Security software showdown! 9 antivirus suites empirically tested

We tested security suites on PCs, tablets, and phones to evaluate how well they protect against viruses and other threats.

By Nick Mediati and Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World |  Security, antivirus

2. Norton Internet Security 2013 -- 4.5 stars (Superior). With its great detection rate and Windows 8-ready design, Norton's suite is definitely worth a look.

3. Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 -- 4.5 stars (Superior). This "titanium" suite earned high marks in almost all our detection tests, and it has a nice interface.

4. Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 -- 4.5 stars (Superior). Bitdefender has a user-friendly interface that will appeal to people of all experience levels.

5. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 -- 4 stars (Very Good). Kaspersky lets both beginners and advanced users get the most out of its suite, and scored well in our tests.

6. McAfee Internet Security 2013 -- 4 stars (Very Good). McAfee didn't earn top marks, but it's still a proficient, user-friendly antimalware program.

7. G Data InternetSecurity 2013 -- 3.5 stars (Very Good). G Data has an effective suite, but in­­stallation is a hassle, with a settings panel that's more suited to advanced users.

8. AVG Internet Security 2013 -- 3.5 stars (Very Good). AVG's security program is perfectly re­­spectable. But perfectly respectable just doesn't cut it these days.

9. Avira Internet Security 2013 -- 3.5 stars (Very Good). This suite is competent at detecting, disabling, and cleaning up malware, but its user interface is unfriendly.

BEST OVERALL: F-Secure Internet Security 2013 F-Secure's 2013 suite kept our test system free of malware and did a great job of cleaning up infections that made it onto our PC. It's speedy and well designed, too.


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