F-Secure Internet Security 2006 review: F-Secure Internet Security 2006

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good F-Secure Internet Security 2006 is a comprehensive security toolkit that costs less than McAfee or Norton and offers an easy-to-learn interface.

The Bad F-Secure Internet Security 2006 produces slow system boots, could offer better spyware detection, and doesn't include free phone support or an antispam toolbar for Microsoft Outlook.

The Bottom Line F-Secure Internet Security 2006 provides reliable protection against viruses, spam, and other online menaces. Although its spyware defense needs work, F-Secure is a steadfast defender and a solid, affordable choice for newcomers.

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F-Secure Internet Security 2006

F-Secure Internet Security 2006 provides a strong defense against Internet baddies, including viruses, malware, spam, phishing attempts, and cracker intrusions. It's aggressively priced $20 less than competing suites from McAfee and Symantec, and its well-crafted interface makes it easy to change security settings. Even better, F-Secure won't slow your PC to a crawl during full system scans. But F-Secure needs to be more proactive in blocking spyware. Also, it takes a very long time to run a full scan, and it doesn't provide an antispam toolbar for Microsoft Outlook. Phone support costs a bundle, too. Still, F-Secure packs plenty of muscle to ward off security threats. It's a worthy upgrade for F-Secure Internet Security 2005 users, and a solid, affordable choice for newcomers.

During setup, F-Secure was more demanding than other security suites we've tested. For example, it made us uninstall potentially conflicting applications, including Spybot Search and Destroy , Lavasoft Ad-aware (which F-Secure's antispyware technology is based on), and Yahoo Toolbar, which also has antispy features. F-Secure automatically uninstalled these apps with one click; however, we question the wisdom here, since running more than one antispyware app is often necessary to thoroughly protect your system.

The start-up wizard in F-Secure made it easy to configure our security settings, including the new Time Lock feature, which lets parents limit Internet access to a specific time--9 a.m. to 9 p.m., for instance--to prevent their kids from going online unsupervised. Total installation time ran about 30 minutes--on a par with best-selling competitors McAfee Internet Security and Symantec Norton Internet Security .

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F-Secure Internet Security 2006

Part Number: FCI6BR1N001IN Released: Sep 27, 2005

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  • Release date Sep 27, 2005
  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC