It is not easy to pick the most reliable antivirus software. Considerations include the number of devices you would like to protect, what features are the most important and if the software will eat up too many system resources. It’s also vital to avoid false positives – tools that fail to identify and block safe software. The good news is that there are plenty of trusted programs available and some are cheaper than others.
Our antivirus comparison chart provides an overview of the market by showing the aggregated protection, performance, and False positives scores from different independent laboratory tests. You can filter results in order to find specific AV tools based on their name or browse through options by a range of criteria. These include the cost, the number of devices protected and annual subscription price if applicable.
Some of the most well-known names in the AV industry are Avast, AVG, ESET and Trend Micro. Avast has a popular free AV program, while AVG provides a subscription-based service with many extra features. ESET provides a range of tools that offer a variety of features, including network protections that are usually included in more expensive antivirus tools. However the company’s recent controversy regarding data sharing and marketing is causing some users to be concerned.
The Trend Micro brand is a well-known brand that is known for its superior Mac malware detection. The company’s anti-virus software is relatively inexpensive, and its Internet Security Maximum Security adds an account manager for passwords and a secure vault for files.