McAfee Internet Security Suite consists of McAfee VirusScan, Personal Firewall, SpamKiller, SiteAdvisor, Privacy Service, Data Backup, Network Manager and Shredder. VirusScan stops viruses and spyware. Personal Firewall blocks potentially harmful internet traffic. SpamKiller blocks junk mail. SiteAdvisor protects you from phishing and scam websites. Privacy Service blocks popups, securely stores passwords, restricts the websites which a user is able to access and protects your personal information. Data Backup enables you to create backups of your files. Network Manager enables you to centrally manage the security of the computers connected to your network. Shredder enables you to securely delete files from your computer. Each component can be conveniently accessed via McAfee Internet Security Suite's main dashboard, the Security Center.
Each component is customizable. For example, you can set times from VirusScan to automatically run, adjust the sensitivity of SpamKiller and specify exceptions for Personal Firewall.
Internet Security Suite comes with a QuickClean feature enabling you to quickly delete Temporary Internet Files, delete cookies, delete orphaned registry entries and more.
Internet Security Suite also has a Visual Tracer feature which displays the geographical location of an IP address. It's pure eye candy, but some people might find it amusing.
Overall, Internet Security Suite offers a pretty decent range of features that will help keep your computer and the data it holds safe and secure.
There are two problems with the features offered by McAfee Internet Security Suite. Firstly, if you're running Windows Vista, you'll find a considerable amount of duplication. Internet Security Suite has a phishing filter, and so does Vista. Internet Security Suite has parental controls, and so does Vista. Internet Security Suite has backup tools, and so does Vista. Internet Security Suite has a spam filter, and so does Vista. Furthermore, in many cases, Internet Security Suite really doesn't improve on the functionality that's native to Vista. In some ways it's actually more limited. If you do run Vista, you might well find yourself wishing that you had saved some money and just bought VirusScan. That is the only component you'll actually use.
Secondly, the individual components of Internet Security Suite simply don't stack up too well against the competition. For example, VirusScan is certainly effective, but it's neither as speedy nor as configurative as the equally effective NOD32.