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F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010: Cloud-Based Protection

F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010 does a good job detecting malware, but it doesn't quite keep up with the top contenders.

BitDefender Antivirus 2010: Needs Better Interface

BitDefender Antivirus 2010 will get the job done, but it needs a better user interface.

Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2010: A Polished Interface

Norton AntiVirus is a good choice for nontechies, but those willing to deal with a less-refined interface can get stronger protection.

Avira AntiVir Premium Edition: Lacks Behavioral Detection

Avira AntiVir Premium Edition needs more features and a face-lift before it can become a top choice.

Advanced Antivirus

Hackers have shown that they can plant their malware even on mainstream sites--proving that you need antivirus protection now more than ever. We lab-tested eleven top security programs to find the best guardians for your PC.

Palm Pixi: An Inexpensive Entry-Level Smartphone

The Pixi, the second smartphone to run Palm's Web OS, could be considered the Palm Pre lite.

Alwil Avast Antivirus Home Edition Free Antivirus Software

Avast Antivirus Home Edition provides solid antimalware protection and a good set of features, but its outdated interface needs a makeover.

Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus Software

Avira AntiVir Personal offers great, thorough protection and top-notch scan speed, but some nontechies might find its interface frustrating.

Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software?

Lots of companies offer software that’s supposed to stop worms, viruses, and other malware for free. We tested nine such security programs to find the ones you can really depend on.

Comodo Internet Security Free Antivirus Software

Comodo Internet Security is not a good antivirus choice, owing to its lackluster malware detection and its tendency to produce false positives.

Clamwin Free Antivirus Software

This open-source antivirus software fails to get the job done, with disappointing malware detection and no real-time scanning.

PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition Software

PC Tools Antivirus, which neglects to detect spyware, allows far too many pieces of malware through for it to realistically protect any PC.

PC Tools Threatfire 4.5 Free Antivirus Software

PC Tools' free behavior-based antivirus utility serves as a great supplement to your existing security software.

Panda Cloud Antivirus (Beta) Free Software

Panda Cloud Antivirus provides great protection in an easy-to-use application, but it's still too deep in development to recommend.

AVG 8.5 Free Antivirus Software

Though AVG 8.5 Free has a good, straightforward interface and useful blocking of Web-based attacks, its malware blocking is below average.