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Top Internet Security Suites: Paying for Protection

At a Glance

This strong security suite costs a little more, but it's easy to use and good at blocking malicious software.

Pros

  • Smooth interface, strong malware detection

Cons

  • Pricey, no backup feature
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At a Glance

Good protection for a great price if you're willing to put up with a couple of interface annoyances.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Strong rootkit blocking

Cons

  • Interface needs improvement
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At a Glance

Panda covers all the bases with its features and it scans quickly, but it isn't great at malware detection.

Pros

  • Fast scanning speed
  • Many features

Cons

  • Below-average malware detection
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At a Glance

A mix of pluses and minuses land McAfee only in the middle of the pack.

Pros

  • Internet-based malware detection
  • Good network map

Cons

  • Slow scan speed
  • Poor behavioral detection
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At a Glance

A good choice for more-technical users who want the best detection but don't need phone support or parental controls.

Pros

  • Top-notch virus detection

Cons

  • No parental controls
  • No phone support
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At a Glance

If Kaspersky wants to charge the highest price, the suite should have the best protection and a smooth, intuitive interface. It doesn't.

Pros

  • Detects OS and program security holes

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Unintuitive interface
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At a Glance

F-Secure's package has decent detection and a clear, informative interface, but other suites offer stronger protection.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Online detection feature

Cons

  • Slow scan speed
  • Average malware detection
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At a Glance

Webroot's first foray into security suites needs some work--and better malware detection--before it becomes worthy of consideration.

Pros

  • Online backup
  • Many cleanup options

Cons

  • Poor malware blocking
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At a Glance

Trend Micro's suite fails at the most basic task of detecting and blocking malicious software. Not recommended.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good at removing infections

Cons

  • Terrible at blocking malware
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