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Group test: what's the best internet security software?

Internet security suites group test

We've exhaustively tested every major internet security suite. Here we present the top 5.

5. G Data TotalProtection 2014

G Data TotalProtection 2014
  • Reviewed on: 7 November 13
  • RRP: £50 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

With excellent protection and decent performance at a good price, we like G Data TotalProtection 2014.

4. Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security review

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security review
  • Reviewed on: 20 August 13
  • RRP: £50 (3 PC licence) inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The price of Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security makes it a competitive product for a full IS suite with all the trimmings and its AV-Test results put it in a very strong position. It's good to see anti-malware and backup apps combined in a wash-and-go product like this, though the interface would benefit from a more equable distribution of its function links.

3. Symantec Norton 360 2014

Symantec Norton 360 2014
  • Reviewed on: 29 October 13
  • RRP: £60 (3 PC licence)
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

AV-Test gave the Norton code 17.0/18.0, a very good result. Broken down, this gives 5.5/6.0 in both Protection and Usability and a full 6.0/6.0 in Performance, even if this wasn’t reflected in our own tests of PC slowdown.

2. Qihoo 360 Internet Security 4.3

Qihoo 360 Internet Security 4.3
  • Reviewed on: 28 October 13
  • RRP: Free (unlimited licence)
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Although the Performance score, which shows the resource hit, is a bit low, this wasn’t reflected in our own, admittedly simpler, test. The Protection result was pretty good on recent threats, though it dropped down to around 90 percent on zero-day attacks.

1. Bitdefender Total Security 2014

Bitdefender Total Security 2014
  • Reviewed on: 20 August 13
  • RRP: £50 (3 PC licence) inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Technically one of the best IS suites you can buy, Bitdefender Total Security 2014 also offers a swathe of extras which all help to protect some aspects of your Windows life online. Even though it's so feature-rich, it manages to set itself up and run unobtrusively in the background. We'd have liked a bit more online storage, particularly since it's a 3-PC licence, and there are better Bitdefender choices if you want to protect devices running a variety of operating systems.

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