Which is the best antivirus for Windows
If you are using Bit defender and not satisfied with it, I highly doubt any other solutions will be of help. I’m saying this as I consider Bit defender and Semisoft to be the best programs for home/ small business use.
I have tested and worked on numerous blogs and never saw something as awesome as Bitdefender. (User since 2008). I tried Kaspersky and Symantec (Norton), however, I felt like Kaspersky is missing some samples I tried. Symantec was awesome in detection but not that user-friendly and high on resource usage. (Same was the case for Bitdefender total security).
I would recommend reading this answer I had written sometimes back: Sankar Gopinath’s answer to why do people purchase high-priced antiviruses like Kaspersky and Norton when many free antiviruses are easily available over the Internet having features at par with the costly ones?
If you read the above passage, you’ll understand that there is no permanent cure for viruses and all software won’t catch and even if detected successfully block them. However, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
- Updates, updates, and updates: update OS, Security software, browser, java, flash player and any other programs.
- Use ad-blockers like unlock and
- Clean temporary files regularly. There is a ton of free programs like advanced system care, ccleaner wise cleaner etc.
- Use an anti-key-logger and anti-malware along with your security software. Do please check for compatibility issues. Eg: Semana, Emsisoft etc.
- Disable autoplay
- Enable firewall or use internet security software instead of antivirus
- Set auto scan for portable devices including HDD, DVD, Pen drives etc.
- Enable automatic scan by security software. Make it at least once in a week.
- If you think Bitdefender is not performing well. and provided your computer has powerful hardware, go for small business security solution from Symantec or upgrade to a Bitdefender small security package. This will take a toll on your system resources.
- Disable remote access to the registry.
- make sure you scan the files downloaded the internet.
If you want a short description on how I rate some programs (Out of 10 ). Here goes the list: ( My observation is for the home need and on antivirus only, for other versions like office security the opinion is prone to change, also I only take protection in to consideration, not cost )
- Avira: Best free antivirus. Paid version is also great. Good and fast updates. Rating: 8
- Avast: Second best IMO. But makes me stay away from it as the number of false positives are more than I expected. Also a bit complex interface. Rating : 7.5
- AVG: One of the oldest in the lot. I had good fun with avg in the past with a 1.7 GHz Pentium processor. But things have changed, I can only say decent detection rate but decent system resource usage. Average protection, easy interface. Rating 7.5
- Bitdefender: Best of the best. I liked the software a lot. But not the resource usage by total security, it did slow down my computer. But great detection and less false positives. Easy interface, more features than a normal user will ever need and decent support. Rating 9.5
- F-Secure: Started from mobile antivirus, now on to PC too. Good detection rate and easy on the system rating: 9
- Symantec Norton: My old favorite. Great or greatest detection rate. In par with Kaspersky, but got fast scanning. I recommend using this one. Rating 9.5
- Kaspersky: Good detection rate however missed some confirmed samples on the project I did. Considering the samples were old, I am a bit skeptical about the detection. Every other bit is almost perfect. In par with Norton. Recommend using this software. Rating: 9
- Emsisoft: If I don’t like Bitdefender, I’m definitely going for this one. Fast scanning, multiple updates, great detection ( does have some false positives) and easy interface. The whole package. Recommend to use as a supplement to your existing antivirus. It is no secret that some other anti-virus use their scanner technology to enhance detection. Rating 10 or 9.5
- McAfee : This was supposed to be the king of antivirus. However it is not performing well you can go for second option.
- Windows Defender: Basically if you don’t use internet a lot and download files, you need only this. Easy on system resources and easy to manage. One of the simplest program to master. Rating: 7
- ESET: This might upset ESET fanboys; however, I must say that ESET is not on the same level as Bitdefender, Kaspersky or Norton in detection. But easy update and very low resource usage tends me to use this program. Rating:8.5
- Panda: This one is a toughie. I like the functionality but hate it’s interface. Rating: 8
- Trend micro: Once in par with Norton, but not any more. Trend micro offers relatively good protection. Rating 8.5
- Quick heal: The Indian contribution. Famous in India, but do not provide enough protection. Rating: 8
- Bull Guard & G-Data: Both felt awfully similar in detection. Rating: 8.5
- Vipre: Once almost got close to being best. But don’t know the current status. Rating at that time (2k12 range): 9
- Malware bytes, Hitman Pro & Super antispyware: Supplement package for security. Added malware database to detect and remove. Rating: 8
- Zemana: This one prevents keystrokes being stolen/ tracked. Rating:9
- SmadAV: Relatively unknown, detects a variety of small viruses and malware. You might be thinking why I included it here then? Well this small software can detect many samples that best of the best antivirus won’t detect; even the free version is a peach. Use it as a supplement to your system’s security. Rating:9
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