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The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by 4hams on Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:59 am

The Best Security Suites for 2010
02.25.10

We've reviewed well over a dozen 2010 security suites—find out which will keep you safe and which to avoid.

by Neil J. Rubenking

The 2010 "model year" for security suites got an early start, with a couple of products already out in June of 2009. The February 2010 releases of McAfee Total Protection 2010 and Norton 360 Version 4.0 complete the collection, at least as far as major security vendors are concerned. We've reviewed sixteen security suites for 2010; read on to see which will keep you safe and which to avoid.

Of the early-birds Panda Internet Security 2010 made a decent showing, but eScan Internet Security Suite for Home Users Version 10 isn't ready to provide serious competition for any of the better-known contenders in the U.S. market. Much the same is true of K7 TotalSecurity Version 10.0: It's popular in Japan, but doesn't live up to the standards set by other major products here-at least it didn't bog down my test systems. Through the summer the suites kept rolling in, keeping me busy with all-out evaluations.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and BitDefender Total Security 2010 arrived almost simultaneously in August (although Kaspersky released its European version quite a bit earlier). Both offer powerful protection, but BitDefender has the edge in most areas, particularly antispam and parental control. But both suites did have a measurable impact on system performance in testing, possibly due to being crammed to the gills with bonus features that actually improve security.

F-Secure Internet Security 2010 and Trend Micro Internet Security Pro (version 3) also came through the gate together. F-Secure updated its interface, improved its detection, and added explicit exploit protection to its firewall. Trend Micro changed little from its previous incarnation. They can get away with standing still this time, but I hope for some innovation in the next Trend Micro suite.

The anti-malware scores for Norton Internet Security 2010 blew away the competition at the time, and it has shored up two notorious (if less important) traditional weak spots for Norton. Parental control now comes from the full-featured OnlineFamily.Norton, and the new spam filter component is quite accurate (a huge improvement). It remains our Editor's Choice, along with Norton 360 v 4.0 which offers the same level of security and adds PC Tuneup and a powerful and flexible backup system.

Last year ZoneAlarm combined their ZoneAlarm suite with ForceField virtualization technology and threw in backup, system tune-up and more to create a new product: ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. I was impressed enough to rate it Editor's Choice, shared with Norton's 2009 suite. I took a harder look at ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 and found a few minor flaws. Nothing huge, and it offers some hot features like full disk encryption, but I'm not calling it Editor's Choice at this time.

I was excited to learn about FortiClient Endpoint Security Standard Edition 4.1, a totally free full security suite from Fortinet, better known for their Enterprise products. Unfortunately it's not truly free - you pay in reduced security. In particular its anti-malware scores were the lowest I've seen. And if you want direct tech support or anti-spam you pay extra.

CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 got a total facelift, a brand new user interface, but under that pretty surface its security protection was unimpressive. AVG Internet Security 9.0, avast! Internet Security 5.0, and PC Tools Internet Security 2010, three suites from vendors better known for their standalone anti-malware products, all made a better showing. In particular, PC Tools scored even higher than Norton in the anti-malware category.

McAfee Total Protection 2010 appeared on McAfee's web site last fall, but the actual fully-updated suite didn't come out until months later. It was worth the wait-it's an impressive suite overall with an especially strong antispam module. The Editors Choice designation goes to the two Norton suites, but you won't go wrong choosing McAfee, ZoneAlarm, or BitDefender.

As always, click on the blurbs below to read the full reviews. Note that while this roundup covers the vast majority of important security suites available for 2010, it's not an exhaustive list; if we come across another suite that merits inclusion, it's always possible we'll add it.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by Hugo on Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:52 am

Where is MS Security essentials Joel.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by smduff on Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:01 am

This guy is a bonehead Norton360 is editors choice of the year? is this for real or is it a joke? you a funny guy Joel.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by 4hams on Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:24 am

@ Hugo, I have no ideaas i would have thought it would have been there?

@smduff, it is quite amusing how different opinions can be from different sources on the net isn't it.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by 4hams on Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:41 am

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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by McstylisT on Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:15 pm

I found the same thing Joel on most reviews i try and posted. All we can do is find one who do not seem to have any ties just a honest opinion.

Personally Norton is a big NO NO on my systems.

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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by 4hams on Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:59 pm

Norton has had a bad name for years by many computer user worldwide. Personally I think this is due to the fact that they are so good that they are a huge resource pig on systems! Thus if you do not have a up to date powerful system it will suck the life out of your computer.

This just my theory from my crazy little mind not based on fact just experience.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by Hugo on Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:38 am

I wouldn't say you had a little mind 4hams, crazy yes. Razz
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by 4hams on Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:42 am

Ya something in there is As Supertramp would say
"Not Quite right".
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by McstylisT on Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:37 am

4hams wrote:Norton has had a bad name for years by many computer user worldwide. Personally I think this is due to the fact that they are so good that they are a huge resource pig on systems! Thus if you do not have a up to date powerful system it will suck the life out of your computer.

This just my theory from my crazy little mind not based on fact just experience.


This is a interesting take on it 4hams. thinking

One that probably has more truth in it than most might think. Though for me a good and complete security package should not require that much power. It should manage with the resources it has available. Otherwise it restricts the software to a smaller market and the ones unfortunate to have tried it on a low powered system end up having problems. Results why supposedly it gets it bad name.

For me Kaspersky and NOD32 are fine products. You can get them cheap , they are light and run very very well. Been with Kaspersky now for about 3 years , its cost me about £30 for the whole of that time. Completely authentic licence keys. Just i choose to use OEM ones.

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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by SithTracy on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:30 pm

Kapsersky has a very good firewall -- Eset, not so much. Still, I think the NOD32 engine is better at virus type activity. That said, I am not a huge fan of Kaspersky 2010... It is quite a pig on resources. For free, Microsoft Security Essentials is surprisingly very good. I just can't count on the Windows firewall. I don't think there is a perfect all inclusive product out there for Windows.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by smduff on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:59 pm

Yup I'm all about NOD32 great software I use it for my main rig and MSE for the rest another great free software.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by bob2701 on Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:44 am

The last 2 years 2009 and 2010 Norton Internet Security has been much much better than previous years, not such a hog.
I have been running MSE on 3 computers since the beginning of the year and I am surprized how good it is for a free app.
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by zebadee on Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:58 am

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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by 4hams on Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:13 am

:Thankyou: Martin!
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Re: The Best Security Suites for 2010

Post by bob2701 on Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:10 pm

Looks very interesting. thanks
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