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Best Antivirus Software and Apps 2016
Many Windows users believe they don’t need to pay for antivirus software, and most Mac and Android users think they don’t need protection at all. It’s true that Windows’ much higher profile makes it the biggest target, but OS X and Android are just as vulnerable to malware.
It’s worth paying for Windows antivirus software, because even the best free software leaves out features we consider essential. (Many antivirus products are sold online for much less than their list prices.) Mac and Android users have other options; our favorite Mac AV product costs nothing, and most Android security apps have free versions.
Best for Android
How We Tested
Our evaluations were based on a number of different criteria: interface, performance, protection and extra features. Was the product’s interface intuitive and user-friendly, or did it make it too hard to find important tools? How much did scans slow down the computer’s performance? How good was the program at detecting and removing malware? Does the program have any additional tools, and are they useful?
All of our tests were performed on the same Asus X555LA laptop running 64-bit Windows 8.1, with an Intel Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive containing 36GB of files. To assess a program’s impact on system speed, we used our custom OpenOffice benchmark test, which matches 20,000 names and addresses on a spreadsheet. The longer it took the laptop to finish the test, the heavier the performance impact.
For malware-detection scores, we turned to two independent testing labs, AV-TEST of Germany and AV-Comparatives of Austria. Each lab regularly subjects the major antivirus brands’ flagship products to stress tests involving hundreds of previously unseen pieces of malware, with AV-TEST adding 20,000 instances of known malware. We used AV-TEST’s results from the second half of 2015 and AV-Comparatives’ evaluations from September and October 2015.
Windows Antivirus Software Types
Most antivirus makers have three tiers of Windows products, with each price bump adding extra features, such as child protection or cloud backups. But since each company uses a single malware-detection engine for all its Windows antivirus software, the cheapest item in any product line usually finds malware just as thoroughly as the priciest.
Not all users will need premium suites, or even midrange products. If you don’t have kids, or if you already have cloud storage, the basic product may be enough.
Basic or Entry-Level Windows Antivirus
The least-expensive paid Windows antivirus products, which generally list from $40 to $60 per year depending on the number of PCs covered, have the essentials. Definition updates and scans are automatic; websites and email attachments are screened, and the products should be easy to use. Some basic AV programs toss in extra features, such as file shredders or system optimizers, that are normally found in pricier products.
Free Windows antivirus products can’t match paid protection, but Avira Free Antivirus comes close. It detects malware as well as most paid products, and has child protection and a scan scheduler. (It doesn’t scan email attachments or Web links.) Best of all, Avira doesn’t constantly nag you to upgrade to its paid version.
Despite what Apple’s marketing has historically implied, Macs do get infected, and the amount of Mac malware has risen with Apple’s share of the personal computer market. But there’s less money in the Mac antivirus market, and the products are less standardized. Some Mac antivirus products are free, and some are paid: Of the products we evaluated, two of the top three were free. With that kind of recommendation, there’s no reason for you not to run antivirus software on your Mac.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Best Mac Antivirus
Of the six Mac antivirus products we reviewed, only the paid Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac offered perfect malware detection. Bitdefender makes it easy to start on-demand scans by placing the Scan front and center in its modern, streamlined interface. It also topped the competition in system performance, creating no noticeable impact during passive use and recording low scores during active scans.
Android Antivirus Apps
Every Android device, whether smartphone, tablet or TV stick, should have antivirus software. Usually, that software comes with an all-encompassing security app that also includes anti-theft and remote-locating features.
The free versions of the Android security apps we reviewed are pretty solid. The paid versions, which cost between $15 and $30 per year, range from being just a bit better to becoming practically separate products, with a wide range of capabilities. For example, Avast Mobile Security offers geofencing and, for rooted phones, a firewall. You’ll have to decide what you need and select accordingly.
Sandboxie was an excellent addition to your internet security but it seems to crash my PC now, have not found a good alternative yet.
I also use Malwarebytes anti exploit (protection against zero day attacks) and Zemana anti logger to minimise effectiveness of key loggers in case they get through the defence. All of these programs are free.
I would not pay for AV and find there is no need to pay as long as you have a good backup strategy in place just incase you get something nasty on your PC. Another couple of things that will reduce your chance of infection are:
1. Install adblock plus on your browser.
3. Uninstall Java from your computer, this is known to be the biggest vulnerability that hackers use.
4. Uninstall adobe reader and flashplayer as they also contain vulnerabilities that hackers use.
5. Make sure your windows and all other programs are upto date with patches and that you are running the latest version.
I still use Norton Internet Security and it works like a charm
I will suggest you to go with norton security. this is the best security to use.
We uses AVIRA from all our software house outlets its very very good, our employee’s are also satisfied. Thumb(s) Up.
Kaspersky Total Security provides best protection for your Computer. It’s good, but the competition is better and cheaper.
The only problem I found with Avira is that is made Time Machine an my iMac terribly slow.After removing Avira the backup speed was back to normal again. I hope Avira will tackle this problem soon.
I am using Avira Free version. It apparently is regarded as the best, free or paid. HOWEVER, it is almost impossible to set up unless you are an MIT PhD in IT. And maybe not even then. The “scan” takes almost 3 days and slows and almost stops you from working on your PC. There is apparently no choice of scan option although it hints to a “quick” scan but good luck in finding how to set it up for running on a schedule. I allow the scan to run for a day then stop it so I can have the use of my computer back. There is no support for the free version and attempting to use the “forum” or “community” help it very close to useless. I had purchased the paid version a year ago, found it even more complicated than the free version and as a result cancelled it. Now how’s this for being ironic: I had Microsoft Windows Defender (free, along with Malwarebytes free) for over a year and experienced NO problems whatsoever. And it was so very easy to use. Go figure. If you go to Avira be ready to deal with the frustrations and aggravation.
PS: The upshot is I Googled “Top Rated Antivirus Programs” and found this article expounding on Avira. What’s a body to do? I think that I will keep my Malwarebytes and go back to Windows Defender as Avira is just so difficult.
I am using Comodo Free Antivirus for my Windows PC. It’s provides complete virus protection working perfectly. But here this product is missing. why?