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Internet Security Software: Ratings of Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. Download.com
As of January 2014
Internet Security Software Suites for Windows
by Editors of and Contributors to Download.com
Our AssessmentDownload.com, part of CNET, tests several of the major security suites' latest versions. Reviews are brief and tend to focus mainly on features, although they do touch upon usability and other issues. User reviews -- plentiful for the more popular programs -- add information and typically are more conservative in their scoring.
2. PCMag.com
As of January 2014
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com runs thorough, up-to-date tests of Internet security software. Each program gets a star rating, with a written review explaining its pros and cons, effectiveness and what it's like to use. Several suites earn Editors' Choice tags.
3. AV-Test.org
As of January 2014
Detailed Test Reports
by Editors of AV-Test.org
Our AssessmentAV-Test.org is a respected independent test lab that certifies antivirus software and Internet security suites. Almost every brand tested earns a certification in the latest test. A full report is included for each program, although the ratings focus only on antivirus performance. Separate results for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 tests are available, as well as various Android versions.
4. AV-comparatives.org
As of January 2014
List of Awards
by Editors of AV-Comparatives.org
Our AssessmentAV-Comparatives.org is one of the most comprehensive independent testing labs. Editors run a series of tests on the antivirus software included in the latest security suites. Here, you'll find award winners (and losers) in performance, file detection, anti-phishing, real-world protection and more. Kaspersky earns the highest possible scores. However, full reviews for the latest versions aren't published yet.
5. AV-comparatives.org
Aug. 20, 2013
Mobile Security Review
by Editors of AV-Comparatives.org
Our AssessmentExperts test 16 Android security apps on phones running Android 4.1.2. All detect more than 90 percent of the 2,947 malicious apps (all collected within the previous four weeks), and two -- AhnLab and Kingsoft -- detect 99.9 percent. None of the apps were guilty of any false alarms, and power usage was tiny, usually less than 3 percent. Each app gets a very thorough individual review.
6. PC Advisor
As of January 2014
Internet Security Suites Reviews
by Editors of PC Advisor
Our AssessmentU.K.-based PC Advisor posts reviews originally published at sister sites and publications, but it also conducts and publishes some of its own reviews of security software. The site gives each product an overall rating and subcategory ratings for ease of use, features and value. In the current crop of Internet security suites, programs from Bullguard, F-Secure and Bitdefender earn the highest ratings.
7. PCAntivirusReviews.com
As of January 2014
2013 Internet Security Software
by Editors of PCAntivirusReviews.com
Our AssessmentThe editors at PCAntivirusReviews.com perform hands-on testing of the software they review, using real viruses, worms, Trojans and other kinds of malicious software. They thoroughly explain their test procedures and offer a comprehensive comparative table as well as individual reviews for each of the products they test. Vipre Internet Security 2014 is the Editor's Choice, followed by Bitdefender and Kaspersky.
8. ConsumerReports.org
Sept. 18, 2013
Mobile Security Apps Review
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 15 security apps for Android phones to see how well they locate, lock and erase a stolen phone, how well they find and block malware, spam and malicious websites and whether they slow the phone down. Editors don't name all 15 products in this brief write-up -- only the top three performers, including a free app from Avast and paid apps from McAfee and Bitdefender. This article is free for non-subscribers.
9. Laptop Magazine
June 13, 2013
Best Android Security Apps 2013
by Anthony Domanico
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine tests five Android security apps, judging their malware detection, performance (i.e., slowing down the phone) and features. A free app from Avast! and a paid app from Lookout beat the others, from AVG, Kaspersky and Norton.
10. Virus Bulletin
As of January 2014
VB100 Results Summary
by Editors of Virus Bulletin
Our AssessmentVirus Bulletin is a major independent antivirus test lab. Most major brands pass the tests here and earn the VB100 certification, so Virus Bulletin isn't the most useful source for picking the best Internet security software. However, once you've narrowed your options, a quick check at Virus Bulletin will tell you if the program is certified. Subscribers get access to full test results.
11. Amazon.com
As of January 2014
Security & Antivirus
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is a good source of user reviews on Internet security software, although the latest versions haven't amassed many reviews yet. On the plus side, user reviews here tend to be more detailed than at Download.com, where contributors often post only a line or two.
12. Google Play
As of January 2014
Search Android Apps: Security
by Contributors to Google Play
Our AssessmentThis is the best place to find user reviews for Android security software. Some apps have amassed thousands -- even hundreds of thousands -- of reviews. This landing page neatly displays many popular security apps with their star ratings. Many earn similarly high marks, but plenty get low ratings.
13. ConsumerReports.org
Not Dated
Security Software Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentTesting here is excellent and unbiased, but unfortunately the tests are several months old (a press release says this report was updated in June 2013). That can make a big difference in the fast-moving realm of security software.
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