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Best Antivirus Software (2020) | Secure your devices with free antivirus - proprivacy.com

Best Antivirus Software (2020) | Secure your devices with free antivirus - proprivacy.com


Best Antivirus Software (2020) | Secure your devices with free antivirus - proprivacy.com

Posted: 28 Nov 2019 03:21 AM PST

When you use the internet, you run the risk of being exposed to malware, viruses, spyware, ransomware, and Trojans. This malicious software can allow hackers to take control of your device, to steal your data, or to snoop on you for the purposes of identity theft or to steal your bank details. 

Downloading and installing good antivirus software can help protect you from attackers but it's difficult to know where to begin in such an overcrowded market. Whether you are on a budget or looking for a more premium solution, we suggest starting with our recommendations below.

What are the best antivirus programs to use?

  1. Norton 360 - In tests, Norton was found to be able to detect and prevent 100% of the threats it was tested with across all three platforms.
  2. F-Secure - Excellent protection, performance, and usability.
  3. Malwarebytes - Extremely efficient, and does not negatively affect system performance
  4. AVG AntiVirus
  5. Avast

Nowadays malicious exploits exist for just about every platform. As a result, it doesn't matter whether you are a casual internet user with a smartphone, or a power user with a MacBook, it is vital to protect your devices with a reliable antivirus that offers real time protection against incoming threats and malicious file downloads.

Ignoring messages that alert you that your antivirus is out of date - or has come to the end of a subscription - is an extremely bad idea because you could end up with a concerning infection that allows hackers to steal your personally identifiable information, to log into your emails or social media accounts, or to steal your bank or card details.

While we advise caution with many free antiviruses, the reality is that you don't always need to pay through the roof to get adequate protection. Below, we have included what we consider to be the three best options on the market. These offer strong protection at a cost that won't break the bank.

The best Antivirus Software 2020: In-depth analysis

1. Norton 360

  • Free option

    Yes

Norton is a superb antivirus that consumers can either purchase as a stand-alone application for $19.99 - or as part of a more comprehensive security suite called Norton 360. The antivirus is extremely effective, and in recent tests, it was found to detect and remove 100% of the threats it was tested with. This includes zero-day malware attacks, including both web and email exploits. In addition, it stopped 100% of widespread and prevalent malware that was discovered in the previous 4 weeks. This means it is highly effective.

Where performance is concerned, Norton scores full points with AVTests.org due to the fact that it does not appreciably affect web page loading times, download speeds, or device performance. The antivirus is capable of tackling everything from spyware to malware, ransomware, viruses, and trojans. It also protects users against phishing emails and websites.

>Norton antivirus also provides online safety by blocking malicious domains. What's more, even on the basic plan users get 2GB of secure storage and a smart firewall that monitors outgoing as well as incoming traffic. This is an excellent feature that will detect if a trojan is attempting to communicate with a CnC server. An excellent service whether you get the simple plan or one of the more comprehensive suites.

As well as all of this, Norton offers these fantastic features:


2. F-Secure

  • Pricing

    From $69.99

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Protection:

    • Realtime Protection

This popular antivirus is known to provide excellent protection, performance, and usability, albeit at a premium price. The software is available for both Mac and Windows. In tests, F-Secure Antivirus performs excellently; consistently blocking 100% of malware. In fact, F-Secure won the AV-TEST best protection award in 2018.

The software might not be as feature-rich as some other antivirus programs on the market. However, it is worth noting that a lot of those extra functions aren't always strictly necessary from an anti-virus point of view (though they are sometimes useful extras).

F-Secure has reorganized its plans, dropping its monthly cost in favor of annual billing and rebranding its home packages with F-Secure SAFE branding. Starting at $69.99, you will be able to install the software on 3 different devices for 1 year. You'll have to spend more than that if you want to cater to 5, 7 or more devices.

Despite the inability to pay monthly, F-Secure SAFE can be considered a superb deal that comes with the following features: 


While some antivirus programs may slow your computer down a little - this antivirus software is not hungry for processing power. It is also extremely easy to use, keeping the layout of the functions down to the bare minimum. This makes it a good option for non-techy users.

The quick scan function comes set as a default, and it is extremely fast - completing a scan in just a few minutes. Delving into the settings gives users the option to perform a full system scan. However, if you are used to having the ability to scan removable drives, or to perform custom scans, this software might disappoint you.

Perhaps the only real drawback with F-Secure is that it is so sensitive that it does tend to flag up some false positives. However, this is better than an antivirus that misses actual exploits.

On the other hand, we would have to stick recommending F-Secure only on its SAFE plan - which is much better value for money and has a much better range of features than the standalone antivirus plan. 

Overall, this is a robust antivirus that gets the job done. Perfectly suited to non-techy users who want something that protects against 100% of viruses. 

3. Malwarebytes

  • Free option

    Yes

    Pricing

    From $39.99 - $59.99

  • Available on

Malwarebytes is an excellent antivirus program that we have decided to include because it is available free of charge on Windows machines. Free users get complete access to the antivirus - which scans for viruses against an up-to-date database of known malware. That scanning is extremely efficient, and, like other top-of-the-range antivirus programs, Malwarebytes does not negatively affect system performance

The antivirus can be set up to scan for viruses as often as you like, with the minimum recommended scan being once a week. The nice thing about Malwarebytes is that despite being free it is known to stay up to date and reliably protect against malicious infections.

Admittedly, the free version of  Malwarebytes is limited; only permitting users to do a virus scan function. Anybody who wants real-time protection - with active scanning of emails, websites, and downloads - will need to upgrade to the premium plan which will set them back $39.99 per year. The same is true if you need virus protection for a Mac, iOS, or Android device - as these do not get access to the free antivirus, either.

Paying for the software also increases your protection, by giving you access to the following features: 

Overall, this free antivirus is extremely useful, and, while it isn't for everyone, we understand that the vast majority of people worldwide still own and run Windows computers. For this reason, Malwarebytes is considered a steal for anybody that has been running the gauntlet by connecting to the internet with no protection at all. 

Malwarebytes can also be considered an outstanding option for beginners, thanks to its intuitive dashboard and easy-to-understand controls. However, if you do decide to pay for an antivirus, it may be better to stick to one of the options higher in this list, as they do have a tendency to catch more malware in their dragnets than Malwarebytes.

4. AVG AntiVirus

  • Free option

    Yes

AVG is an antivirus application that is available for Windows, macOS, and Android. It is an effective solution that can protect devices against all known threats, including malware, spyware, viruses, worms, trojans and ransomware. For free users get a basic antivirus that provides real-time security updates, and real time scanning that catches malicious downloads before they reach your PC. That is a hefty amount of protection free of charge. For those who want more, users can upgrade to the AVG Internet Security plan which adds ransomware folder security, webcam security, an enhanced firewall, safe browsing features, and Android protection for $39.99. That is a reasonable price considering that AVG was found to score 6/6 for protection and usability by AVTest.org. Performance wise, AVG will have some impact on slower machines and those with a very slow internet connection. Despite this, it is generally a fast antivirus that is exceptionally good considering it can be used for free.

5. Avast

  • Free option

    Yes

Avast is another antivirus that gets a clean bill of health from the independent auditor AVTest.org. It is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. During recent tests the security software was able to detect and delete 100% of the threats and exploits it was tested with. This includes viruses, worms, malware and ransomware (20780 exploit samples used in total). In terms of usability, it is extremely effective with no false positives detected whatsoever during tests. The basic antivirus can be used for free, which is great. However, those who want ransomware protection, safe browsing, an advanced firewall, and webcam protection will need to fork out $69.99 for one device or $89.99 for ten devices. Despite being an excellent antivirus, that is quite a steep bill that is probably only going to be worthwhile if you are a power user with many devices. In terms of performance, Avast scored 5.5 out of 6 - which means that it shouldn't cause too much of an issue unless you have a very slow PC.

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