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Avast Pro Antivirus 5

Avast Pro Antivirus 5 ($US40 for a single-PC, one-year license as of 11/23/2010) ranks third in our roundup of 2011 paid antivirus products. When PCWorld last looked at Avast's paid antivirus offering, our reviewer wasn't particularly impressed with either its interface or its malware detection capabilities. Avast Antivirus Pro 5, however, is a definite improvement, thanks to a slick new interface and some useful additional features. But middling detection capabilities relative to other paid antivirus software keep it from claiming a higher ranking.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:26

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, Avast, antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus 5: Good all-around option

Avast Free Antivirus 5 took the top spot in our late 2010 roundup of free antivirus software. It provides good, all-around malware detection in a speedy, well-designed package. We liked its easy installation process, smooth interface design, and minimal impact in system performance. However, although it wins out overall, its malware detection, while good, isn't the best we've seen.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:35

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, Avast, antivirus

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 takes fifth place in our roundup of 2011 antivirus software, closely trailing fourth-place finisher G-Data AntiVirus 2011. It did a great job at stopping brand new malware attacks, and a reasonable -- though not top-notch -- job at detecting known malware, and it sports a well-designed interface. On the downside, its impact on PC performance was worse than average.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:36

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, kaspersky lab, antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal: Great malware protection

Avira AntiVir Personal ranked second in our late 2010 roundup of free antivirus products. AntiVir has strength where it counts most: It did a great job at detecting and blocking malware. That said, its interface needs some improvement.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:37

Tags: Antivirus & Security, Avira, security, antivirus

Norton Antivirus 2011

Norton Antivirus has been a strong performer in recent years, and this year is no exception. Norton Antivirus 2011 ($US40 for a one-year, single-PC license as of 11/23/2010) comes in first in our roundup of 2011 paid antivirus products. It does a very good job at detecting and removing malware, and it has a smooth interface.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:39

Tags: Antivirus & Security, symantec, applications, security, software

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a unique entry in the free antivirus race. Most free antivirus products still rely on signature updates to detect new malware, but Panda's program instead uses fresh data about malware direct from Panda's servers. As a result, Cloud Antivirus put up some excellent results in some malware detection tests, but its scan speeds were slower than we would have liked to see.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:41

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, panda security, antivirus

G-Data AntiVirus 2011

G-Data AntiVirus 2011 (US$30 for a single-PC, one-year license as of 11/23/2010) placed fourth -- albeit a close fourth -- in our roundup of 2011 antivirus products. G-Data continues its recent trend of strong malware detection, blocking, and removal in 2011, and couples it with a good interface.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:42

Tags: Antivirus & Security, G-Data, security, antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0

When we looked at the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials in 2009, we were impressed with its clean, easy-to-use interface, but less so with its sluggish scan speed. This still holds true for Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0; also, it hasn't kept pace with newer antivirus products when it comes to detecting malware.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:45

Tags: Antivirus & Security, applications, security, Microsoft, software

Comodo Internet Security Premium

Comodo Internet Security Premium came in fifth in our late 2010 roundup of free antivirus products. Although it was last among the products we tested, it did a very good job at blocking brand-new malware. Its detection of known malware lagged behind top performers, though, and it tied for the most false positives.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:47

Tags: Antivirus & Security, Comodo, security, antivirus

BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011

BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 ($US40 for a one-year, three-PC license as of 11/23/2010) ranks second in our roundup of 2011 paid antivirus software. In our tests, it did a good job at detecting malware, and was the top performer at removing infections from a PC, which pushed it up the leaderboard, but it had some trouble blocking live malware attacks, preventing it from climbing any higher.

By Nick Mediati | 30 November, 2010 13:48

Tags: Antivirus & Security, security, bitdefender, antivirus

The Australian Government outlines key issues with telehealth scheme

Establishing a clear deployment model and providing financial incentives for health care providers are some of the key issues to be resolved if telehealth services are to be successfully rolled out across Australia, according to the Department of Health and Ageing.

By Chloe Herrick | 30 November, 2010 15:39

Tags: telehealth, e-health

Inside the labs at Microsoft, HP and IBM

At Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, investment in research and development is a reflection of corporate culture. This three-part piece examines the different approaches taken by each of these influential tech companies. Hewlett-Packard prides itself on its pragmatism, while Microsoft holds the flag of basic research aloft -- and IBM continues to file more patent applications, year after year, than any other tech company.

By James Niccolai, Nancy Gohring and Joab Jackson | 30 November, 2010 08:48

Tags: labs, Development, Microsoft, research, IBM, hardware systems, software, R&D, internet, Hewlett-Packard, consumer electronics

Five best browser innovations of 2010

The browser wars have changed. During the last couple of years, the four or five leading browsers have all greatly improved -- to the point that the choice often comes down to taste or political conviction, as in "I hate Microsoft and I'll never use IE."

By Bill Snyder | 30 November, 2010 03:53

Tags: applications, browsers, software

Tablets expected to clobber PC sales in 2011

Move over PC. The Apple iPad and other tablet devices are turning quite a few heads and chipping away at your business.

By Sharon Gaudin | 30 November, 2010 07:20

Tags: hardware, Gartner, Apple, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Components, processors, PCs

Server shipments, revenue grow in Q3, Gartner says

Gartner on Monday said worldwide server shipments and revenue went up during the third quarter, while sales for Unix servers based on the RISC and Itanium architectures continued to slip.

By Agam Shah | 30 November, 2010 11:40

Tags: Gartner, servers, hardware systems

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