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Antivirus followup

What was tested? Three antivirus applications were reviewed and rated. Final verdicts of between 76 and 90 points out of 100 were awarded. Order back issues , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Microsoft Security Essentials
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Microsoft Security Essentials

90 out of 100 points – PCFormat Gold Award

"... Aside from the long full scan, there is very little wrong with Microsoft's latest entry into the world of antivirus. ... You rarely even know it's there, and the memory usage will barely put a dent in all but the most decrepit of PCs. We've even found it speeds up netbooks that were previously running AVG. Microsoft gets it right, for once."

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NOD32 Antivirus 4
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Eset NOD32 4.0

82 out of 100 points

"... ESET has impressed us. The sheer amount of options when you run a scan will put a grin on the face of even the hardiest geek. It can seek out unused and unwanted programs, which can slow your system. And it uses less than 5MB of memory. If you must pay for antivirus software, this is the one to get."

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Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2010
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Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2010

76 out of 100 points

"... Kaspersky's suite is a fully-fledged affair ... It's got a nice, clean interface, and doesn't use too much memory. In terms of protection, Kaspersky has an av-comparatives score of 50 per cent, which puts it above the paid-for software we looked at last time. Not bad at all, but still not quite as good as Eset or Microsoft Security Essentials. ..."

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