Free Security Software As Good As Commercial

In the June 2009 issue of Consumer Reports, they compared the best software for protection against viruses, malware, and spam.  Interestingly, in addition to comparing commercial suites, they also looked at freely available software and came up with a “suite” of programs that could protect you as well as most of the commercial products.

The three recommended commercial suites are:

The three freely available programs used to create a suite are:

Although using the software is economical, it may not be efficient.  With separate programs, installation, maintenance, and updating can take three times as long. Whether it works for you depends primarily on your budget and resources.

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