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Top 5 Security Suites of 2009


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Every year we feel more threats from Cyber criminals because every year they just produce new but more advanced malware, spyware, viruses and spams and add to the previous ones.

The same way Security vendors keep update their Suites and go for use new ways of protection. So, being updated with the good security suites is very important if you care of protecting your PC and data from modern and new threats.

However, along the advantages that Security suites provide for the users, slowing down the computers while boot up, file operations even the ordinary ones, installing process; unzipping files specially large groups, downloading mail etc is a big issue that makes every computer user annoyed. Users love protection but they don’t like interruption that is a why they are I always interested for the latest CPUs, faster and bigger memories and hard drives.

The security vendors have been trying their best to improve their Suites in terms of timing of operation (faster and improved functionality) and also appearance- having better visual effect and more simple main windows to be smoother, less confusing and easily-read for the users.

PC Magazine has done several important tests and rated 12 Security Suites individually such as Firewall, antivirus, antispyware, and performance and has counted the overall score for each Suite as well. For in-depth look I recommend you to read the entire article. Here I am just mentioning top 5 Security Suites out of the 12 ones were evaluated there.

1- Norton Internet Security 2009; (3-pack, $69.99 direct)

This Security Suite is PC Magazine’s Editor’s choice for 2009. It is the best application in terms of firewall, antivirus, and antispyware. Of course it archived the best rating (4.5 out of 5) for overall performance, as well.

2- Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2009; (3-pack, $69.95 direct)

This Suite has impressive rating (5 out of 5) too and in each test stays just one step behind Norton.

3- ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2009; ($49.95 direct; 3-pack, $69.95)

This Suite get the same rating of 4 out of 5 like Micro, but with two big difference. In Firewall test it scores 5 out 5 like Norton but in performance test it is weaker than both above (2.5 out of 5).

4- BitDefender Internet Security 2009; ($69.95 direct; 3-pack, $79.95)

With the result of 3.5 out of 5 for overall performance, it records tits highest score for Antivirus test (4 out of 5). It scores the performance test 2.5 out of 5 similar to ZoneAlarm. It version of 2009 comes with “a ton of new features—online backup and remote configuration”.

5- Kaspersky Internet Security 2009; (3-pack, $79.95 direct)

Although it has the rating of 3.5 out of 5 for overall performance, it has impressive scores of 4 for each Antivirus and antispyware test and score of 4.5 for Firewall. Even for performance test it scores 3. This suite is weak in terms of antispam, privacy and parental control. In booting, unzipping files it doesn’t slow down the operation so much but, slows browsing by 64 percent!


PC World has presented its top 9 Security Suites for 2009 too. Here I am just mentioning the top 5 of the list here:

1- Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009

2- BitDefender Internet Security 2009

3- Panda Internet Security 2009

4- McAfee Internet Security Suite 2009

5- Avira Premium Security Suite 8.2

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