Consumer Reports: Free anti-malware software for Windows, Mac is effective

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Network World (US)

In what could be regarded as a controversial test of anti-malware effectiveness, the influentialConsumer Reports publication in its June issue gives its main recommendation to anti-malware freeware for protecting Windows and Mac computers. With some caveats,Consumer Reports says in its “Security Software” article it regards it as unnecessary to buy commercial anti-malware software.

Consumer Reports says it carried out the testing of 18 separate anti-malware softwareapplications — four of them free and 14 paid — in conjunction with International Consumer Research & Testing based on how well the software defended against live exploits from websites.

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