With Spy Sweeper 5.5 Webroot continues to set the bar for anti-spyware applications. Spy Sweeper 5.5 is fast and effective in providing the protection that users need against spyware, adware, and other stealthy, malicious software.
eScan AntiVirus Edition is a very small fish in a very big pond. Does it pack enough punch to be able to compete with its household-name competition? Read on.
The feature-light CyberScrub AntiVirus Lifetime Edition takes the opposite approach to bundling, where the more features that can be packed into software, the more value add for the customer. But does CyberScrub’s virus scanner achieve simplicity like an iPod or scarcity like a stripped-down Escort?
DriveScrubber 3 from iolo Technologies uses U.S. Department of Defense standards to ensure all data on a hard drive is permanently disposed of and can never be recovered. Feel secure that your hard drive does not contain ghosts of the past with sensitive financial information or other secrets.
Ad-Aware 2007, the recent upgrade from SE Plus, is a must-have utility for detecting and eliminating the increasing amount of adware, malware, spyware, and other advertising and tracking software being dumped on computer users.
Ad-Aware 2007 has been one of the top malware scanners over the past few years. This latest version falls behind, however, in some significant areas. More importantly, it failed to catch a simulated malware attack on my system.
Diskeeper 2007 is a must-have utility for keeping your hard drive defragmented and running smoothly.
CA Anti-Virus 2008 sports a slick interface, rich options, and solid protection. Users looking for an antivirus program without a lot of extras will be very satisfied with CA’s offering.
In a field with two or three heavy hitters, MicroWorld’s eScan lacks the distinction and technical power to compete. An odd user interface, sluggish performance, and poor virus detection round out this less than average product.
Whether you need to keep an eye on your kids or keep an eye on your employees, SpyAgent is up to the task.
“NOD who?” you might well ask. NOD32 is certainly way behind the products of McAfee and Symantec in name recognition. That is just about the only area in which NOD32 trails the competition. When it comes to the important stuff, like speed and detection capabilities, NOD32 is out in front.
SpyAgent is computer-monitoring and parental-control software that includes a wide range of features for tracking and logging the activities of children or others who use your PC.
Norton 360 is the next generation of the Norton family of products designed to provide unobtrusive protection for the average home user.
PC-cillin, Trend Micro’s flagship security package, offers tons of features at a reasonable price, but it’s due for a visit to the doctor. User-interface anomalies and setup issues plague an otherwise feature-rich, robust product.
MaxProtect does an adequate job of protecting against the most obvious objectionable material and websites. However, there are some ways around the filter, and the interface is lacking when compared to competing products.
McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007 is a modern security suite from the security veteran McAfee. McAfee VirusScan Plus 2007 includes a solid, well-designed, high-performing virus scanner, firewall, and anti-spyware and malware applications.
BitDefender AntiVirus version 10 is a small but tight package offering a finely engineered user interface and a bare-essentials virus and spyware toolkit that does the job. Watch out for potential performance problems, though.
RoboForm does only three things: automatic logon through passcards, web form auto-fill, and the storage of text in safenotes. Focusing on only these core areas, RoboForm does them well.
CP Lab’s Password Manager XP offers a secure data manager and web-form filler with perhaps a not very forward-looking name. If you want a low-cost, flexible, secure data storage solution, you’ll like what you see, assuming you can figure out how to use its needlessly complicated interface.