edition includes the same features of the Free Antivirus but with additional features including parental controls, a live chat support option and an increase in antivirus dictionary update speed (from 24 hours to 1 hour).

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2013 - Extreme Security includes the same features of Internet Security but also comes with a virtual browsing sandbox and a PC Tuneup option.
Strengths:

McAfee comes loaded with features in all versions that other competitors require upgrades for or do not include at all. These include features like the digital data shredder (which permanently deletes files so they cannot be recovered), a firewall, a PC tuneup and a USB and removable drive scan.
The wireless network protection is an interesting option which is often overlooked by most antivirus competitors.
Active Protection technology provides immediate protection against malicious threats to your PC. A new threat can be analyzed and blocked in a split second rather than waiting hours for traditional techniques.
Strengths:

Most free versions of antivirus do not come with a firewall and anti-phishing technologies. Those are both nice options to have.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security has a virtual browsing sandbox which is a personal favorite of ours. We like antivirus solutions that provide a browsing experience where you can't mess up your system if you accidentally visit a malicious website. For this reason it's worth the upgrade.
Perhaps the most creative antivirus feature in the space, ZoneAlarm will monitor your credit score and alert you if there are changes to your credit files.
Virtual Sandbox:

No. We do not see a virtual sandbox option in McAfee
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. There is a Browser Virtualization feature with ZoneAlarm.
PC Optimization:

Yes. McAfee addresses unused applications, temporary internet files, and other items slowing down your PC. McAfee QuickClean™ removes these problems to enhance PC performance.
PC Optimization:

Yes. ZoneAlarm cleans and organizes the data on the PC. Some of the features include Registry repair and defrag and a local disk defrag.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. McAfee Total Protection 2014 offers online backup protection (up to 2GB).
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. ZoneAlarm has online backup functionality.
Parental Control:

Yes. McAfee restricts inappropriate websites from children and it can limit online time as well.
Parental Control:

Yes. Adult websites can be filtered out. There is an ability to create a custom list of websites to block. Internet usage can be controlled for kids. ZoneAlarm can even block games that are rated too mature for children.
Chat / IM Protection:

No. We can't find any specific chat / IM monitoring with McAfee.
Chat / IM Protection:

No. We don't see chat monitoring protection with ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2013.
Customer Support:

McAfee offers a "Virtual Techician" to troubleshoot common problems, and if necessary online chat, email, and phone support are available.
Customer Support:

Support includes online troubleshooting, forums and online live chat 24 / 7.
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