Best Antivirus 2020: The Best Virus Protection Software
As malicious software and attempts to find your personal information have grown more sophisticated, so have the software suites designed to protect you. Today’s antivirus software protects against more threats than ever. In fact, calling it “antivirus” is reductive, since the best antivirus software is antimalware, anti-phising, and more.The days of security software bogging down your PC are long gone, and the best PC security software can be adjusted to alert you only when there’s an actual problem, or in many cases, you can turn off alerts all together. That’s not advised, but you’d be hard pressed to find a decent piece of antivirus software that doesn’t let you control the flow of information.
Better, smarter, faster, and less resource intensive, we’ve put together a list of the best antivirus software available. For detailed descriptions of each suite, read below, but for a quick rundown I’ve handpicked the best antivirus solutions you can find right now.
TL;DR – These are the Best Antivirus programs:
1. Webroot SecureAnywhere
Webroot is our favorite for one simple reason – it performed the fastest scans out of all of the programs we tested by a huge margin, and since it’s cloud based it never needs to update itself. Also, once installed it gobbled up just… 1MB of space. That’s not a typo. Its footprint is so small and its level of interaction is so hands-off we barely even knew we were running it.
Naturally, that’s all fine and dandy as long as it can actually protect you, and fortunately it’s also quite effective. It scored a perfect 10/10 in malware testing, and was also one of the best programs tested for anti-phishing and ransomware too. It also comes with a free browser plug-in to help prevent you from visiting malicious sites, and has plenty of advanced controls too. Just about the only downside is its cloud-based nature means it only works when you’re online. But if you aren’t online, you hardly need virus protection to begin with.
All in all we think it’s the best because it’s a nag-free program that’s fast, light, and effective. What more could you ask of your security software?
Another Great Security Suite
From ourKasperksy review: “Kaspersky does a lot of things well and a few things very well. Its interface is a bit too sterile for my tastes, but that didn’t detract from its ease of use and superb overall performance. I also I liked having the on-screen keyboard as an option too. It’s pricier than many of its contemporaries, but you get a license for 3 devices, so it’s a great value given its top-notch protection.”
More Great Antivirus Software
Bitdefender is a great option because it runs on auto-pilot most of the time, is extremely unobtrusive, and offers great protection at a pretty competitive price. Unlike most programs that only cover one device for the base subscription, Bitdefender lets you install it on up to five devices, including iOS, Android, and Mac too. Plus it’s got a bunch of useful extras like phishing protection, a file shredder, password manager, ransomware protection, and parental controls too.
4. Sophos Home Premium
Best Antivirus for Multiple Devices
Sophos Home Premium
Sophos Home Premium has a lot to love. For $50, it protects up to 10 devices from almost every conceivable attempt to compromise them. Email alerts let you know when something is awry, and parental controls add a layer of protection as hard core or as lenient as you want for kids’ online safety. A clean, easy to navigate interface and overall nonintrusiveness, in spite of its wide range of protections, make Sophos Home Premium a winner.
5. Trend Micro Internet Security
Another Great PC Security Suite
Trend Micro Internet Security
On Trend Micro
From ourTrend Micro Internet Security review: “Trend Micro Internet Security is an effective, easy to use software suite that can keep your whole house protected from online threats. It’s great at protecting against phishing and malware, and has built-in ransomware protection and parental controls too. Its social networking safety features are also welcome, even if you don’t follow its advice.”
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