Antivirus Software Reviews

Computers have impacted nearly every aspect of our lives for students, from helping them learn and monitor patients in hospitals, and controlling critical manufacturing processes. This increased dependence on computer devices has also led to a rise in cyberthreats, including malware, viruses and ransomware. Antivirus software can detect these threats to keep the computer from being damaged or stealing personal information.

When selecting an antivirus software take into consideration its virus scanning capabilities as well as whether it has an integrated firewall and how it does in independent laboratory tests. You might also want look at its customer support, how often it updates, and the number of devices it will protect. Certain programs, such as Norton, have additional features that help safeguard your privacy online and stop identity theft.

Top programs offer multiple protection options. These include heuristic detection which identifies behaviors that are typical of viruses or malware, and signature matching which compares files to a list of known malicious code. Certain programs also employ sandboxing to block the suspicious files and puts them in a closed virtual environment where they can’t do any harm.

A lot of the top antivirus applications are free, though they may not come with as many extra features as paid-for alternatives. For instance, Bitdefender’s complimentary version performed very well in our tests and has a firewall, while its premium version includes parental controls as well as a file shredder, and a password manager. Malwarebytes, whose free version scored top marks in AV Test for 2023, failed our usability test. Intego Mac Internet Security X9 has a solid combination of tools (VirusBarrier and NetBarrier) which snuffed out the most malware-related threats in our test.