Antivirus Software Reviews

Computers have transformed almost every aspect of our lives, from helping students learn, monitoring patients in hospitals and controlling critical manufacturing processes. Cyberthreats, such as ransomware viruses and malware have also increased due to the increased reliance on computers. Antivirus software detects these threats to stop them from causing harm to your computer or stealing your personal information.

When choosing an antivirus program it is important to look at the ability to scan for viruses and whether it comes with a firewall and how well it does in independent lab tests. You should also take into consideration its customer support as well as the frequency with which it updates and the number of devices it can secure. Some programs, such as Norton, include additional features that will help you avoid identity theft and protect your privacy online.

The best programs offer several options for protecting your data such as heuristic detection which looks for behavior patterns typical of malware or viruses, and signature matching, which compares the files against a database of known malicious software. Certain programs employ sandboxing to isolate suspicious files in an environment that is secured and in a safe place where they are not able to do any harm.

A lot of the top antivirus software is available for free, although they may not come with as many extra features as paid options. Bitdefender’s premium edition comes with parental controls, file shredder, and password manager, but its free version scored highly and comes with firewall. Malwarebytes, whose free version was a top performer in our AV Test for 2023, failed our usability test. Intego Mac Internet Security X9 provides a robust combination of tools (VirusBarrier and NetBarrier) that killed and slowed the most malware-related threats in our test.

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