PC Tools Internet Security 2010 – Layered Malware Defenses in a Box

It’s now more difficult than ever, to enjoy the benefits of the Internet as it was designed to be experienced. Unfortunately, the present Internet is a world that is full of cyber criminals, scam and fraud artists, and worse. A world that reeks of tainted search engine results, malware infected legitimate websites, drive-by downloads and bogus security software.

Regular readers of Tech Thoughts are familiar with this advice: “To ensure maximum safety on the Internet, it’s important to have layered defenses in the ongoing fight against malware”.

For example, layered defenses on one of my home Windows 7 machines, until recently, consisted of the following PC Tools free applications – Firewall  Plus, ThreatFire, Spyware Doctor , and Free AntiVirus. So, when I was given the opportunity to test drive PC Tools Internet Security 2010, which combines all of these antimalware tools, I jumped at the chance.

I’ve been testing PC Tools Internet Security 2010 since early December 2009, in order to get to the heart of the matter – does this application work in the “real world?”

I’m pleased to report that PC Tools Internet Security 2010 does work in the “real world”. By combining the highly regarded technologies of Spyware Doctor, a highly efficient Firewall, an antivirus engine, and ThreatFire’s heuristic detection engine, PC Tools has built a suite of applications that provides powerful Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Firewall and Spam protection.

Experience has taught me that typical computer users require a simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface in order to get the most out of a security suite, and PC Tools Internet Security provides that. The application is straightforward to setup, customize and run as the following graphics illustrate.


You’ll notice that the install applet recognized existing PC Tools software already on the test machine.



Fast facts:

Built on a modular architecture which utilizes a diverse range of Windows PC internet security tools that detect, block and remove threats attempting to compromise your PC.

ThreatFire Behavioral Intelligence features next-generation technology to block new threats faster than traditional signature methods.

Advanced rootkit detection technology identifies and removes hidden threats from your PC.

Multi-layered browsing protection against web-based attacks, including phishing attempts, rogueware scare tactics and silent drive-by downloads, using a combination of reactive blacklists and proactive dynamic content analysis technologies.

  • Site Guard blocks you from visiting potentially unsafe or phishing websites and from downloading threats through your browser, IM or email.
  • Cookie Guard automatically removes potentially malicious tracking and advertising cookies.
  • Browser Guard stops ‘drive-by’ downloads of fake AV or malicious files from compromised or exploit websites.

Constant real-time IntelliGuard prevents known and new malware threats before they can install and cause any harm to your PC. IntelliGuard monitors for malicious activity involving spyware processes, viral activity, tracking cookies, suspicious ActiveX objects, browser hijackers, keyloggers, Trojans and more.

Intelli-Scan swiftly hunts and kills active spyware threats – utilizes patent-pending spider scanning technology to quickly identify and remove threats.

Automated Firewall to defend against cybercriminals seeking to gain access to your PC. It analyses network traffic and makes intelligent automatic decisions for you to reduce annoying alerts.

Advanced spam filtering utilizes intuitive Windows PC internet security tools to detect spam and effectively block phishing, unsolicited and malware emails.

Includes AntiSpam toolbars for popular email clients including Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird.

State Awareness Modes intuitively detect how you are using your PC and adjust to minimize performance impact and reduce interruptions.

  • Game Mode automatically detects your PC switching into full-screen mode for games, movies or presentations and ensures an uninterrupted experience.
  • Idle Mode automatically runs resource intensive tasks when your PC is not in use.
  • Power Saving Mode postpones power-intensive tasks until your laptop is plugged in, extending battery life.

Protection Statistics Report informs you of how PC Tools has protected your PC over the last 30 days.

24/7 Support available.

PC Tools Internet Security 2010 , which is available in 14 languages, offers all of the protection that a top notch anti-malware suite should, in an easy installation package leading to a “dead simple” interface, and then does what it sets out to do – protects the user efficiently, against the epidemic of malware and additional dangers circulating on the Internet waiting to trap the under protected, and the unaware.

System requirements: Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista SP1+ (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP SP2+ (32bit)

You may buy PC Tools Internet Security 2010, ($59.95 direct, for three licenses), or you may download a free, limited, trial version , at PC Tools.

Please note that the trial version offers time unlimited real-time protection (free threat blocking), but does not remove threats detected during on-demand scans.

As part of Tech Thoughts “Stay Safe on the Internet campaign”, PC Tools has generously provided us with 10 free licenses for PC Tools Internet Security 2010, (retail value $59.95 U.S.).

To enter the contest to win a free license, simply add a comment at the end of this article. On January 29, 2010, all comments will be added to the online List Randomizer, and the first 10 names that come up, will win a free license for this award winning security application.

As with previous contests, you don’t need to write a paragraph – “enter me in the contest” is enough. Good luck!

Note: We are currently running an additional contest for 10 free licenses for Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, (retail value $49.95 U.S.), which closes on January 15, 2010. To get your entry in for this contest, checkout “Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Free License Giveaway”, on this site.

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68 responses to “PC Tools Internet Security 2010 – Layered Malware Defenses in a Box

  1. Alex

    You didn`t told us if you`ve scanned that computer with another security solution – just to verify if it`s clean and to see if PCTools products have been protected you well …
    Count me in this giveaway – PCTools
    Firewall is well quoted on Matousec – so I would like to try PCToolsInternetSecurity !

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Alex.

      As the article indicated, the previous security applications on this test machine consisted of the following PC Tools free applications, Firewall Plus, ThreatFire, Spyware Doctor , and Free AntiVirus. As an Internet security professional, I can assure you that this test machine was malware free prior to installing PC Tools Internet Security 2010.

      Thanks for your contest entry.


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  3. Alex

    I think you didn`t understood my question – you said that prior instalation of InternetSecurity you have used on that computer 3 equivalent products from PCTools – so I repeat the question – was it clean after have used those three products from PCTools ?

    • Bill Mullins


      If the question you are really asking is – did these individual PC Tools applications offer an acceptable layer of malware defense? The answer is “yes”. You can read a review of each of these applications on this site.

      Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 Worth the Money?

      PC Tools Firewall A Freebie Worth Having

      Protect Yourself Against Zero Day Internet Threats with Free ThreatFire From PC Tools

      Free Antivirus Download PC Tools Free Edition 6


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  5. sip

    Presently using PC Tools Firewall Plus. Great product! Upgrade would only make defense the best.

    • Bill Mullins

      I agree Scott. PC Tools Firewall Plus is definitely one of the best.

      Thanks for entering the contest.

      Good luck!


  6. leofelix

    Since PC Tools promises seems to be compatible with Windows7 64 bit, I wouldn’t mind to win one license free:-)
    Thank you

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  9. Paf

    Hi Bill, thank you very much for this opportunity to win a free license of an excellent security software. Please count me in. Thanks. Paf

  10. HarleyBBorn

    Hey Bill…..

    I wouldn’t mind giving PC Tools Internet Security 2010 a try. Please Count me in.

    Hope you and your family had a Great Christmas!!

    THANK YOU, as always for ALL the information that you share and also for giving us a chance to win all these goodies!!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Todd,

      Yes, Christmas was very good, and I trust yours was as well.

      Good luck in the contest.



  11. Paf

    Hi Bill, great opportunity for an excellent software. Please count me in. Thank you very much.

    P.S. I have posted a previous comment, but I can not see it. You can delete one of them.

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  13. Taiwan Student

    PC Tools Internet Security 2010 is more than 2009, it’s firewall and antivirus engine had fixed many bugs in than 2009.

    Thank you

  14. Prakas h Pathak

    please count me in and thanks for the giveway

  15. Tiko Mu

    Enter me in the contest.

    Happy New Year.

    Good Luck.

  16. Schlange

    I love PCTools SD much & would like to try my luck for the IS license.
    Please count me in for the contest.


    • Bill Mullins

      Good to see you’re enthusiasm for SD, Schlange – it’s a great application. Good luck in the contest.


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  18. RHH (robert)

    Thanks for the opportunity, I would really like to win this one, please count me in, thanks a million and happy NY.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Robert (although I’m kind of use to thinking of you as RHH),

      Thank you for participating.

      Happy New Year.


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  20. stammer

    would like a shot at this. sounds like a good app.

  21. free

    please count me in and thanks for this nice giveway 🙂

  22. Sudip

    Kindly count me in. I have the 2009 version and would like to have a free upgrade.

  23. Aunty Soshul

    Please include me in this randomized giveaway!

  24. Great application, count me in

  25. makis

    Great offer. kope to win this very good security solution.
    Many thanks.

  26. k19s

    Hi, hope I win one.


  27. bon jovi

    Thanks for this opportunity and please count me in.
    All the best in 2010!

  28. Ahmed

    I like Pctools internet security.Hopefully I will lucky of this time .thanks in advance.

  29. Ahmed Helmi

    please enter me to the contest and have a nice day! 🙂

  30. CE

    Thanks for the chance at this software Bill. Hope you are keeping warm up there!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey CE,

      I’ve been watching on the News, that you folks are pretty cold down there too. We’ll just have to stop sending you our COLD Canadian weather. LOL

      Good to see you in the contest.

      A belated Happy New Year to you.


  31. Angel

    Thanks for this giveaway .
    Please include me in this great giveaway ..

  32. BTOR

    Thanks for the chance AND please count me for the draw

  33. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for you give away. I am using PC Tools Firewall and i am quite happy with it. I read your above article with pleasure. PC Tools is having good detection rate, and the same was mentioned and reviewed on PC Mag Website.

    Please include me in your contest, I will be highly thankful to you for the same.


  34. WLYKing

    Hope to win 1 PC Tools IS license.
    Please count me in for the contest.

  35. soojaz

    I used pctools spyware doctor with antivirus from google pack recently and found that it’s great except for slower scan speed than Avira free which I used previously. Hope to win this,thanks.

  36. Olga

    Please enter me into this nice giveaway.thanks.

  37. Heroix

    Hello Bill,
    Please enter me in the contest. Thank you.

  38. amit raina

    plz count me also

  39. Adam

    Very interesting blog. And of course giveaway :). Please count me.

  40. Panayotis

    It is an awesome App!
    -Great Firewall (according to Matousec.com); Light strong, and user-friendly.
    -Spyware Doctor has been a Top-Notch AntiSpyware
    -AntiVirus component has been greatly improved too!

    I wish I earn this magnificent piece of software.

  41. David

    Thanks for the offer!

  42. Murugesh

    Please include me in this giveaway. Thanks!

  43. Sudip Kumar Das

    Hope I win one. Thanks!

  44. frid

    count me in the contest, thankyou.

  45. django

    Thanx for the great offer, please kindly count me in too.

  46. coucou

    enter me in the contest thank you

  47. KULLI

    take me alsi in the draw thank you

  48. Michael

    thanks for the info…interesting.

  49. 4x4

    enter me in the contest .

  50. fabald

    waooo , what a great giveaway
    could you count me please
    thank you very much

  51. abhijit

    hey looks good ………..count me in……..u really got a nice description than their site….thanks

  52. frank

    Thanks bill, really nice info. I will try it……….


    very informative blog thanks count me in the draw