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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price as of March 2022 (check websites for discounted offers). Where applicable, prices have been converted to Australian dollars.
Pricing will depend on the number of devices and number of years of the licence for each product. Note that these can vary with each product. Where possible we have priced at 3-users for 1-year, but some software doesn't have a this option. Some products may offer up to 10 users per licence. Carefully check the number of users and years on the vendor's website before purchase.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0 and 115.99
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 74 and 94
Testing includes on-demand scanning, both connected to and disconnected from the internet; 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, which includes the speed at which software is updated to address emerging threats; URL protection, which includes blocking online malware, especially phishing websites such as false banking and social media sites.
enter value/s in increments of i between 62 and 96
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
- Overall score
- Protection score
- Ease of use score
- System impact score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Number of devices
- Number of years (licence)
- Flags phishing URLs
- Parental controls
- Virtualised browsing
- Check for OS applications updates
- Password protection of settings
- Can create bootable USB key
- Windows version
- Mac version
- Version number tested