The Top Antivirus Programs in 2021
Antivirus programs are vital for every PC. Without it you are risking loosing personal information, files, and even money from your bank accounts. Today there are several different Antivirus Programs and different types. But how do I know which one will fit my needs? The first question must be which software is compatible with my PC?
Which software is compatible?
Before buying a program there are somethings to keep in mind. Are you using a Mac or Windows PC? Depending on what operating system you are running will help narrow down the results. As a result, it is important to research to find the right antivirus program that will run on the operating system of your choosing.
Wait! Are you telling me that Mac’s get viruses too?
Yes! In the past Mac has been considered to be untouchable by viruses. Because less communication takes place between the apps which makes it harder to spread viruses. Hackers are less likely to target Mac’s over Windows PC’s.
What is the difference between paid and free software?
Free antivirus programs offers the basic level support. It helps prevents against common viruses, malicious downloads, and warns against suspicious sites. However, for a free antivirus program to work well depends on keeping it up to date and performing scans on a regular basis.
While on the other hand, paid antivirus programs provide more tools to protect against viruses, malware, and spyware. Paid software provides real time data on the latest technology threats. As a result it acts more as a protective shield. While free antivirus programs finds the threat after it has already occurred by scanning your PC.
Top Free Antivirus Programs
- Avast – Avast is available for both Windows and Mac. Many of us remember it from Windows 7. Even though it was late to the game in Windows 10 it became one of the top free ones featuring new features.
- Bit Defender Free Edition – Bit Defender is one of the best free antivirus program for windows. It is super easy to setup and navigate. Bit Defender focuses in on the antivirus side and less time on overall features.
- AVG Free – AVG is another great free option for Windows users. Similar to Bit Defender, it also has added some more free features along with it. One downside is AVG has many different programs which can be confusing and costly.
- Avira Free – Whew, finally another free antivirus program for both Windows and Mac’s. Avira Free protects all your IT devices including iOS and Android. The free version comes with a free antivirus, VPN with 500 GB, password manager, and cleanup tools.
Top Paid Antivirus Programs
- Webroot Secure Anywhere – Webroot Secure Anywhere transformed the industry. They were the first to introduce cloud protection which stops security threats in real time. It is available for every device including Windows and Mac. Some of the features include identity theft protection, real time anti-phishing protection, fast scans, webcam protection, and more. It has been tested against ransomware and won. I highly recommend webroot because its lightweight meaning it does not take up a lot of space or slow the computer down. Also because, it provides the best overall protection from all types of viruses, malware, and spyware.
- MalwareBytes Premium – I recommend having the free version on all computers. Normally you can’t have more than one antivirus program as it will cancel each other out. However the Free edition scans for Malware on the computer and does not work against other threat protections. The premium edition has ranked highly for protection, performance, and being user friendly. It is also available for all of your devices.
- McAfee Total Protection – It feels like McAfee has been around forever, as it first came out in the 80’s. McAfee ranks highly for performance and protection. It provides protection for all types of devices. The plan allows up to 5 devices. McAfee provides protection against viruses, malware, and randsomwear. It also comes with a password manager.
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