Let me go over the best-known antivirus software products on the market and we’ll work from there. There are a lot of security software products on the market, so my apologies to the antivirus software products on the market that I’m not familiar with.
Best Eight Antivirus Software Products
As it is, here’s the top eight antivirus software products you can buy. While a few of these anti-virus packages may slow down your computer or even crash it, keep in mind that each one of these software products does the job of protecting your computers from computer viruses, spyware and malware.
- Bit Defender Antivirus 2012 – “BitDefender Antivirus 2012” consistently gets high marks for its performance. Bit Defender is cheap (around $25), easy-to-use and outperforms its competition. There’s really not a whole lot more you can ask. On the downside, when BitDefender Antivirus 2012 scans for viruses, the scan runs slow. But BitDefender is easy to use, effective against viruses, has great help and support and is easy to install. One disadvantage is that this software doesn’t cover Windows 2000 or Mac OS X, but then again, how many Mac users do you know that bother with virus protection?
- Webroot Antivirus – Webroot Antivirus 2012 is expensive at $40, but Webroot Antivirus protection offers most of the protections you’re ever going to need. Webroot Antivirus comes in at #3 because it lacks a couple of the features you might want, such as script blocking and virus protection for Windows XP 64-bit PCs and Windows 2000. Once again, Mac OS X isn’t protected with Webroot Antivirus, but then none of the major antivirus protection products do that. With Apple computers, virus protections simply are not a factor.
- G Data Antivirus – G Data is another of those you might not have heard about, but it’s getting big reviews. G-Data Antivirus gets points off for their support staff, but the software itself is top rate. At $30, GData is cheaper than Kaspersky Antivirus and Webroot Antivirus. You’ll miss out on live chat functions, a user forum and tutorials, but those are relatively small quibbles, because most people would never use those, anyway. If you do, you might want to avoid G-Data Antivirus. Otherwise, you might save $10 and grab this antivirus protection instead.
- ESET Nod32 – “ESET Nod32 is another security software product you haven’t heard about, but this software from “Eset” is another top performer in the market. ESET Nod32 is fast, it’s thorough and it doesn’t take up much space on your computer. Advanced computer users will be able to reconfigure the software to their users, but novice owners will have trouble doing so. While ESET Nod32 gets points off for being a little harder-to-use for certain computer users, the default setting is perfectly good for most people and it is easy to install. On the positive side, “ESET NOD32” is actually compatible with systems all they way back to Windows 98 and even Windows 95. If you still use DOS, it’s compatible with ESET NOD32.
- Trend Micro Antivirus with Antispyware 2012 – “Trend Micro Antivirus with Antispyware 2012” costs $11 and is focuses mainly on spyware and virus sweeps. Trend Mico AntiVirus is thorough in its sweep, but it gets points off because it slows down your computer. The customer support for Trend Micro Antivirus is top of the industry. Really, the biggest drawback is the slow down times. I have Trend Micro AntiVirus (installed at the Best Buy, if I remember correctly) on one of my laptops and I can assure you it’s a big drawback that your internet browser stops responding for (literally) a minute or two before updates happen, and always without warning. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought my browser was crashing before I realized what was happening and said to myself, “Oh! Trend Micro,” in simultaneous relief and frustration.
- McAfee VirusScan 2012 – McAFee is cheap at $10 per year and it does most of what you want in virus protection. If you do a lot of instant messaging or share a lot of P2P files, though, McAfee Antivirus 2012 is not the product for you. Upgrade to the McAfee Antivirus 2012 Gold version and you’ll get what you’re looking for, though.
- Norton AntiVirus 2012 – Norton AntiVirus 2012 is about as famous as any computer protection software on the market today, and Norton Antivirus offers about as complete an anti-virus protection and antispyware assortment as any product on the market. Unfortunately, Norton Antivirus 2012 is a little too intrusive in the software functions of your computer. You’ll have to deal with your computer freezing occasionally when you use Norton Antivirus 2012, which is incredibly frustrating. Otherwise, Norton Antivirus 2012 is going to protect your computer thoroughly. Norton Antivirus retails beginning at $40.