Antivirus Software Reviews

Computers have transformed almost every aspect of our lives including helping students learn, monitoring patients in hospitals and controlling crucial manufacturing processes. The increased dependence on computer gadgets has also brought an increase in cyberthreats such as viruses, malware and ransomware. Antivirus software is designed to identify these threats and prevent their destruction of your PC or stealing personal information.

When selecting an antivirus program, it is important to take into account its ability to scan for viruses, if it has an internal fire barrier, and how it performs on independent laboratory tests. You might also want to look at its customer support, the frequency it updates itself and the number of devices it is able to protect. Some programs, such as Norton offer additional tools that can help to prevent identity theft and safeguard your privacy online.

The top programs provide a variety of protection options such as heuristic detection which looks for behavior patterns typical of viruses or malware and signature matching, which compares files against a database of known malicious software. Some programs also use Sandboxing, which blocks the suspicious files and puts them in a sealed virtual environment where they cannot do any harm.

Many of the best antivirus programs are available for no cost, but they might not have as many extra features as paid alternatives. For instance, Bitdefender’s Free edition performed well in our tests. It also includes a firewall, whereas its premium version includes parental controls as well as a file shredder. It also has a password manager. In the same way, Malwarebytes’ free version earned top marks in AV-Test for 2023 but fell short in our test of usability. Intego Mac Internet Security X9, however, offers a strong combination of tools (VirusBarrier and NetBarrier) which killed and caught the majority of malware threats in our test.