Antivirus vs. Internet Security: 4 Factors to Consider

By: Eddie Nudel

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, you are well aware of the myriad threats that may terrorize your computer on an action to action basis. The informed surfer will already know about what anti-malware software can do for you and a smart one will have implemented this from the get go. But, what if you feel like your Internet interactions need more protection than you are getting? Internet security software is a great way to beef up your computer’s protective gear, but it doesn’t come without its own drawbacks. So, which is right for you? Let’s find out.

4 Factors to Consider

If you are looking to protect both your computer itself from harmful malware attacks and your own personal information from tragic hacking techniques, then you need to choose a good form of protection. Here are four factors to consider when deciding between an antivirus or Internet security suite:

1. Protection

Obviously the number one factor you have to consider when choosing between two types of protection software options is how good of a protection it will be for your computer.

Winner: Internet Security! While antivirus and anti-malware software can protect against a lot of malicious programs out there, Internet security software offers a wider range of protection against malware as well as Trojans, keyloggers and phishing scams.

2. Loading Time

Because time is money, how long the software takes to load, run, scan and clean is also important.

Winner: Antivirus software! It takes up considerably less memory, so your computer will not feel the drag as you will with an Internet security software. Laptops especially, work best with the lighter weight antivirus.

3. Scanning Time

How long a program takes to startup is one thing; the constant running time is actually another factor altogether.

Winner: Antivirus software! Many antiviruses will run behind the scenes periodically and selectively, making the running weight of the program much lighter and easier to work with. Internet security software, on the other hand, will run a scan on every program launched regardless of its degree of potential harmfulness to your computer. While this is a great safety precaution, it means that the program will be running on your computer and may slow down the other activities you want to do.

4. Price

Finally, how much money you’re going to have to spend on your computer protection is an important factor to consider. While we don’t recommend cutting corners at the expense of your computer and your personal information’s safety, there is no reason to pay more than you have to, to get the results you need.

Winner: Antivirus software! Internet security software can run between $30-90. On the other hand, many reliable antivirus software packages are between $20-35.

Bottom Line

If you are securing highly sensitive information such as major financial transactions or personal information, then you would certainly benefit from the increased security of an Internet security suite. Alternatively, if you are just looking to keep the majority of harmful malware off your computer, a reliable antivirus software  will serve you well.


Eddie Nudel

  About Eddie  Nudel  

 Eddie Nudel has vast experience in software solutions;
 for both the business and consumer markets.  
 He has managed several companies  
 and is an expert in IT and marketing. 




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