Don't-Miss Software Stories
VPNCity won't wow you with performance or features, but the price is excellent and it supports a large number of simultaneous connections.
Avira Prime, the company's top-level security and PC maintenance suite, offers a lot of value for the money, and the protection is good too.
Trend Micro Maximum Security is a solid antivirus suite with a few privacy features that need an upgrade.
Malwarebytes Privacy is off to a good start, but its speeds just aren't up to snuff in our experience.
Sophos Home Premium brings enterprise-style remote management to your home network at a surprising price.
Password Manager aims for simplicity but leaves out some essential features in the process.
McAfee is still good for PC security, and it offers a ton of features, but there are better options.
Retrospect 17 Solo is one of the most comprehensive backup programs you can find. Its jargon-heavy interface is one of the few drawbacks.
Cyberlink's industry-leading PowerDVD 20 movie disc/video player adds cloud sharing and streaming to the mix. Not to mention a super-handy resume-from-last-position function.
TotalAV Antivirus Pro is a surprise with the amount of tools available in a base level suite. But third-party tests, while limited, show some areas of concern.
Total Defense Essential Anti-Virus offers well-tested protection at a good price, but we're not convinced it beats the free options.
NordVPN has it all: excellent performance, and a solid set of features that will appeal to both novices and power users. Still, we'd like to see more transparency from the company.
Sweden-based OVPN is an excellent choice for speed and privacy. Plus it supports Netflix.
FastestVPN is a surprising little service. It's very affordable, makes the right privacy promises, and now works with Netflix.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security's Windows app hasn't changed much in at least seven years. The protection is good, but we have concerns about overall value.