Best Antivirus Software
With both paid and free versions available and to ensure that your PC is healthy there is no reason you should not have a good antivirus program on your system. They will keep your operating system running smoothly at top speed and help keep your personal information safe by protecting your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malware. Security software companies also usually offer internet security software which in addition to antivirus protection also offers firewall, antispam, and antiphishing capabilities.
When purchasing antivirus software there are a few things you should keep in mind. First make sure it will work with your current operating system. Also most versions come with 1 year of coverage and then you must pay a renewal fee to keep it up to date, but with some you can buy a lifetime license which costs more initially, but can save you money in the long run. You also can often either download the software directly (some even have a 30 day trial period) or purchase the box with discs and install it.
For this review we looked at antivirus software and rated them primarily on protection – how well they protect your machine, performance – how much they slowed system performance and used system resources, and usability – how easy they are to use. To aid us, we used data gathered from www.av-test.org and www.av-comparatives.org along with other user reviews.
Below we review the top 5 best antivirus software programs and the top 5 rated best free antivirus software programs.
Kasperky Anti-Virus doesn’t offer many features, but it has a clear interface that makes it easy to manage all while offering multiple layers of protection to keep you safe.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus
Some other features of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus include network threat prevention, ransomware protection, anti-phishing and anti-fraud mechanisms, game and movie modes, password manager, Bitdefender VPN (200 MB/Day), and file shredder.
Norton AntiVirus Plus
As far as protection, Norton AntiVirus Plus is as good if not better then any other antivirus offerings for viruses and malware. On the downside it uses significantly more system resources than any other option on our list which could cause older computers to be bogged down.
Other features include a smart firewall, password manager, and 2 GB of secure cloud backup for your important files.
Avira Antivirus Pro
Besides antivirus protection, Avira Antivirus Pro inludes anti-phishing and anti-ransomware capabilities.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus
McAfee Antivirus Plus does not offer many extra features, but does provide safe web browsing with clear warnings of risky websites, links and files.