Free security software is all well and good, but you can never be sure you’ve got adequate protection against all those threats out there. PC Tools Internet Security is the top-of-the-line security suite from PC Tools, offering comprehensive anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, plus a firewall and anti-spam filter.

It’s aimed at the average user – so from the moment it’s installed it’s configured to give you maximum protection against all kinds of nasties lurking online, updating itself silently in the background to provide protection against the latest threats before they’re detected thanks to its Integrated Behavior Guard, which is based on PC Tools’ superb ThreatFire product.

And PC Tool's new focus on ease of use - "powerfully simple protection", they're calling it - means Internet Security 2012 avoids many of the usual suite complexities. A clean and simple interface clearly displays your current protection status, individual modules may be turned on or off with a click, and although there are many more powerful options available, they remain firmly in the background - you'll only see them if you go looking.

New this time are Scam Alerts, which "protect against the latest cybercrime schemes like “get rich quick” offers and fake antivirus “scareware” that trick people into divulging confidential information". And malicious site monitoring guards against exploits that cybercriminals often target like the latest movie trailers and breaking news headlines. But otherwise there are improvements all across the suite: more accurate scanning, better browsing protection and enhanced behavioural monitoring combine to keep you safer than ever, both online and off.

Please note, this trial version allows you to scan for threats, but won't remove anything until you've purchased a license.

PC Tools Internet Security v9.1 now works with Windows 8 (and that's the only change!).

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Some of the key PC Tools software bundled within one security suite should give your PC maximum protection