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Best Antivirus Protection Featured in This Roundup:


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Best Antivirus Protection Featured in This Roundup:

  • Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

    Pros: Outstanding scores in independent lab tests and our web protection tests. Multi-layered ransomware protection. Password manager. Banking protection. Offers a virtual private network, or VPN. Many security-centered bonus features.

    Cons: Unlimited VPN access requires separate subscription. With antivirus disabled, ransomware-specific features missed one uncommon sample.

    Bottom Line: With outstanding antivirus test results and a collection of features that puts some security suites to shame, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is a top choice.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Pros: Perfect scores from four independent testing labs. Perfect score in our phishing protection test. Good scores in our malware-blocking and malicious URL blocking tests. Numerous bonus scans. Full-scale phone and live chat support.

    Cons: Bonus scans overlap each other significantly.

    Bottom Line: Kaspersky Anti-Virus sweeps the antivirus testing labs, with all perfect scores. It remains an antivirus Editors' Choice.

  • Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

    MSRP: $39.99

    $18.99 at Webroot 

    Pros: Perfect score in our malware protection test. Very good antiphishing score. Ransomware protection. Light on system resources. Fast scan, tiny size. Advanced features.

    Cons: Limited lab test results due to unusual detection techniques. Missed one unique hand-modified ransomware sample in testing.

    Bottom Line: Tiny, speedy Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus keeps a light touch on your system's resources. It aces our hands-on malware protection test, and can even roll back ransomware activity.

  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus

    MSRP: $59.99

    $19.99 at McAfee 

    Pros: Protection for every Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS device in your household. Good scores in hands-on tests. Perfect score in antiphishing test. Includes new ransomware protection and PC Boost, plus many bonus features.

    Cons: Ransom Guard missed one hand-modified ransomware sample. PC Boost web speedup works only in Chrome. Mac edition less feature-rich than Windows or Android. Still fewer features for iOS.

    Bottom Line: A single subscription for McAfee AntiVirus Plus lets you protect every Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS device in your household. It's quite a deal, and the current edition adds some new and useful features.

  • Check Point ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall 2017

    Pros: Advanced firewall. Antivirus licensed from Kaspersky. Unique and effective phishing protection. Includes useful bonus tools.

    Cons: Sparse results from independent labs. Advanced features too advanced for average user. At max sensitivity, OSFirewall flagged both good and bad programs. Phishing protection only in Chrome.

    Bottom Line: With the powerful ZoneAlarm firewall, antivirus licensed from Kaspersky, and a unique new approach to phishing protection, Check Point ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall 2017 is worth a look.

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus

    Pros: Very good scores from independent testing labs. Good scores in our hands-on tests. HIPS component blocks exploits. UEFI scanner finds malware in firmware. Comprehensive device control.

    Cons: So-so phishing protection score. Device control too complex for most users.

    Bottom Line: ESET NOD32 Antivirus gets good scores in lab tests and our own tests, and its collection of security components goes far beyond antivirus basics.

  • Sophos Home Premium

    MSRP: $50.00

    $35.00 at Sophos 

    Pros: Excellent antiphishing score. Very good malicious URL blocking score. Protects against ransomware, keyloggers, and exploits. Remote management for up to 10 PCs or Macs. Inexpensive.

    Cons: Lab test results not current. Advanced features require uncommon tech expertise. Limited parental control and webcam protection.

    Bottom Line: The new Sophos Home Premium security suite brings consumers powerful protection technology forged in the company's Enterprise-level products, including ransomware protection, keylogger blocking, exploit mitigation, and more.

  • Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic

    MSRP: $49.99

    $19.99 at Symantec 

    Pros: Excellent scores in our malware and exploit protection tests, and our malicious URL blocking test. Good scores from independent antivirus labs. Includes spam filter, password manager, and other bonus features.

    Cons: Poor antiphishing score. First full scan unusually slow. Limited tech support. No Virus Protection Promise. Expensive.

    Bottom Line: Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic gets good scores from the independent labs and very good scores in most of our hands-on tests. However, it tanked our antiphishing test this time around, it's expensive, and it lacks full tech support.

  • The Kure

    MSRP: $19.99

    Pros: On reboot, restores your PC to a clean, malware-free state. Exempts personal folders from being wiped. Ransomware recovery proved effective in testing. Live-chat tech support built in.

    Cons: Malware can act freely until eliminated by reboot. Doesn't offer 24-hour tech support.

    Bottom Line: When your PC has The Kure installed, you can wipe out malware just by rebooting. Your own documents aren't affected, and it even has the ability to reverse the effects of encrypting ransomware.

  • Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security

    Pros: Excellent scores in our antiphishing and malicious URL blocking tests. Many good scores from antivirus labs. Multi-layered ransomware protection. New Pay Guard protects online transactions. Many bonus features.

    Cons: Poor score in our hands-on malware protection test. Slow full scan. Ransomware protection uneven. Banking protection doesn't kick in automatically. Spam filter works only with Outlook. No multi-device licensing.

    Bottom Line: In addition to effective malware protection, Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security offers layered protection against ransomware, a firewall booster, protection for online banking, and more.

  • VoodooSoft VoodooShield

    Pros: Prevents non-whitelisted programs from launching when computer is at risk. New machine-learning tool flags malware. Checks blocked files against 57 antivirus scanners. Free edition for consumers.

    Cons: Could possibly whitelist malware running prior to installation. Flagged some legitimate programs as suspicious, some as malicious.

    Bottom Line: VoodooShield takes a whitelist approach to antivirus protection, but without getting in the user's way. A new machine-learning component brings it closer to the abilities of a standalone antivirus.

  • Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2016

    Pros: Excellent score in our hands-on malware blocking test. Very good score in our malicious URL test. Bonus tools.

    Cons: No ratings from independent testing labs. No in-house security research. By default, does not delete found malware. Poor antiphishing score.

    Bottom Line: The technology that Ashampoo Anti-Virus licenses from other companies does very well in most of our tests, but you're probably better off just going straight to those other vendors.

  • Cylance Smart Antivirus

    Pros: Easy installation, no configuration. Good scores in our tests.

    Cons: Not included in regular independent lab tests. No protection against fraudulent or malicious URLs. Lacks additional protection layers found in many competitors.

    Bottom Line: Commissioned lab tests and our own tests show that the machine-learning detection engine in Cylance Smart Antivirus really can identify malware, but it lacks the full range of protection features found in many competitors.

  • Emsisoft Anti-Malware

    MSRP: $29.95

    $29.95 at Emsisoft 

    Pros: Very good independent lab scores. Excellent score in our malware protection test. Behavioral detection successfully blocked ransomware. Surfing protection is browser-independent. Inexpensive.

    Cons: Dismal score in our phishing protection test. Few scores from independent labs. Behavioral detection failed against ransomware launched at startup.

    Bottom Line: Emsisoft Anti-Malware effectively handles the basic tasks of malware protection, including ransomware. Its few lab test results are good, as are its scores on our in-house malware protection tests, though it tanked on our antiphishing test.

  • F-Secure Anti-Virus

    MSRP: $39.99

    $39.99 at F-Secure 

    Pros: Good score in our hands-on malware-blocking test. Speedy full scan. Behavior-based DeepGuard detects brand-new malware. Advanced network protection. Streamlined, simple interface.

    Cons: Failed to block disk-encrypting ransomware and ransomware launched at startup. No antiphishing URL blocking. Lab test scores good, not great.

    Bottom Line: F-Secure Anti-Virus's fast full scan and DeepGuard behavior-based detection system make it a powerful malware fighter, but it failed some of our ransomware protection tests.

  • G Data Antivirus

    MSRP: $39.95

    Pros: Excellent score in our hands-on malware protection test. Protects against banking Trojans, keyloggers, ransomware, and exploits. Includes spam filter.

    Cons: So-so scores in our malicious URL blocking and phishing protection tests. Very slow full scan.

    Bottom Line: G Data Antivirus gets decent marks from the independent testing labs, and it includes components designed to fight ransomware and other specific malware types. However, it gets mixed scores in our hands-on tests.

  • Malwarebytes Premium

    Pros: Includes exploit protection, ransomware protection, behavior-based detection. Can work in conjunction with traditional antivirus. Works well with Windows Defender.

    Cons: Advanced protection systems are difficult to test. Scores poorly in tests designed for traditional antivirus.

    Bottom Line: Malwarebytes Premium has so many advanced protection layers that the company deems it an antivirus replacement. However, we still advise using it in conjunction with a dedicated antivirus utility.

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