The Best Antivirus Software
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  Kaspersky Antivirus Panda Antivirus Pro Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ ESET NOD32 Antivirus Norton Antivirus
 
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US$59.95

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Generally speaking, Antivirus software provides the entry-level for security software, with basic protection against viruses, spyware and trojans - although some vendors are now expanding their offering to include some of the features that would usually be found in their higher-level internet security products, such as anti-phishing, site reputation and web threat protection and more advanced rootkit protection.

Standard industry pricing is $39.95 for antivirus software that will protect a single PC for 12 months - although discounts and special offers can make the prices much cheaper.  Mega-Review has been able to source Norton Antivirus for as little as $13.91, for example.

  • #1 Kaspersky Antivirus

    One of the strongest names globally in Antivirus protection, Kaspersky's Antivirus offering is almost universally well regarded for its light and effective virus and malware protection.

  • #2 Panda Antivirus Pro

    Goes beyond the standard AV offering with many extra features, such as a rescue CD and full firewall protection.

  • #3 Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+

    Trend Micro has made a name for itself with its full internet security suites, however its stand-alone AV products have never been quite as well regarded.  When Trend updated their PC-cillin product family to the new Titanium range, they introduced the "cloud" protection from their full internet security suite to their AV product.

  • #4 ESET NOD32 Antivirus

    Simple user interface, light on system resources, very fast scanning and good malware cleanup.  Weak against rootkits, however, and mixed reviews of its malware blocking capabilities.

  • #5 Norton Antivirus

    Once the gold standard in Antivirus protection, Norton has been placing greater emphasis on its higher-end security suites of late, allowing the performance of its former flagship product to lag a little behind newer competitors.  It still has its fans, however, and is the perennial winner of PC Mag's editor's choice award.

  • #6 BitDefender Antivirus Plus

    Excellent fundamentals when it comes to detecting and cleaning known malware and loaded with extra features, including Facebook protection and remote management.  Does tend to struggle with newer malware, and it's website reputation database is far from comprehensive at this stage.

  • #7 AVG Antivirus

    High RAM and CPU usage.  High rate of false positives in on-demand detection tests.

  • #8 McAfee Antivirus

    Successfully handles malware that interferes with installation, which is an annoying shortcoming of many other products. Solid detection rates, but poor cleanup of malware once found. SiteAdvisor does a good job of warning against infected websites, but is generally less successful at identifying phishing sites.

  • #9 Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

    Extremely fast scanning ... on clean systems.  Much slower on infected systems. Poor performance in on-demand detection tests.

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We have not yet collected sufficient reviews to form an accurate and unbiased ranking of G Data Antivirus, F-Secure Antivirus, Bullguard Antivirus, PC Tools Antivirus, Checkpoint Zonealarm Antivirus and CA Total Defense Antivirus