Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for the annual renewal of your anti-virus software license. Should you renew with the same company? Maybe there is a better product out there just waiting for you to try it out. What are the best anti-virus software products available today?
According to PC Magazine, the top 5 anti-virus companies are: Norton AntiVirus 2012, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012, AVG Anti-Virus 2012, Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, and BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012.
It should be noted that not all of these products are created equal. PC Magazine ranked them based on how they performed in their labs. They also took into consideration how many false positives were produced by each program and how long it took for each product to remove a virus after it was detected. The ratings show that Norton AntiVirus 2012 is hands down the best anti-virus solution available today with a strong 8.4 out of 10 from PCMag.com.
The second place product is Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus 2012 which received a rating of 7.6 from PCMag.com’s editors who praised its speed and effectiveness in
Top 5 Anti-Virus Companies
The top five anti-virus companies are:
1. McAfee – Intel Security
2. Norton – Symantec Corporation
3. Kaspersky Lab
4. AVG Technologies
With all of these anti-virus companies, you can expect a very similar product with very similar features and functionality. They all have the same purpose, to find and destroy spyware, viruses, malware, worms, Trojans and other forms of malicious software that can harm your computer and compromise your system. Some are more effective than others but they all serve the same purpose and some are better at finding particular types of malware than others. Having multiple anti-virus programs installed on the same computer can cause compatibility issues and performance problems so choose one or two and use those for protection.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably used two or three anti-virus software programs in your lifetime. As soon as one subscription ends, you quickly purchase another to ensure your computer is running correctly and virus free because we all know viruses can slow down a computer faster than anything else. With the help of some research, I’m going to share the top 5 companies that I would consider using to hopefully save you time and money.
The first company I found was AVG Technologies. They currently have about 110 million users worldwide. AVG says that their software is effective in protecting against viruses, spyware, worms, trojans and other malware. Their award winning product is available for both Windows and Mac computers. AVG Free was rated
Most computer users assume that they don’t need to worry about security until their computer actually gets infected with a virus. That is not the case. The worst thing that you can do is assume that because you don’t download many programs or visit malicious websites, your computer is completely safe from viruses.
The truth is, viruses are able to hide in unexpected places and can infect your computer without you even knowing it. It’s important to have a good anti-virus software installed on your computer at all times, so let’s take a look at some of the best anti-virus software on the market today.
1. Norton AntiVirus
2. McAfee AntiVirus Plus
3. Kaspersky Anti-Virus
4. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus
5. ESET NOD32 Antivirus
I love computer security, and I especially love free security software. In fact, I use free antivirus software on my Windows machines.
It’s been a few years since I last evaluated the big antivirus suites, so I decided to revisit the topic.
I decided to start by looking at the best-known anti-virus products, but without any other criteria. If you’ve read any of my previous anti-virus tests, you know that I approach this from two different directions.
In one test, I install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), then load up all the latest updates from Microsoft. I install all current product updates for each of the following products: Avast Free Antivirus 2014, AVG AntiVirus Free 2014, Microsoft Security Essentials, Panda Free Antivirus 2014 and Sophos Home Free Edition. Then I infect that system with around 500 different real-world malware samples. That gives me a number reflecting how well each product protects against current malware in real-world use.
Next I test each product on my own clean system using the latest malware samples from MRG-Effitas, a group that specializes in detecting malware designed to evade detection. This test gives me a number showing how well
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5 is the best free anti virus software for Windows™ based PCs. AVG has received high ratings from well respected independent testing labs such as AV Comparatives and Virus Bulletin. AVG is one of the most popular anti virus programs available.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5 offers very good protection against computer viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, adware and spyware. AVG Free Edition 7.5 can be downloaded and installed for free.
The AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5 main user interface is easy to use, it offers a scan scheduler and automatic updates of virus definitions to ensure that your PC is always protected against the latest threats. The software offers real-time protection as well as resident shields for email and web surfing.
The performance of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5 has become much better in version 7.5 compared to previous versions of AVG Free Edition which were rather resource hungry (slow).