PC Tools Internet Security 2010 reviewed

Technology.am (Dec. 05, 2009) — PC Tools’s Internet Security suite for 2010 gets a number of things correct, and annoyingly drops the ball on others. It’s tough not to be fond of the feature set, which is strong, and their latest effectiveness badge from Virus Bulletin. Nevertheless, some of the problems in the suite are conspicuous and will potentially worry aware users who may otherwise discover it a high-quality security tool.

internet-securityThe default landing page ought to appeal to those who like speedy glances to make sure that everything is running effortlessly. Green checkmarks or red X’s make it trouble-free to see if you’re at risk. Drilling deeper down to the settings pages could be improved, though. Too often, the plain text felt squished by the chunks of white space on the right, and made it pointlessly hard to parse logs and fine-tuning controls like the firewall or advanced scan settings.

The performance benchmarks weren’t terrible, but they didn’t make an impression, either. Falling someplace in the center of its competitors, and particularly slow especially on computer start-up times, the suite could be much more lively. Also irritating is that when held up next to most of its competitors, the trial version is obviously constrained. You only get 15 days to make a decision with the suite, and it won’t get rid of any threats it detects.

What PC Tools fans will be fond of is that while two earlier tests by Virus Bulletin this year gave PC Tools Internet Security 2009 failing marks, the first test of the new version passed the test on Windows 7. So for those with new computers, PC Tools’ somewhat lower price point of $50 for three licenses for their premium product may stand out as a good deal.

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