Security Suite Comparison
Choosing an Security Suite can be quite tricky due to the vast choice we have. Also, operating systems can largely affect which security suite you buy. I have finished evaluating and testing security suites, so here are my results for 2007.
|BitDefender V.10 NO.1||MacAfee 2007
|Easy of use||8/10||8.5/10||8/10||8/10|
|Use and integration with Vista||7.5/10||7/10||7/10||8.5/10|
|*Use and integration with XP*||8.5/10||8/10||8/10||8.5/10|
|Kaspersky7NO. 5||CA 2007No.6||PandaNo.7||F- SecureNo. 8|
|Easy of use||8.5/10||8/10||8/10||7.5/10|
|Use and integration with Vista||8.5/10||7.5/10||8.5/10||7.5/10|
|*Use and integration with XP*||9/10||8/10||8.5/10||8/10|
* Not included in Overall test result
BitDefender – Gold!
BitDefender offers the most comprehensive security in this comparison. It does extremely well in all areas especially when it comes to protecting your PC against viruses and spyware. The scan speed is quite fast and it does not eat up too much of your system’s memory. However, the user interface is not as good as some of the other available options. But again, that is not the most important issue here. Click HERE to go to BitDefender’s official site.
Mcafee – Silver
Mcafee comes second in this comparison. It too, has excellent anti-virus and spy protection. However, Mcafee does slow does your computer a lot (very Norton like) and it is among the most expensive suites here. But apart from those flaws, the suite is quite good. It has a better user interface than Bitdefender. Click HERE to go to the Mcafee official website.
Norton – Bronze
Norton takes the third place. Like Mcafee, it takes up a lot of your PC’s memory and slows your computer down. Another flaw is that Norton can be very annoying. For example, you uninstall the program, but some components of Norton suite can still be in your PC in the background. In addition, I find that it blocks numerous of programs and some features such as frequent pop-ups are very irritating. But apart from those flaws, Norton does achieve well in the basic virus and spy protection. Click HERE to go to Norton’s official site
As older readers may remember that I was a Kaspersky fan. But that may change. I have used NOD32 for nearly two years on one of my PCs and I like it very much. It does not take much PC memory and integrates well with both Windows Vista and XP. In addition, it is easy to use and does not interfere you a lot. In addition, it gives to high quality virus and spy protection which is very important. (Leo Laporte recommends NOD32!) Click HERE to go to the NOD32 official site.
Kaspersky is a security suite that I like a lot. It offers possibly the best anti virus protection and is very easy to use. However, it does not do a very good job in spyware and firewall. Another flaw is that it takes ages to scan my computer. Apart from from those two flaws, it is quite good. It automatically scans, do health checks and updates. In addition, it does not take very much of your memory. My suggestion is that you should run another free anti spyware program on your computer. Kaspersky is quite compatible and flexible with other softwares. Spyware Doctor starter edition and ad-ware free are good examples. For, I think it is the best combination of security. But again, I cannot judge Kaspersky with the additional help pf another program. That is why is ends up at 5th place. But with the help of any other spyware program, it would deserve at least 3rd place. Click HERE to go to the Kaspersky official site.
After rating it as number four in my previous security suite comparison, I thought that Panda was pretty good and was confused why other test comparisons gave it a low score. Still, I think it is a great solution. But this time, it has dropped a little bit, but not but far. Although it does not offer the super-strong and unbreakable anti-virus protection like Bitdefender does, it does offer quite a strong and flexible protection. Panda does not slow down your computer very much. After testing it more 30 days, I am very happy with it. For people who run Vista on their PC, Panda offers more than enough protection.
(F-secure and CA security suite reviews are currently not available, Sorry)
My final thoughts and suggestions.
Generally, you should stick with the comparison list. But not all people need all that extensive protection. For a simple user who just reads emails, view photos and read some articles, a simple and light security suite will do. Another important point is that you should always consider which operating system you use. For any Window that is 2000 or older, you should get the top suites for good protection. Windows XP is quite safe but not as safe a Vista. For XP, I recommend using NOD32 or Kaspersky. However, in Widows Vista, you do not need all that extensive protection. All you need is something like Windows Live OneCare (Read my review of OneCare), or perhaps something even simpler such as the free edition of AVG anti virus with another free anti spyware program But that depends on what the user intends to do. (Windows Expert Paul Thurrott uses AVG Free)
In the next article, we will talk about enhanced security and extra programs and freebies that will help to secure your PC. So stay tuned!