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BitDefender's overall protection levels are very good, but short of the topmost tier of products we reviewed.
Though it has features like a sandbox system, absent a solid level of core security, it's hard to recommend Comodo.
Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011 has plenty of extras, but falls short at keeping your PC safe.
We tested the 10 top security packages to see which ones can protect your data without overburdening your PC. Here are the exclusive rankings from the PCWorld Labs.
Microsoft's free utility fights viruses and other malware, and does a surprisingly good job of it.
This free security app protects your files in encrypted virtual drives.
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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 is very effective at blocking new malware attacks and is easy to use, but it slows system performance more than we would like.
Microsoft Security Essentials is easy to use, but it lags behind newer products at detecting malware.
Avast Free Antivirus is a well-rounded free antivirus package: It does a solid job at blocking malware, has a pleasant interface, and scans files quickly.
Avira AntiVir Personal does an great job at blocking and detecting malware, but its interface needs a makeover.
Can free antivirus software protect you? Or is it worth paying for a full-blown A/V app? We look at the benefits--and pitfalls--of free and paid antivirus products.
Avast Pro Antivirus 5 has a slick interface, but its middling malware detection performance prevents it from achieving a higher score.
BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 does a good job at detecting malware and disinfecting PCs, but it had some difficulty in blocking brand-new malware.