Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:17 AM
The problem with internet security suites is that they are often strong in some areas, and less strong in other areas. Often, this is the result of their buying out a very good module and incorporating it into the suite, but not developing and maintaining it with the same dedication, focus, and passion of the original developers.
Another problem resides in your being tied to one manufacturer for all your security needs. Hopefully, it will not go out of business or be puchased by another company, or change its direction, but you cannot be sure. Having modules tied together means also that any programming problem in one part can make the others inoperable, much like having your receiver and tape player in one unit. For example, in the case of definition updates, if the company's server is down for whatever reason, you cannot update ANY of the needed modules.
Another problem can be that it is in the nature of suites to be resource hogs when compared to separate, individual security modules. Part of this is caused by the way they are developed, and part by the extra overhead interfacing each with the parent can cause. In the case of older computers, this can be a real disadvantage.
In any case, you would want several anti-spyware applications, because each company has varying criteria, and will look for and find slightly different sets of malware as a result.
For these reasons, I would certainly recommend exercising your freedom to pick and choose, for each area, the application that best works for you and for your computer.
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