PC security: suite yourself

Monday, 21 October 2002, 12:18 PM EST

Surfing the Net without some level of security has become like driving in NASCAR without a seat belt.

Some users deal with this by cobbling together a set of different security utilities, but Symantec Corp. and McAfee.com Corp., the Pepsi and Coke of the computer-security business, take a different approach with two new all-in-one suites. Both combine anti-virus protection, firewall software, pop-up ad blocking, parental-control Web screening and spam filtering.

As ever, the most important reason to buy any PC-security utility is virus defense. But after years of tough competition, these two contenders have battled their way to parity -- both proved equally effective in our tests, including one of a custom-made virus that wouldn't appear in either program's database.

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