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This product was discontinued because it's now part of McAfee Internet Security Suite. Make sure to check out our reviews of other internet filter software.

McAfee Parental Controls is now a part of McAfee Internet Security Suite. Please see our review for Internet Security Suite. Head back to our matrix to look at other options for internet filter software.

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Feature Set
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7.5/10
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9.8
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2.5

Even though there are a plethora of options as far as setting up ratings, sensitivities, and individual profiling, they are very difficult to understand. The overblocking/underblocking was very good, but when you did get a blocked website and performed an override function, there was an occasional looping of override options.

Ease of Use
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2.5/10
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10
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5.6
5

There were numerous options and acronyms that most users have no idea of what they mean. This is not for the novice computer user. Even though there are a plethora of options as far as setting up ratings, sensitivities, and individual profiling, they are very difficult to understand.

Ease of Installation
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2.5/10
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10
9.8
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5

McAfee Parental Controls was extremely difficult to setup. If your computer is not setup with separate users, this can be a very complex setup procedure.

Filtering Effectiveness
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7.5/10
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10
9.8
7.5
7.5
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5.6
5

The overblocking/underblocking was very good, but when you did get a blocked website and performed an override function, there were occasional looping of override options.

McAfee Parental Controls Summary:
5/10

The application is very visual in its graphics, a very nice design. Overall, a good product, but more work needs to be done to elevate the ranking of this product.

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Software » Security & Privacy » Internet Filter Software Review » McAfee Parental Controls

McAfee Parental Controls 1.5 SB

Pros
Very simple override function. Individual profiles ideal for computers with multiple users. Protects against MalWare and blocks clear phishing attempts.

Cons
Frequently requires multiple overrides on one site. Comparatively demanding on system resources.

The Verdict
: 5/10

In conjunction with McAfee's anti-virus suite, McAfee Parental Controls provides comprehensive protection in terms of both offensive material and malware.