Internet Security Software: Ratings of Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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Internet Security Software Suites
by Seth Rosenblatt
Our AssessmentDownload.com, a service of CNET, hosts user ratings and editorial reviews for downloadable software, and includes most of the major security suites. Editorial reviews are brief and tend to focus mainly on features, though usability and other issues are often touched upon. Seth Rosenblatt gives a number of security suites very high scores, but only BitDefender Total Security 2013 earns a maximum-star rating. User reviews -- which are plentiful for the more popular programs -- add information and typically are more conservative in their scoring.
Security Software Showdown! 9 Antivirus Suites Empirically Tested
by Nick Mediati and Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
Our AssessmentPCWorld teamed up with AV-Test labs to determine the best security suites. Norton Internet Security (2013), Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 and BitDefender Internet Security 2013 all receive 4.5 out of 5 stars for their ability to detect and block malware, for cleaning up a computer system and for speed.
The Best 2013 Security Suites
by Neil J. Rubenking
Our AssessmentNeil J. Rubenking presents his favorite, and highest scoring, Internet security software, based on his own tests. Two Norton products, Internet Security and 360, are in the top three, with Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete rounding out the trio.
Detailed Test Results
by Editors of AV-Test.org
Our AssessmentAV-Test.org is a respected independent test lab that certifies antivirus software and Internet security suites. Most major brands earn a certification in the latest test, with the notable exception of McAfee Total Protection 2012 and a handful of products from smaller brands. 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.
Summary Report 2012
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. Although AV-Comparatives.org focuses on a product's antivirus performance, editors also include useful details on interface, usability and installation. BitDefender Internet Security very narrowly edges out Kaspersky Internet Security to win Product of the Year for 2012. As testing took place over the full year, it's not clear what version of the software was tested at which times.
Security Software Review
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentBritain's Which? magazine rates and scores most of the recent Internet security suites. Although the site conducts excellent and unbiased scientific tests, description is minimal and superficial. Each security suite earns a total percentage score and subcategory ratings for navigation/interface and day-to-day operation.
Anti Malware Software Rated
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentTechRadar.com conducts its own reviews and also publishes reviews from a variety of sister British publications, including What Laptop. Internet security software is reviewed on occasion. Reviews are brief, but each program earns a rating on a 5-point scale, although most products earn similar 4-to-4.5-star ratings. The only 2013 Internet security suites reviewed at this time are Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2013 and BitDefender Total Security, each of which receive 4 out of 5 stars.
Internet Security Reviews
by Editors of Expert Reviews
Our AssessmentBritain's Expert Reviews evaluates a good amount of Internet security software from most of the major publishers. Each program is rated on a 5-point scale, and there is significant variation in the ratings. While quite a few programs receive 5-star ratings, many are earlier versions of current software. Webroot and McAfee underperform with 1-star scores. Testing is conducted, but the accompanying analysis is rather brief.
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 recent reviews, a handful of programs receive the highest ratings, including Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 and BitDefender Internet Security 2013.
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. The top three choices, VIPRE Internet Security 2013, BitDefender Internet Security 2013 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, all receive ratings of over 90 percent.
Security Software Reviews
by Editors of ITReviews.com
Our AssessmentThis U.K. website provides reviews of several current suites, some of which aren't sold in the U.S. Discussion is brief, but a good amount of attention is paid to the important issue of a suite's impact on system performance. The site has introduced a numerical ratings system and, although there are no 5-star recommendations, several suites earn 4.5 out of 5 stars, including Comodo, Malwarebytes and McAfee suites.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is a good source of user reviews on Internet security software, but the amount of feedback varies widely from one product to the next. Some suites receive hundreds of user reviews, while others only get a handful. 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. Most Internet security suites get similar ratings, but Norton Internet Security (2013), Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Norton 360 2013 all enjoy solid overall scores following a substantial number of user reviews.
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.
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentVery few users leave reviews on Newegg.com of security software, but the critiques found on this site tend to be lengthier and written by more tech-savvy users than on other websites. Older versions of Internet security suites are listed alongside updated editions. Norton Internet Security (2013) and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 have high average ratings with a decent number of users checking in.