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Panda Internet Security is generally effective at protection, though its blocking of new malware wasn’t top notch and it slows Windows more than we’d like.
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.
Norton Internset Security 2011 does an excellent job at blocking and cleaning up malware, and is nicely designed.
Eset Smart Security 4.2 is speedy; unfortunately, the suite struggled at detecting and removing malware.
Avira AntiVir is very good at blocking known malware, but it left behind more malware remnants than most suites.
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Avast Pro Antivirus 5 has a slick interface, but its middling malware detection performance prevents it from achieving a higher score.
Panda Cloud Antivirus is easy to use, but its scanning speeds are slower than average. Look for the Cloud Antivirus 1.3 update, which the company says should improve its ability to block brand-new malware.
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.
Comodo Internet Security Premium did a good job at blocking brand-new malware and has a firewall, but its inconsistent overall detection performance makes it tough to recommend.