For many decades, software developers have been struggling with the problem of protecting personal data on a PC by releasing antivirus programs. We figured out how they work, and ranked the best antiviruses to protect home and work computers. Below we have compiled the five most popular antiviruses that provide the best protection for personal data and have useful additional features.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus
Antivirus Plus is one of the most popular antiviruses in the world, developed by the Romanian company Bitdefender. Its arsenal has a complete set of tools to prevent any virus attacks, while a special software kernel minimizes the load on the processor and RAM, preventing a decrease in performance during operation.
Kaspersky Total Security
Total Security package is the most complete set of solutions for preventing any virus attacks, protection against encryptors (programs that block the user’s access to data and then extort money for his return), phishing, secure online payments and storage of personal information.
Of the interesting features, there is compatibility with all, including mobile OS, and the Kaspersky Safe Kids function, which allows you to track the location of a child and protect it from unnecessary sites.
Avast Pro Antivirus
The product of the Czech company Avast Software, leading its history since 1988, can be safely called a bestseller. In 2017, Avast Antivirus became the most popular antivirus in the world, surpassing all competitors in terms of market share. In our country, Avast is known primarily for its version of Free Antivirus, which, despite the free distribution, has shown high efficiency in detecting viruses.
Of the advantages of its system, Avast notes CyberCapture technology, which automatically sends unknown files found by users to the laboratory, which helps to update virus signatures as quickly as possible. An interesting feature is a passive mode, which allows you to use another antivirus in parallel with Avast, for example, built-in to Windows 10.
The Slovak company ESET became a popular developer of antivirus software when many PC owners still used such an archaic operating system as MS-DOS. Over its 25-year history, the company has gained tremendous experience in the fight against malware, and its NOD32 antivirus does not lose its relevance to this day. Like its competitors, it can effectively counter most of the well-known cyber threats and includes web protection, phishing protection, and email protection.
Avira Antivirus Pro
The product of the German company Avira, according to the results of testing the effectiveness of the laboratory AV-TEST, took an honorable first place. Avira Antivirus first appeared on the market in 1986 and today is a complete solution to prevent any type of attack. The strengths of the antivirus are:
- an intelligent system for recovering affected documents
- cloud malware detection technologies that remotely scan suspicious files that do not match any of the known signatures
It can reliably protect the user’s computer from all kinds of viruses, trojans, and encryptors, to ensure the safe use of the Internet, e-mail and Internet banking, it has parental control, game mode and much more.