Apr 17 2010

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Should you worry if your PC or laptop computer doesn’t have anti-virus software installed?

Yes you should!

If you are connecting to the internet then you simply must be protected against viruses, malware and spyware. Not having virus protection for your computer is not an option these days – there are just too many threats around in cyberspace.

Here we provide you with an at-a-glance guide of the best anti-virus software on the market in Australia.

How we are different

Unlike the majority of virus protection review sites, who only show their own ratings, we show the latest ratings from four industry-leading sources:

* CNet
* PC Mag
* PC World
* PC Authority

Six of the best security/virus software packages on the market

Below is a table of comparison of antivirus software, with ratings. Virus protection ratings are taken from leading industry websites.

Product

Pros

Cons

CNet

PC Mag

PCWorld

PC Authority

Norton Internet Security 2010

Norton Internet Security 2010

RRP: AU$99.99

  • New behavioural reputation engine – “Quorum”
  • Effective firewall module
  • Good CPU usage
  • Vista system footprint of 613MB
  • Faster installation and ‘quick scan’ speeds than previous version
  • Poor traditional malware detection methods
  • Slightly confusing layout
  • A bit more expensive than some AVs
  • Full Scan speed longer slower than competitors
8.4/10 4.5/5 N/R 5.0/6 More information on Norton Internet Security 2010
Norton Antivirus 2010

Norton Antivirus 2010

RRP: AU$49.99

  • Lighter on your CPU than previous version
  • Bolsters last year’s detection engine with a new behavioural detection system
  • Good choice for non-technical people
  • Impressive, polished user interface
  • Not the best detection rate
  • Initial malware scan can be slow
8.1/10 4.5/5 4.5/5 N/R More information on Norton Antivirus 2010
Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

RRP: AU$39.95

  • Fast threat detection and removal
  • Intelligent Application Control
  • Hardened against malware attacks
  • Improved spam filtering
  • Malware clean-up left behind many traces
  • Slowed system performance somewhat
  • Slow (23 seconds) startup time
7.8/10 3.5/5 4.0/5 5.0/6 More information on Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
McAfee Total Protection 2010
McAfee Total Protection 2010
RRP: AU$129.95
  • Faster and lighter than previous version
  • SiteAdvisor module performed well in web test
  • Overhauled performance
  • Doesn’t hog resources
  • Not that easy to install
  • Technical support
  • Weak firewall left TCP ports exposed
7.5/10 N/R 4.0/5 4.0/6 More information on McAfee Total Protection 2010
PC Tools Internet Security 2010

PC Tools Internet Security 2010
RRP: AU$59.95

  • Excellent malware cleanup
  • Great protection against new malware infestation
  • Browser Defender identifies bad sites and detects malicious Web code
  • Accurate spam filter
  • Phishing protection less effective than IE alone
  • Firewall’s program control defaults to weak setting
  • Spam filter significantly slows e-mail downloading
  • Slows boot process
7.0/10 3.5/5 3.5/5 4.0/6 More information on PC Tools Internet Security 2010
Trend Micro Internet Security Pro

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro

RRP: AU$129.95

  • One of the most comprehensive security suites on the market
  • Behaviour-based prevention system
  • Security for Symbian and Windows Mobile devices
  • Poor cleanup of detected malware
  • Poor phishing protection
7.2/10 3.5/5 3.0/5 4.0/6 More information on Trend Micro Internet Security Pro

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