McAfee Internet Security

Shared Antivirus Features

Bell Internet Security Services Review
As with previous versions, setting up parental control for a child's account that has Administrator privileges triggers a big warning. Subtracting the start of the boot process as reported by Windows yields the length of time required to boot the system. Fortunately, the days of resource-hog suites are long in the past. I would not pay anything to Bell I don't have to. Then I have them installed when I used to buy Dell's laptops. For that price, you get a password manager that focuses strongly on multifactor authentication, along with a spam filter and parental control system that you may not need.

Other Shared Features


The Friends list identifies addresses or domains that should always reach the Inbox. You can manually edit this list, add friends from the email client toolbar, or add all your contacts to the Friends list. There's also an option to automatically block messages written using character sets for languages you don't speak. If you do need spam filtering at the local level, McAfee can handle it.

Where many products limit protection to POP3 accounts, McAfee can filter Exchange accounts and even pull spam from your webmail. If you don't need it, well, at least it isn't installed by default. McAfee's parental control component hasn't changed significantly in years.

In fact, it's nearing the end of its life. My McAfee contact indicates that by the first quarter of it will be withdrawn, and McAfee Internet Security will not include a parental control component. No parental control is probably better than a lame parental control system. Rather, your subscription gives you access to McAfee Safe Family , a modern, cross-platform parental control system.

Parental control isn't part of the default installation, which makes sense, given that nonparents don't need it, and some parents don't want it. The first time you try to use it, you go through a simple install process and set a configuration password, so the kids can't turn it off.

When you go to configure protection, you'll find that it's quite limited. For each child's Windows account, you can choose content categories for blocking and set a schedule for Internet use.

You can also view a report of activity for each child or all children. As with previous versions, setting up parental control for a child's account that has Administrator privileges triggers a big warning.

And yet, many parents do give older children Administrator accounts, to avoid constantly having to jump in and supply an admin password any time the child wants to install a new game. Most other parental control systems manage to handle Administrator accounts. To configure the content filter, you first choose one of five age ranges. Doing so preconfigures which of the 20 content categories to block. Rather than the usual list with checkboxes, McAfee displays a list of blocked categories and another list of allowed categories, with arrow buttons to move items back and forth between the lists.

Most are what you'd expect, but I'd sure like to see a site that gets blocked for "Historical Revisionism. There's an option to block search links to sites containing inappropriate images or language, but what it really does is attempt to force Safe Search in the search engines.

The content filter does handle websites that use HTTPS, which means your kid won't sleaze past the filter using a secure anonymizing proxy. I couldn't uncouple the content filter using the three-word network command that foiled parental control in a few less advanced products. Last year I found that many truly raunchy sites slipped right past the filter.

This time around, the content filter blocked every naughty site I dreamed up. Like many parental control systems, McAfee offers a scheduling grid that lets you schedule permitted times for internet access. However, it remains the most awkward implementation of this feature that I've encountered. You can't drag a rectangle to, say, block from midnight to six every morning of the week. You can only drag within one day's column. The grid is so tall that you can only select about seven hours at a time, and it doesn't auto-scroll when you hit the edge.

This feature could be so much easier to use! The kids can't fool it by resetting the system clock, but, as the product warns, a kid with Administrator access could get around it by tweaking the time zone. The simple parental report lists all domains blocked, along with their categories. It also logs all attempts to use the Internet when the schedule doesn't allow it. Don't bother installing this suite's parental control component. It's going away in a few months, in any case.

If parental control is something you need, pick a top-notch standalone product. Or look to a suite whose parental control component is comprehensive and effective, such as Kaspersky, Norton, or Check Point ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. In my briefing on this year's product line, I was told about big changes in password management. True Key would be rebranded as McAfee Password Manager, and no longer available as a separate product.

My McAfee contact explained that the changeover should happen by March, mentioning the company needed "to honor commitments to certain partners. While you can install McAfee Internet Security on every device in your household, you only get a license for one True Key profile.

If you want a separate profile for each family member, you'll have to upgrade to McAfee Total Protection, which comes with five licenses. It syncs nicely across them all, and supports a dazzling array of multifactor authentication options, including email verification, trusted device management, master password, face recognition, and fingerprint recognition.

You can even reset a lost master password using multiple other authentication factors. With almost all other password managers, losing your master password means you've lost all your data. True Key's multifactor authentication system works nicely, and it handles standard password manager functions, but it lacks advanced features found in the best competing products. There's no secure password sharing, password inheritance, or automated password updating.

It doesn't even fill personal data into web forms. Getting it free as part of this suite is great. But if you're paying, you'll be better off with one of our Editors' Choice password managers.

If your security suite puts such a drag on system performance that you turn it off, that's not very good protection. Fortunately, the days of resource-hog suites are long in the past.

I still test performance impact using a few simple tests. I time certain common activities before and after installing the suite, averaging multiple runs, to come up with a percentage reflecting impact on performance. My sister still uses them, but has a lot of problems, she thinks she is protected by Bell, but she is not. I would not pay anything to Bell I don't have to. Read here the several options given for free protection under Malware and General Security, you will come across several suggestions.

I agree that technical support from oversee is very week. I found out a trick how to get good suupport from Ottawa. The first time you call with an issue you are directed oversee. If you repeat the call same day probably they escalate your call to next level in Ottawa.

This is where you get a totally better experience. I got that already 2 times. Now regarding the cost: That's why I am still interested in hearing from people that are using it or they tried to use it and find out real user feedback not just opinions without factual info. One important piece of the package that I am interested is the Firewall, how good is it. If you are not paying extra, then Bell's Service should be ok. You can use Windows firewall or get Comodo: Many reputable sites recommend it to use the free version.

Also try ATF Cleaner: I am with an IP long before Bell introduced Sympatico, so I only know what my do-workers and relatives told me about experiences with Bell. On the other hand, I do have a Bell phone nothing else is available where I am and they are ok, once you call after a long wait to be connected to Nov 27, Messages: I have been using Bell Internet Security for about 3 months now and have had no problems with loading or computer speeds.

As for the protection it seems to be doing a great job, my computer runs smoothly without problems, i routinely clean my computer with CCleaner also.

One issue that i have come across is with compatibility with internet explorer 9 and the Bell Service Advisor causing it to not load, but this does not affect the Bell Internet Security. I hope this helps you in your decision, I have also been looking for reviews about it but just decided to give it a try since it was included in my internet and haven't regretted it yet. As I said, if protection is included, then try it and if no problem exists, run Malwarebytes every once in a while.

Welcome to Tech Support Guy! Similar Threads - Bell Internet Security. Then I have them installed when I used to buy Dell's laptops.

All was well until one day I have to re-install 2 yrs or so ago because of an issue on a laptop. The newer version as opposed to update versions nearly killed my then 5 yrs old core 2 duo with 2GB RAM laptop to death.

In fact everyone that uses them or pays them a single dime should consider dumping them and sending a msg to them. If you are using MS security essentials do you still need a full suite like Kasperasky internet protection what I currently use. I have always been weary of the anything that is not a full internet protection suite.

Substantial price increase coming? Can XP still be activated?