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How Do I Choose the Best Antivirus

January 10, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

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There are many security software programs on the market today providing various levels of antivirus protection. They usually contain additional tools and components as well, such as antispyware, file protection, a real-time shield, etc. It can be difficult to choose the best application for your needs as each one has its own strengths and price points, although free versions are also available. Listed below are some of the popular antivirus software available on the market, showing their pros and cons to help you choose the best antivirus security software for your needs.

Antivirus solutions:

  1. Spyware Terminator 2012


    Pros:  

    -          Integrated spyware and malware protection

    -          Many powerful system tools

    -          Daily updates

    -          Free specialized support for different components

    -          Scheduled scans

    -          License for three computers

    Cons:

    -          Antivirus is an additional purchased component

    -          Doesn’t support Windows® 98, Windows ME®, Windows® 2000 and Windows XP®                64-bit, Mac OS® and Linux®

    -          The scanning option is not detailed

  2. AVG® Antivirus 2012

     Pros:  

    -          Recovery CD

    -          Fast scan

    -          Daily updates

    -          Online shield – social network protection

    -          Game mode

    Cons:

    -          Phishing and exploit protection not very effective

    -          Support is offered only by live chat and email

    -          Missing online shopping and banking protection

    -          Doesn’t support Mac OS9® and Linux®

  3. BitDefender® Antivirus Plus 2012

    Pros:  

    -          Facebook® protection

    -          Guard your instant messaging conversations

    -          Free email, chat, phone, and forum support

    -          Online shield – social network protection

    -          AutoPilot mode offers silent security

    Cons:

    -          Only disables rootkits instead of removing them

    -          Site-reputation search advice is missing for many links

    -          Very large installation

  4. Norton®  Antivirus 2012

     Pros:  

    -          Powerful antivirus protection and malware cleanup

    -          Firewall Protection

    -          New startup manager

     Cons:

    -          SONAR detection may erroneously block very obscure and rarely used utilities

    -          Slows down computer and Internet connection

    -          No free version available

  5. McAfee®  Antivirus Plus 2012

    Pros:  

    -          Handles malware that interferes with installation

    -          SiteAdvisor® marks up search results

    -          Firewall protection

    -          Bonus tools

     Cons:

    -          Poor clean up of malware, especially rootkits

    -          SiteAdvisor® is less effective against phishing sites

    -          Doesn’t support versions older than Windows XP®

  6. Kaspersky® Antivirus 2012

     Pros:  

    -          Constantly scans web pages you visit and disables links that lead to malicious websites

    -          Free email, phone and chat support from the Kaspersky® tech team

    -          Powerful and intelligent firewall

    -          Parental control is impressive

    Cons:

    -          High resource consummation

    -          Anti-phishing can't beat Internet Explorer®

    -          Safe Run for file is missing in 64 bit machines

    -          Gaming mode is not user friendly

  7. VIPRE® Antivirus 2012

    Pros:  

    -          Doesn't limit the number of users

    -          Excellent anti-spam accuracy

    -          Effective at blocking malware

    -          Low resource consummation

     Cons:

    -          Poor at rootkit removal

    -          Anti-phishing is not accurate

    -          Firewall's powerful features are disabled by default; when enabled, they cause confusing            popups

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