mcafee- brand name benefits?

this is for a personal laptop that will be used in travel (mostly wifi spots for access)
 is there more benefits to having mcafee.. the understanding is it is not free and supposed to be better.. but i am also told it is bulky..
 could you suggest your expert recommendations on this situation? (This is mainly for antivirus)
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I wasn't a fan of McAfee for it does eventually start to rip down the system when doing updates and scans.  Better off just loading a free one and keeping your money.  I use microsoft security essentials for my antivirus.  I also use CCleaner after i get done surfing the web to flush out all the garbage.

Microsoft Security Essentials:

Yes, it's bulky.

There are several free alternatives available: AVAST, AVG, and Avira...  (recommendation: Avira).

If you wish that it be light on resources, please consider using Panda Cloud antivirus.

The above, in my experience, are better than M. But, which antivirus to use is generally a matter of personal preference and Internet habits.

You could also visit AV TEST web site to see their relative performances in tests.

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