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Best Antivirus to Protect Against Web and Email Threats

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The Internet has enabled today's attackers to reach billions of potential victims each day. And thousands of new malware are constantly being unleashed on the Web and in email. The most important antivirus protection needed today centers around the ability to detect and prevent new malware attacks via the Web or email. AV-Test is the definitive resource for antivirus testing that most closely approximates what a real life user will encounter. Here's our picks for the best consumer-focused Web and email defense, based on AV-Test's 2Q10 Windows 7 test results.

1. Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010

Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 out-performed all other antivirus scanners when it came to detection of new Web and email threats, nabbing an average of 94% over a 3 month period. This was several percentage points higher than the second place contendors which scored 88.7% on average. Norton Internet Security 2010 also performed well on the overall removal of infections, scoring a 5.0 out of a possible 6.0. In addition, Norton Internet Security 2010 scored highest for performance and usability, at a 5.5 out of possible 6.0. Such solid performance in each of the three core categories (protection, removal, and usability) makes Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2010 an ideal choice for your Windows antivirus needs.

2. F-Secure Internet Security 2010

F-Secure Internet Security 2010 scored second highest on protection against new malware delivered via the Web and email. Importantly, F-Secure also performed extremely well in the categories of virus removal and usability, scoring a 5.0 for removing existing infections and a 5.5 for usability and performance. (Highest possible score was 6.0, a ranking none of the 19 products in the AV-Test analysis achieved). F-Secure scored 100% on its detection and removal of rootkit-enabled and other stealth malware, a notable achievement given the sophistication of this particular category of threats.

3. AVG Internet Security 9.0

AVG Internet Security 9.0 protected against a 3 month average of 88.7% for new malware delivered via the Web and email. However, while AVG Internet Security 9.0 demonstrated solid ability in the Web/email protection category, it fared less well with removing existing malware, scoring only 4.0 out of a possible 6. While detection of rootkit-enabled/stealth malware was 100%, it's ability to remove existing rootktis/stealth malware was only 57%. Overall usability was good; AVG Internet Security 9.0 scored a 5.0 out of possible 6 in the performance and usability category.

4. Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 prevented 87.7% of new Web and email malware in the 2Q10 AV-Test analysis. Unfortunately, it failed to deliver when it came to detecting and removing existing infections and results for usability and performance were equally disappointing, scoring only 4.5 in each.

5. G Data Internet Security 2010/2011

G Data Internet Security 2010/2011 prevented a 3 month average of 86.7% of new Web and email malware in the AV-Test 2Q10 analysis.  G Data Internet Security 2010/2011 also achieved a 5.5 on the usability tests, out of a possible 6.0. No other antivirus scanner scored higher than 5.5, making G Data Internet Security 2010/2011 one of the better choices for older PCs or netbooks.

6. PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 7.0

PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 7.0 prevented 83% of the new Web and email malware used in the 2Q10 AV-Test analysis. But while it's realtime Internet protection was commendable, it scored low on it's ability to detect and remove existing infections (4.5/6) and low for overall usability (3.5/6).

7. Panda Internet Security 2010

Panda Internet Security 2010 prevented 81.7% of new Web and email malware in the 2Q10 AV-Test analysis. Panda Internet Security 2010 also scored well (a 5.5/6.0) in its detection and removal of existing malware. A respectable 5.0 was earned in the usability/performance category.

8. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 prevented 81% of the new Web and email malware in the 2Q10 AV-Test analysis. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 also had the highest scores in detection and removal of existing malware (a 5.5 out of possible 6.0) and for overall usability and performance (also 5.5 out of possible 6.0). This well-roundedness not only earns Kaspersky a spot on the best antivirus to protect against Web and email threats, but also earns it a spot in the overall best antivirus for Windows and a top pick for the best antivirus for netbooks and older PCs.

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