Today's security suites have a difficult job. Every other day seems to bring a new threat that targets Windows PCs. Spam is going through the roof, and phishing Web sites are proliferating as well. To find out which security suites can best handle the onslaught, we put eight of them through some tough tests under the 32-bit version of Windows Vista.
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BitDefender Internet Security 2008 did the best job at stopping malware, but its interface needs work. Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2008 performed well, too, offering an array of useful features in a polished, easy-to-use package; that combination earned it our Best Buy award. These two suites plus Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0, McAfee Internet Security Suite, and Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 were our top five performers, each of which we review here. All five packages include antiphishing, data-privacy, parental control, and IM traffic protection.
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Security Suites Tested for This Review
For this roundup, we partnered with AV-Test.org to conduct extensive performance testing on the following security suites: