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Windows 7: Security Shootout:10 Top Antivirus Apps Put to the Test

17 Apr 2010   #1
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Security Shootout:10 Top Antivirus Apps Put to the Test

Security Shootout: 10 Top Antivirus Apps Put to the Test

Once upon a time, the typical computer virus was annoying, and even a little destructive, but nowhere near as dangerous as what computer users face today. The stakes are much higher now, and if you’re not careful or haven’t taken the proper precautions, you’re a sitting duck for hackers to steal your identity and sell your private information to the highest underground bidder. Imagine waking up to find your bank account drained or your credit destroyed. And lest you think we’re exaggerating, consider that most U.S. military personnel aren’t even allowed to tote USB thumb drives and other removable storage devices anymore because of the potential harm of a virus outbreak.

The solution to all this is to not be caught with your virtual pants around your ankles, and lucky for us, antivirus vendors have stepped up their game with increasingly robust all-in-one security suites. In fact, unlike other technology categories, the field of AV continues to expand rather than consolidate, with an overwhelming number of apps promising protection and unique features. That’s where we come in.

To help you sift through the cruft, we’re going to revisit the latest versions of the antivirus apps that showed the most promise (or have been granted a mulligan) from last year’s roundup (January 2009), and we’ll pit them against five of the most reader-requested antivirus suites we haven’t yet reviewed. You’ll notice we’ve narrowed our focus to only two freebie apps this time around (Avira, last year’s champ, and Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond’s highly anticipated replacement to Windows Live OneCare), so if you do decide to shell out for paid software, you’ll have a wider variety of suites to compare. If the app you’re interested in isn’t included here, let us know and be on the lookout for individual reviews in future issues.

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Security Shootout: 10 Top Antivirus Apps Put to the Test | Maximum PC

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17 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

Wow, Avira's certainly got a quick boot time. Too bad it's detection rates aren't so great.

BTW, You can read more tests like this at
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17 Apr 2010   #3

W7, Xp Pro

Makes me feel better using ESS.

no wonder people are always asking " Which is the best AV/ Firewall" etc.
with so many "Comparisons" out there. MPC aside.

Confusion reigns.
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17 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Version 6.1 (build 7600.16385)

Trend Micro still sucks....
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