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Avira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaAvira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaPosted: 11 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDTEvery computer needs antivirus protection, and one way companies can support that aim is to provide free antivirus to the masses. But these companies can't survive unless some users shell out their hard-earned cash for paid antivirus utilities. Piling on pro-only tools and components is one way companies encourage upgrading to a paid antivirus. Avira Antivirus Pro adds several components not available to users of Avira Free Security, but they don't really add much value. The biggest reason to pay for it is if you want to use Avira in a commercial setting, which isn't allowed with the free version.Avira's pricing is undeniably on the high side, with a list price of $59.88 per year for one license, $71.88 for three, and $95.88 for five. Admittedly, it seems to be perpetually on sale; just now, the one-license price is discounted to $44.99. That…

DISA renews antivirus software license agreement helping teleworkers keep machines safe at - Air Force Link

DISA renews antivirus software license agreement helping teleworkers keep machines safe at - Air Force Link


DISA renews antivirus software license agreement helping teleworkers keep machines safe at - Air Force Link

Posted: 26 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) --

Recognizing a need, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Department of Defense have renewed their antivirus home use programs.

Antivirus Home Use Program
The DoD Antivirus Software License Agreement with McAfee allows active DoD employees to utilize the antivirus software for home use. Home use of the antivirus products will not only protect personal PCs, but will also potentially lessen the threat of malicious logic being introduced to the workplace and compromising DoD networks. Contractors are excluded from using the software at home or on any other system not belonging to the DoD.

McAfee Internet Security
As a member of the DoD, employees can now take advantage of a free one-year subscription to McAfee Internet Security for your PC or MAC.

This subscription gives users proactive security for their home PC by preventing malicious attacks and keeping the user safe while surfing, searching and downloading files online. McAfee's security service also continuously delivers the latest software so protection is never out of date.

By installing McAfee software on your home system, users will not only be protecting their PC from malicious threats, but also helping their organization(s) strengthen its information technology security against transferable viruses and spyware.

How to download McAfee Internet Security
Navigate to the website for your applicable platform, either PC or MAC, listed below. In addition, enter the associated "Company Code" in the appropriate field on the webpage:
 


www.mcafee.com/windows/dod
DIS41FBC06
March 22, 2021
MAC
www.mcafee.com/mac/dod
DIS75F9D61
March 22, 2021

Enter your DoD email address.
Click "Get Email."
You will receive an email from McAfee Subscriptions with your unique license key and download link.
Note - Do not download the software on your Government Furnished Equipment.

Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Home Use
DISA Home Use Program instructions can be found here: https://patches.csd.disa.mil/Metadata.aspx?id=79775 (Common Access Card Required)
DoD does not provide any technical assistance to home users. Home users seeking technical support can contact McAfee directly on the support website: http://home.mcafee.com/Root/Support.aspx?page=Support

Symantec, ESET, McAfee rank first in Windows anti-malware market share - ZDNet

Posted: 18 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

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OPSWAT Windows anti-malware market share, October 2019

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Antivirus programs from Symantec, ESET, and McAfee are today's most popular Windows-based anti-malware products, according to usage data gathered by enterprise software vendor OPSWAT.

For more than five years, OPSWAT has been collecting data and publishing monthly market share reports for the Windows anti-malware market.

The company says it collects its data from more than 30,000 enterprise and home systems where customers installed its free apps.

According to its latest report, published at the end of October, Symantec is today's top anti-malware vendor, with a market share of 13.56%, followed by ESET with 12.84%, and McAfee with 12.21%.

Other vendors listed in the top 10 include Bitdefender (10.77%), Kaspersky (7.66%), Avast (6.98%), Cylance (5.95%), Webroot (5.88%), Malwarebytes (5.8%), and Sophos (3.62%).

No Windows Defender... because

The OPSWAT report excludes Windows Defender data outright, as the product is installed by default on almost all modern Windows systems.

The company also admits that its report is not fully representative of the entire anti-malware market.

"Users sampled may not be representative of the general population," it said. "While our free products have international reach, their use is not commensurate with worldwide population distribution. Only English-language versions of our free products are available, so countries with higher numbers of English speakers are expected to use these applications at higher rates."

But, currently, OPSWAT's data is the only report giving insight into today's Windows anti-malware market, based on which some basic observations can be made.

For starters, we can see there's no big gap between the top four ranked vendors, all bunched together within a 3% point difference.

There's also no company dominating the market as we often see in other industry verticals. This is somewhat typical for the entire cyber-security field, where most of the niche markets -- like email gateway security, firewalls, and VPNs -- are also fragmented between an assortment of vendors, rather than being in the firm grasp of one big market player.

In a more than three-decades-old market, this is a spectacularly good state of affairs, since a diversified vendor ecosystem is the most obvious sign of a healthy and competitive market.

One vendor's rise and fall

And another sign of a healthy market is the fact that it never stands still. Over the years, the Windows anti-malware ecosystem has been in full flux. Vendors have often switched at the top, and market shares have risen and dropped dramatically.

Nothing shows this better than Avast's rise and fall through the rankings in the past four years.

An OPSWAT report from January 2014 had Avast with a 13.2% market share, way above its competition. That grew to 15% by December 2015. Its rise only continued in the next two years. By June 2017, Avast had amassed a whopping 20.48% of the market, thanks to its 2016 acquisition of fellow anti-malware vendor AVG.

Things started unraveling after that point, for reasons unknown. By December 2018, Avast's market share had dropped to 17.42%. It is unclear what triggered this downfall, but over the next ten months, Avast dropped to a meager 6.98%, ranking sixth in a top that it once used to rule.

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OPSWAT Windows anti-malware market share, December 2015

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Avast's fall in the rankings triggered a steady shift at the top. The leading spot switched hands three times in the past year, from Avast to McAfee in March 2019, then to ESET in June, and then to Symantec in August.

This only comes to prove that in the ethereal world of anti-malware products, companies will often move from one product to another if they feel they're not getting the proper protections.

There's still room to innovate and make room for new products on the market. The best example of this is Cylance's appearance in the latest OPSWAT report, a company that relies on an AI-driven approach to run what it calls "predictive security products."

Enterprise decision-makers are often influenced by the latest trendy technologies, and many will experiment with up-and-coming technologies in the search for better protection.

OPSWAT said its report should not be used to make decisions "on which anti-malware vendors are the best or to compare these vendors in terms of quality or performance," but instead be used only as informational points.

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