We have reviewed, tested and currently use each antivirus that you see on this website, and have narrowed down the selection for best antivirus software.
It isn’t enough to just test – we also research and pay close attention to what end users are saying in the tech forums.
Just a few years ago many of the antivirus pc software packages were very bloated with code, often times bringing a perfectly fine PC to its knees.
Now antivirus software is being written with a very small system footprint, they are updating their threats database in real time, and many are finally providing a way to eliminate bad malware – even if it disables the PC.
The results on this page summarize what we have found to be the top performing antivirus software products. Detailed pricing and deals from the manufacturers can be found on each product’s review page.
5 Star Antivirus Software
5 Star Antivirus Software
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015
Pros:Bitdefender has won just about every lab and field test for the past two years. User interface is a joy for beginners. It truly excels at destroying malware.
Cons: We had a little trouble installing this product on a heavily virus-infested PC.
Bottom Line: Bitdefender is a world class antivirus that does an outstanding job of identifying threats, and neutralizing them. The software detects malware-infested sites and old-fashioned scam sites. Bitdefender Antivirus will completely protect your PC from all known malware.
Pros:Trend Micro Antivirus is exceptional in detecting new viruses, and immediately updates all users. It includes a nifty password manager for online accounts.
Cons: They only let you use the software on one active PC at a time.
Bottom Line: Trend Micro Antivirus delivers top rated virus protection with an unnoticeable impact on system resources. Perhaps the most powerful feature of this software is that it provides lightning fast updates of brand new threats – faster than all other competitors.
Pros:Kaspersky Antivirus 2015 has top-of-class virus and malware protection, and treads incredibly unnoticed on system resources. Powerful and effective.
Cons: We had a few minor hiccups installing on one malware-infested PC.
Bottom Line: Kaspersky Antivirus seems to emerge each year as one of the top two virus software products in the market. The software has world class virus and malware detection. If you want the best antivirus protection, this is a great place to start.
Pros:Avast Antivirus is powerful, and runs with a light footprint. It excels in finding viruses, blocking them, and securing home networks using WiFi for other devices.
Cons: We wish they would allow you to use the software on more than one PC.
Bottom Line: Avast Antivirus operates silently in the background with top level protection. It strongly secures home WiFi for other devices. We applaud the product for providing “safe zones” that allow you to open new software without any risk of infecting your PC.
Pros:Webroot Antivirus is a very strong antivirus that is a joy to use because of a simple user interface. This is software you can set and forget. Works invisibly in background.
Cons: You are only able to protect 1 PC. Some of the competitors cover 3 PC’s.
Bottom Line: Webroot Antivirus provides top drawer protection while maintaining a very slim system footprint. Very strong in fighting viruses, malware and phishing attacks. We rate the product highly for making the user interface so simple to use.
Pros:McAfee Antivirus Plus is a powerful antivirus that runs with a light footprint. When surfing the net, it clearly identifies sites in search results that contain malware.
Cons: They don’t let you make a rescue CD like some of the other top antivirus software.
Bottom Line: McAfee Antivirus Plus 2015 delivers reliable protection while operating silently in the background. We give the product high marks for providing outstanding protection while surfing – which is where most viruses and malware are contracted.
Pros:Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro is at the top of its class in hunting down malware and destroying it. Scans very quickly and with a light footprint.
Cons: This software could use more utilities to protect you while you surf the internet and social media.
Bottom Line: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro is a powerful antivirus and anti-malware that is routinely used by networking professionals to disinfect infested PC’s. Malwarebytes is considered the ‘go-to’ software with PC’s overrun with viruses.
Pros:Eset Nod32 Antivirus has powerful virus protection, updated in real time to protect from emerging threats, and protects against unauthorized copying of files.
Cons: The software performed a little weak on rootkits which is a more complex form of malware.
Bottom Line: Eset Nod32 Antivirus excels at keeping up with new malware threats and more complex viruses that use multiple layers of encryption to conceal their identities. We especially like the fast scans and how lightly the software uses system resources.
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