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Paid Or Free Internet Security Software - The Debate Continues: What Are The Differences Between Premium Security and Internet Security Software? PDF Print E-mail

Comparison of paid and free internet security software is one of the major debate issues among people who have tried and tested antivirus from different brands. Antivirus and antispyware are types of security programs. Even though many people think that paid internet security software can provide them with better security, we can find a large number of people using free security programs on their computer.

Most of the time, we can notice that people find themselves using a paid antivirus because that is the only option left to them as the computer was shipped with a paid antivirus. However, a user may uninstall a paid antivirus and install a free security software on his system. Some of the famous free internet security software are AVG antivirus and antispyware (Free Edition), Comodo Firewall, Avast! Home Edition, etc. Some of the popular paid antivirus are McAfee and Symantec.

Basic virus and spyware scan feature is same in both paid and free software. However, when you compare a paid and a free antivirus you can notice that most features are not available in free antivirus. Here are some of the features that you may not find in a free antivirus: anti rootkit, firewall, anti-spam and free technical support.

Free antivirus and antispyware are usually meant for private use only. The makers of the free antivirus may also provide a paid version as well, for example AVG Antivirus Pro and AVG Internet Security are the paid version whereas AVG Free Edition is a free version from AVG.

Comparison of paid and free internet security software show that if you are looking for an antivirus or antispyware just for the sake of scanning for virus and spyware, you must go for a free antivirus or antispyware. However, if you are looking forward for a technical support from an internet security program, you must go for a paid antivirus or antispyware.

Not many people have heard of premium security software. And that's no surprise considering the wide range of security programs that exist, and its late entrance into the security software field.

It has come behind other security programs like antispyware, firewall, antivirus, internet security and various other security programs in the industry today. And this can make finding the right one a daunting task, even for the more security savvy PC users.

The reality is these programs aren't as complicated as you might think. In fact, you can get one package that includes all of them and save yourself a lot of money and stress in the process.

Premium security software goes by many names and they include complete, extreme, ultimate, super-suites, ultra, mega and total. So it includes all consumer-level security software in one, with all the features and tools you'll need.

But internet security software includes many of the same security programs, features and tools. And you'll be able to protect your PC from the same threats that a premium security software program is designed for. However, they do have a few differences and before you choose one, we recommend you check out their features and capabilities to make the right choice.

Before we look at their differences, we want to highlight a few of their similarities.

Similarities

Like internet security software, premium security includes antivirus, anti-spam, firewall and antispyware protection. These four protection programs have their own stand-alone versions. And each serves a specific purpose and removes certain types of threats. Combined, they are a formidable force and ensure that your PC is protected on all angles.

Premium and internet security programs also have features that you won't get in stand-alone programs. Some of these additions include data backup, parental controls, gamer modes and anti-phishing tools.

Differences

One obvious difference between these two suites is price. On average, premium security is about £15 more expensive than internet security software.

There are a few cheaper premium programs like ZoneAlarm Extreme Security who also regularly offer discounts too. But overall internet security is much cheaper and BitDefender is currently retailing at £29.99.

Is the Premium security price justified? Well that depends on the features and tools you're looking for; Which brings us to the second difference, which is found in the tools they offer.

Premium security has PC Utility Tools which are designed to perform repairs on your PC and clean out temporary internet files. These features are powerful and enhance your overall security.

One of the impressive tools is Speed Up Start which is a series of tweaks that hasten your computer and OS start up time.

Also, all premium security suites include privacy, data backup, online storage, firewall and PC system utilities; whereas a few internet security suites include all these programs and they aren't as effective.

Summary

It's true that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and this is evident in premium and internet security packages. The standalone programs also found in these two suites are top-notch, but together they provide excellent protection.

So your choice between the two will depend on your personal need or preferences. We recommend you read the reviews of the leading programs like BitDefender, Kaspersky and Norton.

 

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