This is a common question we get, especially when clients have been infected with viruses or malware despite having purchased a high-priced antivirus product! Regrettably, there is no objective response. It all boils down to personal preference. We’ll tell you about ours…
It’s difficult to pick between them because they all work slightly differently and offer different levels of security and features. It’s pretty perplexing when one day you read a review that says one thing and the following day it says something completely different.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “best antivirus” that will completely protect you from all threats, not slow down your computer, and remain out of sight and out of mind. There are a few that are nice, but none are flawless. It’s possible that what works for you won’t work for others.
The effectiveness of protection is usually the criterion for testing. Most antivirus products will detect the majority of threats, but how many will go unnoticed is always a concern. The good guys are attempting to catch up to the baddies.
Antivirus software can have a variety of effects on your user experience and system performance. Assume you want the antivirus to scan your files and monitor network activity on a regular basis. In such situation, a fast computer with enough of RAM, quick disk storage (SSD is a necessity! ), and adequate processing power will be required.
There will be programs or scripts classified as “false positives” if your antivirus is constantly attentive. If the antivirus detects that the program isn’t widely used or is acting strangely, it will stop running it.
Some antivirus applications simply detect what have historically been referred to as viruses – programs and processes that change your system or files. The majority of them will not protect you against “potentially unwanted programs” such as toolbars, extensions, “driver updaters,” and “system optimizers.”
Review sites exacerbate the problem by selecting a new winner each month. It’s no secret that skewed results can be caused by fraudulent reviews or financial incentives. Furthermore, some of those review sites offer things we’ve never heard of a perfect score!
The most important thing to remember is that antiviral is merely one component of a much wider picture. If all other attempts to stop an attack have failed, it is usually the last line of defense. For instance, you could get yourself into difficulty if you:
Clicking on dubious links in spam emails or internet advertisements
Obtaining “free” content, such as movies or pirated software
Keeping your software up to date is a big no-no.
Disabling or stopping protection on purpose, or ignoring warnings that get in the way
So, what do we suggest?
Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a good choice if you have a Windows PC. It’s something we’ve been using and selling for a long time. Apart from occasional system slowdown while a full scan is in progress, we haven’t had any major issues. Our customers who use it have never had to return for malware eradication or ransomware issues.
You still need antivirus if you use an Apple Mac! Many people believe that Macs are immune to viruses. Despite the fact that Macs are more difficult to infect than Windows PCs, we find a lot of them with strange issues like redirected search results, advertisements, and pop-ups. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a good choice for Macs. It also offers a free version, however it does not have real-time protection.
Assume you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to spend any cash. Windows Defender, which comes preinstalled on Windows 10, is a potential solution in this instance. It’s certainly superior to other free applications like Avast and AVG in that it won’t continually remind you to upgrade your software. Better antivirus software isn’t cheap (we offer licenses for $80 per year), so is saving 25 cents per day worth the risk?
We can upgrade your current antivirus to provide better security. We can serve you in person or remotely if you bring your PC to us. We can also evaluate your computer for any faults and make recommendations to ensure that your computer experience is as smooth as possible!