With so much of today’s world being handled over the web, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are falling victim to malware infection, and other online dangers as they go through their daily browsing. Even with apple devices, once thought to be more resilient against malicious attack than their PC counterparts, cybersecurity and good malware protection is becoming more and more important. It simply isn’t an option any more to leave our devices unprotected.
Luckily, there are more antivirus protection services on the market nowadays than ever before. New services with novel ways of protecting us and our data are popping up with hasty abandon, offering the best in cutting-edge security features designed to protect our computers and our lives from malware and hackers. Of course, sometimes it can be difficult, with all of the attractive options on the market, to decide which antivirus protection solutions are the best for us.
Bitdefender offers a wide range of plans that cover a variety of different cybersecurity requirements. Their plans range from $14.99 for a single-device mobile security account, to $249.99 for an unlimited number of internet-connected devices. Their flagship plan is the Antivirus Plus 2019 plan, for $59.99. This plan allows up to 3 devices on either Mac or PC platforms.
- Performs well in malware protection tests, across a variety of different reports from
- reputable cybersecurity testing labs
- Has a wide variety of plans designed for a number of different scales
- Mobile security solutions are a separate download and somewhat limited
Symantec is the company that manages the Norton cybersecurity brand. They are one of the most well-known antivirus services on the market, and they provide a wide range of security solutions for a diverse set of needs.
Symantec’s security solutions start at $2.50 per month ($28.00 per year) for their Endpoint Protection with a single device. This goes up to $4.50 per month ($49.00 per year) for protecting multiple devices.
- Cheap and effective security solutions
- Big-name resources and reputable security
- Some services provide more effective malware or ransomware protection
This is another big name in in the world of cybersecurity solutions. Going with big companies that have a good reputation for protecting their customers is a good way to ensure the best antivirus protection. Kaspersky is one of the main competitors of Symantec, and the effectiveness of their various antivirus solutions is well-known to perform better than a lot of the competition.
Kaspersky’s antivirus protection services cost $39.95 per year for a single device, $69.95 per year for three devices, and $129.95 per year for five devices.
- On-screen keyboard for protecting credentials from keyloggers
- Warnings have been issued about Kaspersky spying using its software
Another big name in the antivirus industry, McAfee provides a wide range of antivirus services to protect against malicious sites, rootkits, Trojans, viruses, and more. This one also gives you in-browser reports on the security of different websites, and the different threats it is able to protect you from.
Mcaffee offers protection for a single device starting at $54.99 per year for a single device, $84.99 per year for five devices, and $44.99 per year for ten devices.
- Automatically checks social media for illicit and harmful downloads
- Lots of in-browser information about threat levels
- Some users have reported system slowdowns during virus scans
This is one of the brands of antivirus software managed by the Symantec company. Even though it is managed by the same company, Norton provides a range of different antivirus solutions compared to Symantec. Being one of the biggest names in the industry, Norton performs very well when tested for virus detection and countermeasures.
Norton’s 360 Standard plan starts at $49.99 per year, and includes protection for a single device, with a wide range of other security features, such as a VPN. Their most expensive plan is the Norton 360 Deluxe plan, for $59.99, gives you up to 5 devices, with more features such as parental controls as well.
- Detailed reports on each threat detected or blocked
- Some threats seem to get past the detection system when tested, even when Norton reports that the threat was blocked
Commonly known simply as NOD32, this is an antivirus software package made by Slovakian company ESET. The package is sold in two editions, one for Home and one for Business. The home antivirus software package is very well reviewed by users compared to many other antivirus companies.
ESET NOD32 antivirus starts at $59.99 for one year, $99.99 for two years, and $139.99 for three years. This gives customers protection for a single device. They also have other plans available for multiple devices.
- Doesn’t cause lag during protection or scanning
- Effective antivirus that blocks most threats
- Some security tools, such as a firewall, or spam filters, are only included with certain versions
Webroot is a private American company which provides internet security for consumers and businesses. The company has historically performed well in things like anti-phishing tests. They have also scored well for system impact, comparing favorably to other products in terms of impact on windows systems.
Webroot offers two main products. Home & Home Office plans range from $39.99 to $79.99 per year. Business & Partners plans start at $150 per year for 5 endpoints.
- Excellent option for Mac users
- The safe browsing features included with the service only seem to work on Safari
This option doesn’t perform very well in terms of protecting against live threats but does perform comprehensive and effective scans. This may seem like a strange approach but having a specialized service for detecting existing infections is a valid antivirus strategy. F-secure does provide other services that are capable of protecting against live threats.
F-Secure antivirus starts at €29.99 for 12 months of service. This plan protects a single computer.
- Offers a wide range of specialized security tools, such as a router check
- The antivirus doesn’t actually stop online threats from infecting your system
Trend Micro Antivirus is a good option for users of Microsoft’s Edge browser. The service integrates well into Edge’s browser, which doesn’t allow third-party extensions. This one also performed very well when tested for detection and blocking of illicit links and potential malware sources. Overall, this is a good option for Windows users who like Microsoft’s Edge internet browser.
Trend Micro’s solutions start at $7 per month for their Small and Medium packages, which goes all the way up to $43 per month for their Xlarge packages and up.
- Uses web reputation technology to ensure safe browsing as you use the internet
- Does not include a system vulnerability scan
Panda Dome Essential antivirus software necessitates that users enable browser extensions before it can stop online threats, but it does perform well when tested for identifying and stopping online threats. Panda is capable of effectively scanning for and identifying threats, but kind of lags behind when it comes to actually dealing with the threats. Panda tends to ask permission before quarantining files, rather than doing so automatically.
Panda for one device costs $35.49 per year, or up to $107.49 for three years.
- Panda can actually use your USB port to scan mobile devices, as well
- Fails to neutralize some threats automatically