The paid subscription products in this test included BitDefender Internet Security 2013, ESET Smart Security 6, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, McAfee Internet Security 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013, and Trend Micro Internet Security 2013.
"The effectiveness of free and paid-for anti-malware security suites varies widely," the Dennis Technology Labs report states. "McAfee's paid-for and Microsoft's free product were the least effective." The report said McAfee Internet Security was "compromised by18% of the threats."
The Avast! Free Antivirus 7 was deemed the most effective of the free anti-malware software in the group tests. But in this test round, the top three products were all paid-for: Kaspersky, BitDefender and Symantec's Norton software.
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