PC Magazine has released a review of Security Suites. First let me say that in dealing with computer security, all the software in the worth isn’t worth much when the person at the keyboard isn’t playing it safe. Too many times I have had to work on computer that has been compromised due to activity that is questionable at best. If you engage in high-risk behavior, than chances are you will get hurt. With that said I have looked over the list from PC Magazine and I wish they had given their testing criteria and how they based their rating. In my experience, there is only one product I recommend to folks, and that is AVG Free. I have had to work on other machines with many of the suites they list, and have had to do some intensive cleaning from the failure to protect. And then when I have cleaned the machine and updated the software it isn’t long before they are infected again. But when I have removed the virus, un-installed the old anti-virus that was on there, and installed then AVG, I have yet to be called back to clean the machine, or worse, reload it. This is where the rubber hits the road.
Now I am sure that many of these products they have reviewed and given high marks have gotten better from when I last saw them, but once bitten twice shy. Also, why pay for something when there is a free version that is actually free.