1) Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus
Webroot did not make our top list in 2009, but it has come a long ways in our opinion. The product won and Editors’’ Choice from PC Magazine in October 2011. The product has free online and phone support, a 70-day Money-Back Guarantee, and, was the fastest performance in our opinion. Memory usage was also significantly better than other brands.
Webroot is a privately held company based in Broomfield, Colorado with roughly 400 employees. (www.webroot.com)
2) BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012
BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012 has won numerous awards, including AV-TEST, and Choice Magazine. It comes with new social networking protection for your Twitter and Facebook profiles. The software protects the operating system by providing a security layer. It detects the known viruses and cleans them and does not allow the new ones. It removes Roorkit, does web scanning, filters viruses, blocks Spyware, guards your privacy with encrypting your social security number and credit card number. ICSA Labs, Virus Bulletin, Checkmark, CheckVir and TÜV have certified its scan engines as powerful.
Softwin, which owns BitDefender, has been around since 1990. Softwin is based in Bucharest, Romania and boasts an international team of technical experts who strive to continually improve software and respond to new threats. BitDefender’s products provide protection to home office users, family computers, small businesses and corporate users in 200 countries. Their products include anti-spyware, anti-virus, anti-spam and parental control options, all of which are available in a variety of products they offer. They also offer 24/7 customer care and cater to every kind of operating system, from Windows to Linux.
3) Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012
Need an antivirus that both detects and proactively protects your system? Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 is a great choice. This antivirus uses both traditional and latest technology in virus detection and protection, thereby ensuring complete protection against any malicious programs. Also, this antivirus program is both very simple to install and set up and can be customized to suit individual needs. Apart from the traditional virus protection, one of its important features is that this program scans all your emails and also the Internet for viruses and ensures that they do not affect your computer. The antivirus also monitors all programs that are run on your computer and in turn warns of any suspicious or unwarranted process or any change in existing process that may be taking place. It also monitors the status of the system registry thereby notifying any suspicious addition or attempt made to create hidden keys. This ensures total integrity of the operating system
Founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky, the Moscow-based company has had great success leading the industry in anti-virus protection. Kaspersky has won many awards and is consistently ranked as one of the best anti-virus software vendors.
4) Norton Antivirus 2012
Norton AntiVirus is very popular in the United States, and wins kudos for the use of behavioral protection and for great documentation. It protects the PC from dangerous programs. The Antivirus 2012 suite has extra security features like protection against instant messaging scanning, script blocking and POP3 and SMTP.
About Norton Antivirus
Owned by global security giant Symantec, Norton Antivirus is by far the most popular and widely used security system in the United States. Norton offers a small range of products for the home user, small business owner and large corporation with 1000+ users.
5) AVG Anti-Virus
AVG is clearly an innovative anti-virus software package and offers anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware, protective cloud technology, a community protection network, and identity protection. In addition AVG offers the best free anti-virus software.
AVG was founded in 1991 and has development centers around the world. AVG Technologies is headquartered in the Netherlands. AVG provides Internet and mobile security to approximately 108 million active users. The company recently introduced a “Do Not Track” feature to the mainstream Internet security marketplace.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 is a product from ESET. Over 70 million users worldwide trust ESET to defend themselves from these attacks. The company offers cyber security software for the Mac
Sold in more than 160 countries, ESET has worldwide production headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia and worldwide distribution headquarters in San Diego, US. ESET also has offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prague, Czech Republic; and is globally represented by an extensive partner network.