Compare The Top 10 Internet Security Software of 2020

We tested, compared, and rated the leading Internet Security software. Here are the results:
  • All-in-One PC Security
  • High-Performance Anti-Malware Engine
  • Search Guard™ Browser Protection
  • Social Watch™ Social Network Protection
  • Best Firewall and Anti-phishing Technology
VIPRE Internet Security
  • 100% Free U.S. Tech Support
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Works with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP
  • American phone support
Overall Score


Rank Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place 6th Place 7th Place 8th Place 9th Place 10th Place
Score 97%94%91%89%86%83%77%77%73%69%
Internet Security Software

All Software Available for Instant Download
SAVE 29%

(no discount)
Bitdefender Box
SAVE 44%
Avast Box
SAVE 20%
SAVE 20%
Norton Box
SAVE 44%
Avira Box
SAVE 10%
Panda Box
SAVE 25%
Kaspersky Box
SAVE 40%
McAfee Box
SAVE 50%
Works with
Win 10
Works with
Win 8x
Works with
Win 7
Works with
Win Vista
Works with
Win XP
Malware Protection
Low Resource Usage
Social Network Protection
USB Scanning
Email Scanning
Easy to Use
Tech Support Based In
Costa Rica
Support Fee for Virus Removal $0 $0/$50* $99.99 $119.00 $119.00 $19.99 $0 $59.94 $99.99 $89.95
*Manufacturer may charge fees for support with virus removal in some cases.

Explanation of Features

  • Malware Protection: Malware is the universal label for viruses, trojans, rootkits, bootkits, spyware, and any other crap the bad guys want to install onto your PC. So, how well does the Internet Security Software work against these threats?
  • Low Resource Usage: Keeping a PC secure is one thing, but at what cost? If your PC becomes so slow it's unusable, what's the point? So, how well does the software do its job while still letting you do yours?
  • Social Network Protection: Threats on Facebook and Twitter are just the start. So, how well does the software protect against threats found on social media sites?
  • USB Scanning: As surprising as it might sound, not every product out there automatically protects you against threats on USB devices. So, which ones do?
  • Email Scanning: Although it's one of the oldest places malware can get into your PC, it's still one of the most common. So, how well does the software protect you against threats that come via email?
  • Easy to Use: Every product claims to be easy to use. Some are. Some aren't. So, how well do they compare in ease of use?
  • Tech Support: Hidden fees. Upsells. Off-shore call centers. Outsourced support. All kinds of shenanigans. Luckily, not every antivirus software plays games with their tech support. So, which ones do support well?

The Difference that Makes a Difference

When looking at an Internet Security Suite, the most common question is,
What's the difference between antivirus software and an Internet Security Suite?
Followed by the second question,
Do I need both?
Let's start with the second question first: no, you don't need both.

ALL features in basic antivirus software are also in Internet Security Suites. Period.

As for what's the difference, the jump from basic antivirus to an Internet Security Suite means you get more protection.

Exactly what you get varies by brand, but the biggies are a software firewall and a malicious website filter.

Yes, there is a software firewall built into modern versions of Windows; however, the firewalls built into the Internet Security Suites tend to be significantly better and far easier to manage.

Aside from that, the malicious website filter is the other big difference. Like every other part of antivirus software, these filters are constantly updated, and if you intentionally or accidentally visit a known malicious website, the software will block (or at least warn you) the site is a possible threat and offer to take you back to safety.

With as many known phishing and ransomeware attacks as there are, the few extra bucks to upgrade to an Internet Security Suite are well worth it for the extra protection you get.

Aside from that some suites bolt on other features like parental controls and backup, but in our view these extra features are much less important than getting the basics like a good firewall and malicious website filter.