Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FYI: PC Magazine: The Best Antivirus Software for 2011

We known AVG's malware blocking weakness. We always
install Ad-aware (Free) & Spybot Search & Destory completing the
protection (see summary below).

PC Magazine: The Best Antivirus Software for 2011

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 Editor Rating: 3.5 Member Rating: 3

  • Pros: Excellent scores in independent tests. Fast antivirus scan. Above average in my
    malware removal tests. LinkScanner add-in blocks malicious exploits. No false
    positives. Scans and marks Facebook links. Multi-function toolbar. One-time
    system tuneup. Free identity theft recovery.
  • Cons: Didn't thoroughly remove detected threats. LinkScanner missed many phishing sites.
    Below-average rootkit and scareware blocking.
  • Bottom Line: AVG believes everyone deserves free basic protection against Internet threats.
    AVG anti-Virus Free 2011 is better at removing malware than most free solutions
    but not at malware blocking. With the current release it has the full power of
    AVG's paid solutions, and the independent labs give it top marks. Add some
    unusual bonus features and you've got a solid choice for free antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 Editor Rating: 3 Member Rating: 4

  • Pros: Free. Small download. Clean, simple user interface. Starts working immediately.

  • Cons: Poor protection against keyloggers, rootkits, and scareware. Just average protection against general malware. In testing, sometimes erroneously reported successful malware
    removal or blocking.
  • Bottom Line:Installing the free Microsoft Security Essentials will protect your system from malware to
    a degree. But you'll get better protection from one of the other well-known free anti-malware products.