Computer security has become an absolute necessity in today’s world with an increasing number of virus attacks. The Internet has more or less been a medium for exchanging crucial information; and with viruses, trojans and malware prowling around; there is an absolute definite reason to own an antivirus and web protection software. There are a range of free antivirus and Internet security software available on the Internet; but like all free software, they do not exactly provide an all-round protection. eScan's new Internet Security Suite provides a whole range of security features. Read on to find out if this software is worth a buy.
The User Interface
The eScan Internet Security software has a simple interface with widgets for file antivirus, mail antivirus, anti-spam, web protection, firewall, endpoint security and privacy control presented in a tray. A single click gives you an overview of the tab’s status reports and configuration options. Also, there are separate icons for instant scanning, tools and updates. The main screen allows a quick overview of the current settings and it also displays if a particular tool has become outdated and requires an update.
However, none of the icons look great on Windows 7. They seem like a rip-off from one of the old Windows 95 icons and eScan could have definitely done a much better job with that. The colour scheme of the interface also might be a little dull, but it more than makes up in terms of efficiency.
Virus Scan Log
The eScan Security Suite's basic task is to enable complete monitoring of your entire PC using a single software. It offers an anti-virus with anti-phishing, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit and anti-spam. It also supports web protection, USB control, third party application control, firewall, file security, network traffic monitor and a user-based parental control. Additionally, there is an advanced gaming mode option that detects the execution of game-based applications and allows users uninterrupted usage. It can be safe to say that as far as the features are concerned, with the Internet Security Suite all your security needs for a single PC are met.
The software requires only 1MB of CPU Memory on active mode which is definitely a plus point as it does not put any strain on system resources. After installation, the software took three minutes to update to the latest security level. We immediately put it on a full system scan and it did manage to fish out a few trojans hidden and the software immediately deleted them after a prompt for the first virus. The web protection widget had a simple start or stop option and worked seamlessly with all the provided user profiles. Additionally, users can manually select the web browsing options they wish to control.
Privacy Control Settings
The eScan Security software has a full blown firewall protection option that allows users to select IP addresses to be blocked/allowed along with 'block all' and 'allow all' settings. The feature worked instantaneously with all sites including Google becoming inaccessible upon hitting the block all option. Endpoint security worked brilliantly as well with third party application blocking. Overall, the performance of the eScan Internet Security Suite was extremely impressive.
eScan’s Internet Security Suite is available for Rs 1,136. with support for only a single user for one year. It does cover most of the features that users will require for their PCs as it has dual functionality for network monitoring along with being an anti-virus. The user interface might not be the most sophisticated of the lot, but it definitely does get the work done.