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Ultimate Security Suites Showdown (Part 4)

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Why the other four missed the cut…

The security software market is highly competitive, and it showed in our test results, where no suite detected less than 97.8 percent of recent known malware samples, or blocked less than 94.4 percent of new malware in our real-world attack-blocking tests. False positives were also largely a non-issue. But if you look closely, you can find some difference among the suites.

In particular, we noticed differences in the ease of use of the suites we tested. While some packages (such as Norton and Trend Micro) were user-friendly and polished, others (such as Avira and G Data) were less so and seemed to be designed with expert users in mind.

In the end, even the lower-ranked suites performed reasonably well, but they didn’t stand out enough to claim a higher ranking. Visit pcadvisor.co.uk to see a complete listing of the suites we reviewed for 2013.

F-Secure

Price: $59 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 4.5/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 F-Secure

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 99%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 100%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

·         Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 90%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 76

·         On-access (secs)2: 230

Design

·         Interface: Very good

·         Norton: $73.5 inc VAT (3PCs, 1 yr), 4.5 stars

·         Product name: Internet Security (2013)

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 99.8%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 100%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 90%

·         Active and inactive malware: 60%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 79

·         On-access (secs)2: 175

Design

·         Interface: Superior

Trend Micro

Price: $89 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 4.5/5

Product name: Titanium Internet Security 2013

 Titanium Internet Security 2013

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 100%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 100%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 80%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 110

·         On-access (secs)2: 341

Design

·         Interface: Very good

Bitdefender

Price: $66 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 4.5/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 Bitdefender

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 98.8%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 100%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 90%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 121

·         On-access (secs)2: 341

Design

·         Interface: Very good

Kaspersky

Price: $75 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 4/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 - Kaspersky

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 98.1%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 94.4%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 80%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 70

·         On-access (secs)2: 368

Design

·         Interface: Very good

Mcafee

Price: $81 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 4/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 - Mcafee

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 99.9%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 94.4%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 70%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 95

·         On-access (secs)2: 300

Design

·         Interface: Very good

G Data

Price: $66 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 3.5/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 - G Data

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 99.7%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 100%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 0%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 80%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 116

·         On-access (secs)2: 362

Design

·         Interface: Fair

AVG

Price: $75 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 3.5/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 - AVG

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 97.8%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 94.4%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 5.6%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 90%

·         Active and inactive malware: 60%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 108

·         On-access (secs)2: 391

Design

·         Interface: Very good

Avira

Price: $77 (3PCs, 1 yr)

Verdict: 3.5/5

Product name: Internet Security 2013

Internet Security 2013 - Avira

Malware detection

·         Signature-based: 98.8%

·         Fully blocked real-world malware: 94.4%

·         Partially blocked real-world malware: 5.6%

Successful infection cleanup

·         Active malware1: 100%

·         Active and inactive malware: 50%

Scan speed

·         On-demand (secs)2: 101

·         On-access (secs)2: 266

Design

·         Interface: Fair

Percentages rounded to the nearest 10th. All tests conducted at default settings. 1Cleanup of active malware files. Does not include removal of Registry changes or insert files. 2Time to scan 4.5GB of data; lower is better.

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