The Best Security Suites for 2011
Firewalls Ancient and Modern
The personal firewall component is an essential suite element. Without a firewall you've got nothing but an antivirus with benefits. I expect a firewall to protect against outside attack, prevent network abuse by local processes, detect and prevent malicious exploits, and stand up to direct attack by malware.
Virus Cleanup Variations
Some users blithely bumble along without protection until they get hit by a visible malware attack. They dash out in a frenzy to buy and install a security solution, expecting a quick end to the problem. After that the emphasis changes to preventing further infestations, but a product that flubs the initial cleanup will get returned pronto.
Guarding Against Attack
Removing a virus that is actively fighting back can tough. Keeping that same threat from installing in the first place should be much easier. Even so, results varied quite a bit in my tests. Trend Micro promised a strong focus on blocking zero-day threats but flopped against my older collection. Outpost Security Suite Pro 7.0 turned in the next lowest score for malware blocking. One rootkit managed to install and stay installed despite F-Secure's active attempts to keep it out.