McAfee Vs Norton | Which One is Better? (2019)

Are you looking for a better option among the two? McAfee Vs Norton is a comparison made on 5 core features of both the Antiviruses which are:

  • Virus Detection
  • Software Usability
  • Features
  • Value for Money | Pricing
  • Customer Support

I compared each aspect thoroughly and extracted the best antivirus among the two.

Short Answer: McAfee is the winner in this comparison as this antivirus got 3 out 5 points. McAfee wins in the features, pricing and customer support. However, Norton is better in terms of virus detection and overall software usability. Both antiviruses have their own importance and specialties in the market and for their respective users according to the budget, security reasons, security expectations and nature of the customer’s plan in the market. But we need to announce the winner in today’s discussion of McAfee v/s Norton and the winner is “McAfee”. McAfee is a suitable option for those users who do not have a lot of budget and they want moderate level security from viruses, spywares, malwares, serious threats and attacks.

McAfee Vs Norton: Virus Detection & Protection

According to latest AV Test, McAfee scores ranges in between 10-18 in terms of virus detection and protection. The latest test results are shown below in the form of graph.

McAfee Vs Norton

McAfee secured 6 out of 6 points in the latest Protection test conducted by Av-Test in the month of April 2019. The test was particularly for Windows 10 version 22.3.

McAfee Vs Norton

The average influence of McAfee antivirus on the computer speed in daily usage is illustrated in the figure below.

McAfee Performance
Credits: av-test.org

According to recent AV Test conducted, Norton scores ranges in between 13-18 in virus detection and protection. It means that the Norton virus detection is stronger than that of the McAfee.

McAfee Vs Norton

As per the latest test conducted by AV-Test, Norton also secures 6 out of 6 in the overall protection of the system.

The average influence of Norton antivirus on the computer speed in daily usage is illustrated in the figure below

McAfee Vs Norton

Winner: Norton

McAfee Vs Norton: Software Usability

McAfee’s interface is not so user friendly like Norton. It is little bit difficult in operating its control panel but not much. When it comes to McAfee, it does not update a system on regular basis which actually makes this software little lazy and slow in terms of finding and removing the viruses and threats. If we talk about its updating scenario, it updates automatically and it does not harm a system like slowing it down or weakening it in terms of getting on and off automatically, etc. McAfee can be proved a trouble maker, like it does not terminate or remove the traces of viruses and threats completely from the system that makes it less trust-able and preferable.

McAfee Usability

Norton comes with user friendlier interface than McAfee. It provides ultimate security to mobile phones and enables them to create a simple control panel that can be easily used by the users. Norton even comes with one more feature to attract its viewers that is known as Norton Pulse. It helps to update virus filled databases in every 5 to 15 minutes. If you are having slow internet connection in your area then you must suffer with some frustration or you may find it’s working slowly but overall, it really fights with dangerous viruses and serious threats on your system. Norton provides best chat protection and IM controls to the system. Plus, it provides parental control as well like you can control your child’s activity to the unfavorable sites.

Norton antivirus overall usability impact on the system is shown in the below figure. Lower values indicate better results.

McAfee Vs Norton

Winner: Norton

McAfee Vs Norton: Features

McAfee comes with many features like True Key Password and Identity Manager. It must be noted that these features are applicable to your 10 devices only.  It also comes with many other features that make it a good offer for the users like file shredder, live safe file encryption, third party application update manager, extra downloads etc. McAfee does not come with cloud backup feature like Norton. It also comes with content filters, biometric login, password locker, secure auto-login, full synchronization, child activity log, malicious app protection, app privacy protection, memory clean up, app lock, screen-time management and safe search filters.

Norton comes with a relaxing feature that is known as “Safe Web”. This feature is able to detect and target the malicious and spyware link that are found on the walls of Facebook profiles. This helps in saving the system from webcam hijacking. Thanks to the Norton for this lovely feature. It also comes with other features like 25GB of cloud backup, password manager, file cleanup, disk optimizer, sneak peek, startup manager etc. It is also helpful in locating the stolen PCs, tablets and mobile phones. Plus, it must be noted that it does not come with encryption vault as a component of its valuable suite.

Winner: McAfee

McAfee Vs Norton: Pricing

We saw a difference when we talk about one device and multiple devices. McAfee offers complete protection to one device for $24.99 through its “Total Protection Package”.

If we talk about multiple licenses, we will automatically see that McAfee offers something great like $39.99 for 5 licenses.

Plus, McAfee charges only $44.99 for 10 devices.

McAfee wins in the race of providing license to multiple devices.

McAfee provides proper and stress free discount when it comes to Total Protection package.

McAfee Total Protection is of $44.99/year

McAfee LiveSafe is of $99/year

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Norton compromises its prices for 1 license with only $19.99 and $39.99 for 1 device. This step by Norton makes it cheaper than McAfee.

But if we talk about the case of multiple licenses then we will find that Norton charges $49.99 for 5 licenses.

Moreover, Norton charges $54.99 for 10 devices.

Norton wins in the race of giving license to 1 device.

Norton Antivirus Plus is of $39.99/year

Norton 360 Standard is of $49.99/year

Norton 360 Deluxe is of $59.99/year

Norton 360 Deluxe+LifeLock Select is of $99.99/year

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McAfee Vs Norton: Customer Support

McAfee provides customer support via phone call, email and chat. They help 24/7 to their clients. With addition to it, McAfee antivirus users are provided support through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It is important to know that the Official Support Site of McAfee is very helpful and provides complete assistance. It also allows to easily looking for the information that you would like to find as it offers a “Virtual Assistant” for guided solutions. You can also look for the information in knowledge based FAQs and community forums.

Norton provides customer support through email and phone call. It provides proper and informative technical support to its customers via live chat as well that is available for 24/7. Norton also comes with a helpful Support Page with manuals, FAQs, community forms and other product and services related information. It should be noted that it does not provide “Virtual Assistant” support and support via social media channels to its viewers like McAfee. You can contact Norton on their Customer Support page 24 hours a day via chat or call.

Norton Customer Support

But somehow, McAfee customer support is much more responsive at different social platforms than that of the Norton.

Winner: McAfee

Conclusion

It is to be noted that McAfee got top 3 out of 5 and leads in the department of Customer Support, Features and Pricing while Norton took 2 out of 5 with the win in the departments of Software Usability and Virus Detection. Both antiviruses have their own importance and specialties in the market and for their respective users according to the budget, security reasons, security expectations and nature of the customer’s plan in the market. But we need to announce the winner in today’s discussion of “McAfee Vs Norton” and the winner is “McAfee”. McAfee is a suitable option for those users who do not have a lot of budget and they want moderate level security from viruses, spywares, malwares, serious threats and attacks. If the budget is not your constraint, then you can go for “Norton” as it is better in terms of overall virus detection.

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