No computer purchase (or gift) is complete without the right software. Over in our Holiday Buyers Guide, we offer up the ten apps that should top your holiday shopping list in 2010. Here are three of the selections:
Eset NOD32 Antivirus 4.2 – The latest version of Eset’s baseline security software took home top honors in our 2010 Antivirus Buyer Guide, and for good reason. NOD32 Antivirus 4.2 is dead-simple to use, offers some of the fastest scan times we’ve seen, and is rabidly proactive when blocking malware files from downloading to your PC. If speed isn’t a main concern, you can spend zero dollars on Avast Free Antivirus, which was best in show in our 2010 Free Antivirus Guide. However, if you’re sweating performance impact — looking at you, hardcore gamers and video editors — Eset NOD32 Antivirus is worth the cost.
SOS Online Backup – Every computer needs automated online backup, if only to ensure your photos, music, videos, and documents don’t succumb to hard drive failure, malware attack or physical destruction of the PC (by, say, a hurricane). SOS Online earned the top rating in our 2010 Online Backup Buyer’s Guide on the strength of its high-end feature support. You’ll pay a little extra for SOS, but your data will be safer.
Steam – To absolutely no one’s surprise, Steam was the top finisher in our 2010 Video Game Download Service Buyers Guide. Rather than purchase a physical copy of a video game, Steam lets you download the game data directly. Throw in a top-notch social networking overlay which extends and enhances the features of most games and you’ve got the best game service on the market today.
For the complete list of the Ten Best Software Apps to Give Your PC in 2010, head over to TechnologyGuide.