The list of features in McAfee Internet Security Suite 2007 is too long to address one-by-one. It is a very comprehensive suite of tools and utilities which includes the standard-issue antivirus, antispyware, and personal firewall. Internet Security Suite also includes PC maintenance and backup and recovery utilities following the new holistic-approach to security suites introduced by Microsoft. In addition, McAfee provides a number of unique approaches and tools not found in other security suites.
If you click on the Manage Network link on the left pane of the Security Center console, McAfee provides a graphical map of your network showing what devices you are connected to, and lets you control which networks you want to trust and which you want to protect yourself from.
The Maintain Computer screen, also accessed from the links in the left pane, allows you to run various PC maintenance utilities, including disk defragmentation and cleaning up your hard drive. If you initiate a QuickClean, you are presented with a list of checkboxes to determine what types of data you want the utility to scan for and remove. The disk defragmenter and task scheduler are really just front-ends for running the applications built-in to Windows, but having them here is smart because users can protect and maintain their PC’s from one place.
The three most unique aspects of McAfee’s Security Suite are SystemGuards, SiteAdvisor, and X-Ray for Windows. The SystemGuards tool monitors system behavior and alerts you to suspicious activities like an application trying to make changes to the Windows Registry. SiteAdvisor is an antiphishing tool which can plug into either Internet Explorer or Firefox to identify and alert you to potentially unsafe web sites. Finally, McAfee X-Ray for Windows is an antirootkit utility which will detect and remove malicious rootkits from your system.
One tool in the McAfee arsenal that didn’t make this features list for some reason is wireless network security. McAfee does offer a standalone product, McAfee Wireless Home Network Security, which does a fair job. However, protecting wireless networks should definitely be a part of this suite and most users will not buy McAfee Internet Security Suite 2007 and then also make the additional purchase of McAfee Wireless Home Network Security.