Commercial Security Software
If using a free version of a security suite makes you uncomfortable or you want more control over the features offered, you may want to look at some of the commercial security software listed below.
Like the free versions, commercial security suites typically include malware protection and firewalls. One difference is the type and quantity of additional tools offered with commercial security suites.
Some of the other tools that may be offered in these suites include…
- Web filtering to ensure you don’t visit malicious web sites
- Web content filtering that allows you to set up content based rules to block unsavory sites
- SPAM Protection integration with popular email clients to help reduce the amount of SPAM you see
- Computer performance help, which can include performance utilities that will help you optimize your system.
Here is our list of commercial security suites:
If you still want a commercial product but don’t need all the fancy features of a full-fledged suite, consider a standalone anti-malware product. Many of the suites offered above also come in standalone anti-malware versions so if you don’t see a link for one that interests you, check out the vendor’s website before making a purchase.
At this point, firewalls are commodity software – there are so many high quality free versions that there really isn’t a purpose to selling a standalone firewall anymore. ZoneAlarm – one of the early firewall vendors - still sells a ‘standalone’ firewall even though this package comes with some advanced suite-features such as anti-SPAM and a credit monitoring service.
I hope you found this roundup of internet security reviews useful to you and was able to help you decide on the best set of features that will meet your needs – whether it be a free software suite or a commercial program. Even a poorly rated application will be better than no security software at all. Although Windows 7 does a decent job protecting your computer ‘out of the box’, I still heartily recommend investing some time in installing one of the above solutions.