The Good PC Tools Internet Security 2010 comes with a full range of detection and removal tools, including the lauded, effective behavioral detection engine ThreatFire.
The Bad PC Tools' speed performance was unimpressive, and could be faster. The interface is usable at the top level, but drilling down to more-advanced settings can be confusing and cluttered. Users hoping for a fully functional trial should look elsewhere.
The Bottom Line We're big fans of PC Tools Internet Security's ThreatFire component, and the overall toolset that PC Tools provides is robust, but the suite could be both faster and easier to use.
PC Tools Internet Security 2010 (1 User
Historically, PC Tools' flagship product has been the reasonably priced Spyware Doctor, but the affordable price point for PC Tools Internet Security 2010 makes it clear that the company wants users to seriously consider the full suite. At the time of writing, it retails for $49.99, $10 lower than the list price for the full suites from Norton Internet Security and Kaspersky, and $30 cheaper than Eset's offering. The full suite comes with the malware detection and removal tools that Spyware Doctor is known for as well as the recently enhanced ThreatFire behavioral detection engine, antivirus detection, spam filtering, layered browsing guards, and a firewall. In terms of raw features, it's comparable to other Internet Security suites.
Our installation of PC Tools Internet Security 2010 was generally a pain-free experience. The program installed quickly, but did require a system reboot. Most but not all competitors require a reboot for the program to function properly. When Windows is done rebooting, the program will automatically launch and run a quick scan, which took less than 2 minutes. Even on clean machines, it's likely that the program will pick up tracking cookies and other low-level threats. Uninstalling left behind desktop icons and Registry keys, and the Windows firewall had to be manually reactivated--not the most polite of uninstallation procedures.