ESET NOD32 receives high marks for ease of use and boasts tons of settings to customize how it works with your computer. It utilizes machine learning to help it catch zero-day threats, and provides real-time malware protection.
- Limits device to device infections
- Lackluster independent test scores
Avast Premium Security
Avast Premium Security is available in one-, five-, or 10-device packages and features an integrated firewall to control what gets into or out of your computer. It will also inspect your home’s Wi-Fi to identify potential weak points in security.
- Can silence notifications from apps
- Webcam and ransomware shields
- Sandbox for safely opening programs
Webroot Internet Security Plus
Webroot Internet Security Plus remains as light, fast, and efficient as it was when it first launched in the mid 2000s. In fact, it can still be run on many decade-old CPUs. It also features a password management system, though that is somewhat lacking in functionality.
- Barely uses any memory
- Can reverse some ransomware attacks
- Subpar proactive measures
Trend Micro Maximum Security
Trend Micro Maximum Security is especially effective at blocking malicious URLs. It is also very finely tuned to catch malware, even previously unseen zero-day programs. The downside to this, though, is its tendency to trigger false positives.
- Encrypts financial data
- 3 layers of ransomware protection
- Doesn't include a vpn
AVG Ultimate leverages artificial intelligence and one of the biggest malware-detecting networks to keep your computer safe from threats. Though it is pricey, it scores very well in independent tests and includes a suite of useful components.
- Can tune up your pc
- Automatically updates itself
- Initial scan takes a long time
Kaspersky Internet Security
Kaspersky Internet Security can protect your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices, including those running iOS. It offers integrated anti-phishing to help keep you away from nefarious websites and provides alerts if a program is trying to access your camera.
- Private browsing feature
- Built-in parental controls
- Scans slow down performance greatly
Malwarebytes 4.0 has a sleek user interface that most people will be able to navigate effortlessly. It features an updated scanning engine named “Katana” that not only finds more threats than previous iterations, but does so faster and with minimal impact on performance.
- Ransomware protection
- Signature-less behavioral detection
- Information on malicious programs
With independent lab tests showing near 100-percent effectiveness at safeguarding PCs and a full money-back guarantee that it will rid your computer or tablet of any viruses, McAfee Total is a smart choice for protecting all your devices.
- Includes 24-7 support
- Live web monitoring
- Affordably priced
Symantec Norton 360 Deluxe
Symantec Norton 360 Deluxe offers real-time threat defense and will protect against both existing and emerging malware. It also comes with access to LifeLock, which monitors the dark web for your private information to help prevent identity theft.
- Encrypts passwords and bank details
- Can be used on several devices
- 50 gigabytes of cloud storage
Bitdefender Total Security
Along with doing its main job well, Bitdefender Total Security also includes a VPN, ransomware protection, a dedicated browser for performing secure transactions, and parental controls that can filter content and limit screen time.
- Built-in password manager
- Reacts instantly to online threats
- Can optimize devices for speed