They found that Norton Internet Security 2009 is the best security suite in their tests.So is NIS 2009 the best? "Cascadia Labs analyzed the effectiveness of popular consumer security products in protecting computers against web-based attacks. These threats, also known as drive-by downloads, often take advantage of vulnerabilities in a website to infect unsuspecting visitors’ computers simply by viewing the site. Norton Internet Security 2009 was evaluated against AVG Internet Security 8.0, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, McAfee Internet Security 2009 and Trend Micro Internet Security 2009. In every measure of the test, Norton Internet Security 2009 performed flawlessly, blocking 100 percent of the exploits tested against it. Norton Internet Security 2009 was the only product to receive a perfect score of 50 out of 50 in overall effectiveness of fake application blocking and drive-by download protection. Norton’s effectiveness in blocking exploits was nearly twice that of the nearest competitor. According to Cascadia Labs, “Norton’s approach of focusing on the vulnerability that an exploit targets, rather than relying on specific signatures that can quickly get out of date, proved highly effective in our testing.” In contrast to competing approaches that require users to scan for web browser vulnerabilities and apply patches, Symantec’s Browser Protection feature works seamlessly with no additional user action required. In addition, Norton Internet Security 2009 blocked every fake AV scanner and fake video codec site tested, with the nearest competitor blocking only 60 percent of the fake scanners and codecs and the remaining competitors blocking fewer than half. The full Cascadia Labs report, which was commissioned by Symantec, is available at: http://www.cascadialabs.com/reports/WebThreats09_Full.pdf" "A new report (PDF) from Secunia is raising awareness about the need to patch vulnerabilities and block malware from desktops. The report found that "security vendors do not focus on vulnerabilities." And while Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 bests the 11 other suites tested, Secunia found that Symantec "detected a mere 64 out of 300 exploits, or less than one-fourth, leaving 236 exploits undetected." Overall the dozen products all received an "F" on the report. The Secunia test departed from the traditional testing done by organizations such as AV-test.org and AV-comparatives.org, which use collections of malware to demonstrate the on-demand and heuristic capabilities of the security products. Secunia used exploits--not viruses and worms--to demonstrate the need for users to patch vulnerabilities as well as have a good firewall, antivirus, and other anti-malware protection. The company said exploits are what criminals are most likely to use these days, and faulted the tested security vendors who said their products could protect against any threat. Secunia did single out one product, Kaspersky Internet Security, as providing a vulnerability scanner, yet Kaspersky also did poorly on the test. "