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Internet security suites compared

These suites bundle everything you need, from antivirus protection to firewall blocking, in one box. Plus, they offer additional privacy protection, such as blocking objectionable Web sites, spam, and spyware -- all in one convenient package. Which is the best?
Written by Robert Vamosi, Contributor on
Without a corporate IT staff or gateway antivirus and firewall solutions, small businesses and home desktop users need some kind of protection from hackers and other Internet security threats.

These Internet security suites bundle everything you need, from antivirus protection to firewall blocking to Internet privacy, in one box. Plus, they offer additional privacy protection, such as blocking objectionable Web sites, spam, and spyware -- all in one convenient package.

This year, we recommend ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6 over similar collections from Norton and McAfee. While we like individual features of Norton Internet Security 2006 and McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006, both of these bundles noticeably slowed our test machines. ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6, on the other hand, offers the most complete Internet security for your PC without affecting its performance.

Norton Internet Security 2006

Norton Internet Security 2006
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Norton Internet Security 2006 is a solid security suite, but it bogs down PC performance. Though it's a reasonable upgrade for entrenched Norton fans, it offers users less bang for the buck than ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.
McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006

McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006
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McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 packs a powerful protection arsenal -- but it's far too slow. Loyal McAfee users should upgrade for the automatic spyware and phishing blockers, but the rest of us should seek security elsewhere, such as ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6
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ZoneAlarm Security Suite puts Norton and McAfee to shame with its easy-to-use triple-layer firewall, antivirus, antispam, and now antispyware features.
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