As the role of computers in everyday life continues to increase, it becomes more important than ever to safeguard them from viruses. With the ever-changing nature of technology, malware now comes in many forms, and virus protection software alone will not be enough. Spyware, which comes in several forms, and is known to access a user's private information and steal it, also needs to be neutralised. There are several programs that are effective against both viruses and spyware.
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Norton Internet Security
With faster scanning times in the 2010 edition, Norton's latest offering is better than ever. It also requires far less memory than previous versions. TopTenReviews calls Norton's protection level "second to none."
ZoneAlarm Internet Security
Features a two-way firewall, advanced download protection, and a phishing and spam blocker, It also offers an effective defence against spyware and viruses.
McAfee Internet Security Suite
Active Protection Technology is McAfee's own creation, and it ensures a safe web browsing experience. It also has a Site Advisor that warns against potentially dangerous sites.
Trend Micro Internet Security
With industry leading anti-spam technology, a personal firewall, and a comprehensive antivirus and anti-spyware database, Trend Micro offers premium defence for any computer.
Vipre AntiVirus + AntiSpyware
Using very little of your system's resources, Vipre's software is perfect for running in the background without distracting from ongoing computer activities. Furthermore, it offers real-time protection against threats of all kinds.
Faster than ever, Bitdefender encrypts instant messages so they cannot be read by third parties, features improved identity protection, and proactively detects viruses and other possible threats.
AVG's standout features include a link scanner, which previews all links before they are clicked on to ensure the page is safe, and top-notch identity theft protection, making it an ideal program for defending against spyware.
G DATA Antivirus
Having been around for more than 20 years, G DATA is an experienced antivirus company that continues to release quality malware protection software each year. With two scanning engines, G DATA will protect a computer from all threats, both on and offline.
Although Kaspersky is a little pricier than the other antivirus programs ($59.99 for the 2010 edition), it does offer advanced technology packed into one full security suite. It also comes with a small business edition that is perfect for installing in office settings.
Webroot Antivirus with Spy Sweeper
Webroot combines its usual reliable antivirus program with Spy Sweeper, a top-of-the-line spyware protection software into one convenient package. Webroot features proactive heuristic detection along with a gamer mode that ensures the program never interrupts other applications which require full screen usage.
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