Reviews of antivirus programs and security suites

Reviews of antivirus programs and security suites

If you're like me, you find many software reviews, especially those published in hard copy, lacking in detail. I recently ran across a long article All my Life's a Circle: More Rounds with new Security Guards written by someone who identifies himself only as Briard. I don't know this person, but the article is published in conjunction with The Support Alert Newsletter, which, in my opinion, is a credible source.

The article starts at a high level, reviewing and aggregating other reviews of antivirus programs. This led Briard to conclude there are six top antivirus programs (in alphabetical sequence):

  • AntiVir
  • Bitdefender
  • F-Secure
  • Kaspersky
  • NOD32
  • Norton

Most of the article though, is first-hand reviews. The following security suites are reviewed: ESET Smart Security, AVIRA Premium Security Suite, Kapersky Internet Security V7, F-Secure Internet Security 2008 and Bitdefender Internet Security 2008. Also reviewed are three "All-in-one security and housekeeping suites" Norton 360, McAfee Total Protection 2008 and VCOM/Avanquest System Suite 8 Professional.

I didn't detect any bias in the article which is dated January 2008.

See a summary of all my Defensive Computing postings.

About the author

    Michael Horowitz wrote his first computer program in 1973 and has been a computer nerd ever since. He spent more than 20 years working in an IBM mainframe (MVS) environment. He has worked in the research and development group of a large Wall Street financial company, and has been a technical writer for a mainframe software company.

    He teaches a large range of self-developed classes, the underlying theme being Defensive Computing. Michael is an independent computer consultant, working with small businesses and the self-employed. He can be heard weekly on The Personal Computer Show on WBAI.



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