Weighing Your Options: A Peek Inside the Top 5 Antivirus Services

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Antivirus software plays a crucial role in the safe functioning of your computer. Without it, you risk exposing your PC to crippling infections from viruses, worms, Trojans, bots and other kinds of malware.

Because antivirus software is in such demand, there are a number of different providers all offering their own packages and services. Here are our top five suggestions for antivirus services that you might like to consider:

1. Kaspersky Antivirus

This product features a high level of anti-spyware alongside advanced antivirus measures. One of the most attractive aspects of the Kaspersky Antivirus is its simplicity; it can be installed straight onto your computer, without the need to change any settings and will continue to detect and remove malware without your input. Disruption to your use of the computer is minimal, with scans automatically postponed while you are using battery power.

Most importantly, Kaspersky Antivirus received top rankings from six independent antivirus testing labs, scoring the highest possible awards for its levels of protection, performance and usability. At $36.54 a year from Amazon, it is competitively priced with offers for reductions if you purchase extra licenses.

2. McAfee

McAfee is one of the most reputable antivirus software providers you can find. This software provides full antivirus protection, email phishing blocks, 2 levels of firewall protection, full parental controls and social media link protection for three PC’s.

McAfee has a reputation for consistently protecting computers with their robust software and multiple features. They excel at preventing ever-surfacing new attacks and possibly have the best usability in the market. McAfee does have a hard time combatting malware once it has infected a computer, but this is a rare occasion considering its wide security net.

3. Norton Security

Although the Norton package costs more than its competitors (around $49.99), it has the advantage of being able to protect up to five devices – be they PCs, Macs, Android smartphones or tablets. All of these devices can be managed from one online account. It has excellent antivirus and malware detection ratings and includes a range of privacy protection features.

The only area where it is outperformed is speed; the Norton software slows the host computer slightly longer than average.

4. AVG Internet Security

AVG​ is a great antivirus software if you need something to run quickly. This package runs multiple scans within a few seconds, and runs smoothly without interrupting your process. AVG also has an added feature that “shreds” files, securely deleting them from your computer and multiple safety tools such as blocking your browsing history and suspicious website warnings.

Phishing threats are more effective at going around AVG’s protections, but this provider optimizes for PC performance and holds solid ratings from several independent labs. If you are looking for an all-around, robust package, AVG will deliver the results you need.

5. ESET NOD 32 Antivirus

As well as protecting your computer from viruses and malware, ESET provides extra security when you are online. It is able to scan incoming and outgoing emails for viruses and malicious software and stops any auto-running media from starting automatically.

ESET is one of the easiest antivirus programs to use, and should be easy to navigate for the least experienced home users – but its ranking for antivirus protection (83%) is slightly lower than some of its competitors’.

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