In today’s day and age, it has become almost unthinkable to hook a PC up to the Internet without any security software running in the background. And with the rapid evolution of viruses and malware still lurking in the depths of cyberspace, the importance of a good security suite cannot be underestimated. VR-Zone puts one such suite, Avira Premium Security Suite, under the knife to see how it fares in the balancing act between user-friendliness and performance.
In the past, one might have been able to secure a PC with only a solitary antivirus program, but times have since changed due to the rapid evolution of malware. Hence, it is no longer enough to rely on just a single piece of security software such as standalone firewalls or malware scanners today.
This has led to vendors offering a complete security suite which combines such standalone products into a single package for comprehensive protection. And Avira is no exception: the company recently releasing the latest version of its Avira Premium Security Suite.
Opening the box reveals a single CD case, which comes with the bundled software and a single-user license key.
We managed to get our hands on a copy of Avira’s security suite (VIP Edition)* and proceeded to put it to the test to see just how well it performs. In order to best replicate normal usage conditions, we performed the test on a notebook loaned from ASUS for this review.
The specs of the notebook as as follows:
|ASUS N20A Notebook PC Specs|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 Processor (2.0 GHz, 2MB Cache, 800MHz FSB)|
|Chipset||ntel GM45 Express Chipset +ICH9M|
|Graphics card||Integrated Intel GMA X4500HD|
|Operating System||Windows Vista Home Premium|
|Display||12.1″ WXGA Color-Shine (Glare-type)|
|Memory||2 GB DDR2 SDRAM|
|Hard disk||250GB SATA hard disk|
|Battery||6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery|
|Weight||1.85kg (with three-cell battery)|
*Contents of the VIP boxset versions may differ from the actual retail package.