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Best Internet Security Suites 2011 Buyers Guide Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Charles P. Jefferies, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Over the last several months we reviewed 10 of the latest high-end consumer Internet security suites -- today we break down the numbers and pick a winner.<br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5948'>Best Internet Security Suites 2011 Buyers Guide</a><br /><br />Related Articles:
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  2. teeth_03

    teeth_03 Notebook Evangelist

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    any chance you guys could add Avast! on that list the next time around? The place I work at is actually a reseller and I would be interested to see how it stacks up.
     
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  4. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Thanks for the tip, we'll try to include Avast Internet Security in the next round of testing.
     
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    nu_D Notebook Deity

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    Why did you test Norton 360 instead of Internet Security?
    Nicely done review...:)
     
  6. ibraveheart

    ibraveheart Notebook Evangelist

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    Webroot Security Complete 2011
    ESET Smart Security 4
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

    all these have 30points
    so which is better from these 3 ?
    which is #1 :)
     
  7. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Where did you get the "30 points" number from?

    Final standings in this guide:
    Webroot: 45 pts
    ESET: 51 pts
    Kaspersky: 59 pts

    As for which one to get, it depends on what you want in the suites. If you need parental controls then ESET and Webroot are out, as they do not include them.
    I personally use ESET Smart Security 4 on all my computers.
     
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    ibraveheart Notebook Evangelist

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    Kaspersky: 59 pts :)
    I have Kaspersky, but sometimes I want to try if theres something better
    which doesnt slow down my Gaming Laptop
     
  9. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Realize when you ask a question like "which is better", you have to qualify what "better" means. Better in what way - feature support, scan times, performance, price . . . ? "Better" and "best" mean absolutely nothing out of context. I don't like using those terms period because they are too ambiguous.

    So just because Kaspersky got 59 points does not automatically make it "better" than the others. Read the guide to see why one got more points than the other. The suite with the most points was not the "best" in every category. If you have specific questions I'll answer them.

    Note to self: No wonder people can't figure out what to get -- they don't know what they want/need in the first place.
     
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    merlin666 Notebook Consultant

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    I have been using ZoneAlarm suite for several years and always thought this was ranked the "best". I am surprised it didn't even make the list.
     
  11. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Thanks for mentioning ZoneAlarm -- I'll try to include that in the next round of tests as well.
     
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    a4500435 Notebook Evangelist

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    I also use ESET SS4, so I'll ask: after your comparison, are you considering switching to another Suite? Every time I've tried, it's been a hassle (Kaspersky may have the best detection rate, but that thing is a resource hog), and the only one that's come close for ease of use and low resource usage is MSE, which isn't as customizable as ESS4.
     
  13. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    That, and MSE is not nearly as proactive. Also, I don't like how infrequently MSE updates.

    I'm not considering switching to another suite at this time. I'd likely switch to Norton if I did; the latest iteration really is excellent. It is extremely proactive and updates frequently. Resource usage is minimal, just like ESET.
    Kaspersky would be a close second . . . I did not notice it being a resource hog in my testing. How long did you have it installed?
     
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