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Top 5 Best Antivirus Software Programs

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Want to keep your computer safe from viruses and malware? These five antivirus software programs have got you covered. If you take cybersecurity seriously, check out the services below.


1. Norton Antivirus 2014

Check out a review of this antivirus in the video above.

Featured in PC Mag‘s list of the Best Antivirus for 2014, Norton Antivirus is one of the best known names in the industry. Norton received an Editor’s Choice honor in this showdown between several different antivirus options. While it is a bit on the expensive side, it is one of the most trusted names in the biz. If you run Windows, this is one of the best options available to you.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8
  • Blocks malware URLs
  • Fairly easy to use
  • New technology can deal with corrupted critical files
  • Good default balance between scan speed and security (you can adjust this in settings)

  • Cons:

  • More expensive than other Editor’s Choice antivirus recipients from PC Mag
  • PC Mag wrote that the scanner disabled two infested test systems
  • Reviews indicate that, for big malware infestations, you’ll still likely need to spend some time on the phone with tech support
  • Doesn’t appear to be available with more than three licenses
  • Some protection features are not available in Windows 8-style browsing mode

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    2. Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Check out a review of this antivirus in the video above.

    Featured on Lifehacker’s list of the Five Best Desktop Antivirus Applications, Bitdefender Internet Security is one of the most widely regarded antivirus solutions out there. The Internt Security suite comes with a whole host of features to protect you, including a firewall and parental controls.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Great for parents
  • Tons of tools
  • Attractive interface
  • At least one user has reported Bitdefender found a virus ESET Smart Security overlooked
  • Guards your online transactions

  • Cons:

  • Quite expensive
  • Multiple Amazon user reviews complain about poor customer service
  • Some users have complained that computer freezes up when updates are pushed
  • Navigation isn’t always intuitive
  • Some users may prefer the free version

  • 3. McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014

    Get a tour of this software in the video above.

    Say what you will about John McAfee’s personal life, or Intel’s decision earlier this year to rename McAfee products to “Intel Security,” but the antivirus software that bears his name is still considered trustworthy.

    McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 has gotten praise from CNET for offering the kind of support that a free antivirus package just can’t beat. Additionally, PC Mag gave this software a four-star review. In particular, PC Mag noted that this software was an “effective tool.’

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Rescue CD very helpful
  • Includes remote management, file shredder, and system tuneup
  • Fairly easy set-up
  • Trusted name
  • Relatively inexpensive, especially if you find it discounted online

  • Cons:

  • Firewall has holes
  • You might spend more time dealing with tech support than you’d like
  • You may want to install an additional malware scanner
  • Rescue CD option may not be helpful to those who lack an optical drive
  • McAfee won’t let you transfer a subscription from one machine to another

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    4. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

    Learn more about this software in the video above.

    Featured on Ars Technica, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac comes from the same lab that helped people to realize that Macs weren’t invulnerable to viruses. Targeted towards Mac users, this software also protects against PC and Linux malware in real-time.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Looks and feel jives with your Mac’s layout
  • Protects against Mac, PC and Linux malware in real-time
  • Helps keep your Internet shopping secure
  • Lets you monitor and limit your children’s Internet usage
  • Virtual Keyboard protects you from keyloggers

  • Cons:

  • Not free
  • Can make some sites run slowly
  • Hard to schedule scans
  • Can slow down system startup
  • Controls lack customization options

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    5. Panda Antivirus Pro 2014

    Learn more about Panda in the review above.

    Featured on a TechRadar list of the best home antivirus suites, Panda Antivirus Pro 2014 has a Windows 8-inspired interface that makes the software really easy to navigate. There are plenty of robust features here, and the software itself is pretty cheap, as far as antivirus software goes.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Tile navigation makes it easy to find what you need
  • Multiple scan options
  • Vulnerability scanner checks for missing updates or patches
  • Panda’s huge virus detection database is located in the Cloud
  • Runs quietly in the background

  • Cons:

  • It may take a little time to get the settings just right
  • Could have more comprehensive features and protection
  • Requires minimum of Pentium 300 MHz or faster
  • Would be nice to have multiple options for buying additional licenses
  • For some people, paying more will always make them feel more secure

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