Maybe I'm courting disaster, but my cheapskate approach to security has paid off so far. Here's my secret.
Microsoft's free anti-virus software, Security Essentials, has failed examinations conducted by AV-Test, for the second time in a row.
Don't cancel your virus scans because they're inconvenient. Reschedule them!
AVG Free might've flagged just a little in the past few years, but it's back with a shorter install, better usability, and faster scans.
Security expert Sophos has announced its latest antivirus product for Mac owners, and it's completely free.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 offers pricey antivirus protection. The 2009 version scored well on independent antivirus detection and removal tests, but be prepared to pay a premium for what you're getting.
False positives prompt confusion and anger among CA anti-virus users.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 provides adequate protection, but the program itself could use some work in telling the user what's going on.
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We've got a new player in the glamorous world of anti-virus, and its name is Vipre. Does it have what it takes to stand up to the big boys?
CA Anti-Virus Plus CA Anti-Spyware 2008 holds the middle ground this year, featuring faster code but lacking any compelling "must-have" features.