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Best Security software

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Security software

Best Security software

We tested 18 security software to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Security software based on the following criteria:

  • Anti-phishing
  • Ease of use
  • Resource drain
  • Response to threats
  • Malware scan
  • Threat blocking
  • Firewall
  • Updating

Below lists the Security software that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Security software is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Security software

Best Security software for Anti-phishing

Anti-phishing measures the ability to block websites known to host malware.


This Security software which tested best for Anti-phishing has the following features: Manufacturer's website, Spam filter and Parental filter.

Best Security software for Ease of use

Ease of use covers installation, changing settings, and interacting with the software.


This Security software which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Informative help, Manufacturer's website and Spam filter.

Best Security software for Resource drain

Resource drain measures use of memory and tendency to slow computer operation during a scan.


This Security software which tested best for Resource drain has the following features: Manufacturer's website.

Best Security software for Response to threats

Response to threats indicates appropriateness of the suggested or default response to a detected threat.


This Security software which tested best for Response to threats has the following features: Manufacturer's website, Spam filter, Parental filter and Startup repair.

Best Security software for Malware scan

Malware scan measures effectiveness scanning the PC for malware, both online and offline.


This Security software which tested best for Malware scan has the following features: Manufacturer's website, Spam filter and Parental filter.

Best Security software for Threat blocking

Threat blocking shows how well the product protected against live exploits from websites and local drives.


This Security software which tested best for Threat blocking has the following features: Manufacturer's website, Spam filter and Parental filter.

Best Security software for Firewall

Firewall shows how well the software and its firewall stopped rogue connections to and from the Internet.


This Security software which tested best for Firewall has the following features: Clear firewall warnings, Manufacturer's website, Spam filter and Parental filter.

Best Security software for Updating

Updating shows how soon the product was able to protect against new malware.


This Security software which tested best for Updating has the following features: Manufacturer's website, Spam filter, Parental filter and Startup repair.