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McAfee updates security line for 2005

Security software specialist McAfee has updated its home user line with the launch of its 2005 product family.

Security specialist McAfee has updated its home user line with the launch of its 2005 software family. The vendor’s updated range includes firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-hacking titles in the form of VirusScan Home (and Professional) 9.0, Personal Firewall Plus 6.0, Spamkiller 6.0, Privacy Service 7.0, Internet Security Suite 7.0 and QuickClean 5.0.

Speaking at the UAE launch of McAfee’s new home range, Abdulrahman Gorashi, general manager SMB & Consumer, Middle East & Pakistan, claimed that because the country leads the region in terms of IT penetration, the risks to data integrity and PC security are therefore greater than in other Middle Eastern countries. If left unchecked, he added, these threats “can severely affect end-user productivity.”

McAfee’s new $35 version of VirusScan Home is the ninth incarnation to hit the market and includes an enhanced user interface. It also features a new web dialler detector, an improved scheduled scan that detect viruses and spyware, automatic updates that scan for spyware signature files and inbound and outbound e-mail and Instant Message (IM) scanning for popular e-mail clients. The Professional version meanwhile is available as a two-user licence and bundles McAfee’s SpamKiller 6.0 and Shredder titles, all for $45.

Personal Firewall Plus 6.0 has been updated to better safeguard online communications. This $35 program has seen its application handling features improved so that malicious applications are automatically denied outbound net access if the software considers them capable of secretly transmitting personal data. McAfee’s $20 Spamkiller 6.0 uses a multi-layered filtering engine to detect and delete unsolicited, fraudulent, inappropriate and offensive e-mails, helping keep users’ inboxes free of unwanted junk.

QuickClean is the McAfee program of choice for users looking to sprucing up their systems, as this package has been designed simply to dump digital debris for cluttered PCs. The $20 release’s main feature is Application Remnant Cleaner (ARC), which is concerned with hunting out and deleting files and folders left behind after applications have been uninstalled. Finally, McAfee has updated its all-in-one Internet Security Suite title (to version 7.0), which includes VirusScan, Personal Firewall Plus, SpamKiller, Privacy Services (only available online) and Parental Controls. Available as a two-user licence version, this suite costs $50.

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