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Security software review

We recommend the best ways to protect your computer

Consumer Reports magazine: June 2013

A good security suite is as essential to your computer as a keyboard. Most new computers typically come loaded with an anti-malware program, usually a trial version. When the trial runs out, you either pay up or you’re on your own.

Our latest security software Ratings show that you may not need to pay up. Pair a free program with other free tools to build a “suite” that should keep you safe. We'll show you how to do exactly that.

Our tests, which included 1,000 visits to malicious websites, were performed in conjunction with International Consumer Research & Testing, an association of independent nonprofit organizations.


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