The Internet is full viruses and other types of malicious software designed to capture personal information or hijack computers. Internet security companies have made software to counter these threats. Some software is free, while some cost upwards of $50 for consumer uses. The software is installed on the user's computer and it monitors other programs as well as Internet traffic for possible malware. An infected website can infect a users without him or her downloading anything. Strong, updated security software will minimize your risk.
Norton Internet Security 2010
Norton is a leading name in Internet security and the 2010 edition remains the best overall security suite on the market, according to PC Mag. It costs $69.99.
AVG Internet Security 9.0
AVG Internet Security is rated Good by PC Mag and offers updated anti-malware features. It works better with existing firewalls—which protect the computer from the outside world. It costs $44.99.
Zone Alarm Extreme Security 2010
Zone Alarm Extreme Security 2010 includes full-disk encryption, so no one can read the data on your PC if it is stolen. It can also do advance scans on downloads. It costs $69.50.
Avast Antivirus from AWIL Software in Prague has 100 million users. It's free and comes with an anti-spyware “shield” as well as shields for email, instant messaging and the web. In August 2009, Avast! Was rated “Advanced+” by Antivirus Comparitives.
BitDefender Total Security
BitDefender Total Security costs is efficient at malware detection. It costs $69.95.
F-Secure Internet Security 2010
F-Secure Internet Security 2010 has a new easy-to use interface an improved firewall. It costs $59.99.
Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2010
Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2010 provides gaming and movie viewing modes that will prevent security-related computer slowdowns. It costs $59.95.
Kapersky Internet Security 2010
Kapersky Internet Security 2010 can disable the auto-run function on your computer—which is a popular method by which viruses get onto computers. It costs $149.99
Bullguard Internet Security 8.5
Bullguard Internet Security 8.5 includes 5 GB of backup for free. The program costs $69.95.
MacAffee Internet Security 2010
MacAffee Internet Security 2010 is among the most popular and well-known programs in the world with ten percent of the security software market, according to Gartner Research thanks to its robust, easy-to-use features. It costs $44.99