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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price per year as of July 2023 for the initial subscription period (many products offer a discounted price for an initial period - usually the first year). Where applicable, prices have been converted to Australian dollars.
Price may increase after the initial subscription period ends. See the "Renewal price" for these figures.
Many products have multiple pricing options for such things as length of subscription, number of devices, additional features, etc. Please check carefully before buying to ensure you have the right product for you.
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Price per year as at July 2023 for after the initial subscription period. This price may change by the time your initial subscription period ends.
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Testing includes on-demand scanning; real-world protection, using known malicious websites including so-called drive-by websites, plus malware infections from connected media such as a USB flash drive; current malware detection; and URL protection, which includes blocking online malware.
enter value/s in increments of i between 57 and 98
If the program runs on Windows (testing was done using Windows 10).
Protects against unsolicited commercial (junk) email distributed on a large scale and often part of a scam.
Protects against software that secretly gathers information about a computer user or organisation.
Protects against fraudulent attempts to lure users to reveal credit card details, account passwords and personal information by impersonating a trusted financial institution or service.
Ease of use score
Assessment takes into account the installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the product; the clarity and simplicity of the user interface; built-in and online user help such as guidance, help menu and options; and ease of keeping the software up to date.
enter value/s in increments of i between 78 and 94
System impact score
Assesses the software's use of disk space and memory, plus its effect on boot time and common tasks such as program launch and use, file copying and file compression and decompression.
enter value/s in increments of i between 83 and 100
Can create bootable USB key
Facilitates creation of a bootable USB key that can start up the computer to isolate it from malware while allowing complete scanning of the computer and operating system.
Password protection of settings
Password protection of settings to protect against changes by unauthorised users.
Checks for OS applications updates
Does the software automatically check for updates for apps to help avoid security loopholes of older software.
A variety of features which allow setting restrictions on content.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Protection score
- Ease of use score
- System impact score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Renewal price
- Number of devices
- Number of years (licence)
- Parental controls
- Flags phishing URLs
- Virtualised browsing
- Check for OS applications updates
- Password protection of settings
- Can be downloaded to bootable USB key
- Can create bootable USB key
- Windows version
- Mac version
- Version number tested