Which Antivirus Software Do You Prefer

Cybercriminals are continuously refining the technique they use to spread viruses through the web and hide them on computers. Their ability to develop, mutate and launch a myriad of attacks (phishing, malware, exploits, etc) appears significant these days. It has never been more clear that a PC cannot be allowed to exist without adequate antivirus and anti-malware measures.Antivirus-programs

The open dangers on the internet can simply not be ignored and no user should be out there without effective safeguard. The only solution therefore is a good protection program for your PC.

At the same time, there are several security products which profess to protect the user from the attacks. Some even claim to catch every threat, or offer total protection, maximum protection, etc.

To help users make better, empirically informed, decisions about how to protect themselves, NSS Labs, the leading independent security product testing and certification organization, has examined 11 major security products such as AVG, ESET NOD32, Kaspersky, Symantec, Panda, Microsoft, F-Secure, MacAfee, etc. for protection and performance.

This in-depth test (October, 2010) examines multiple threat types and vectors from end-to-end, replicating how real people access the internet, such as Malware download, client-side exploits against applications such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Quicktime, and Adobe Acrobat, and Key performance metrics, such as increase in RAM, CPU, boot time, and application load time.

AV-test-result

The report reveals that Trend Micro offers the best protection against Web Malware, and excellent performance (i.e. minimal impact). However, its lack of exploit protection is a considerable impediment.

Recomented-AVs

McAfee and F-Secure also offer good protection from Web Malware. F-Secure, Kaspersky, and McAfee offer the best protection against exploits. However, McAfee and F-Secure had the largest performance impact. (You can download the complete test result from here (pdf))

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

11 Comments

  1. Prithvi

    Nov 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Kaspersky..is BEST

  2. Mayur

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I always prefer Kaspersky 2010 and it’s best according to me.

    • Kannan

      Oct 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      Kaspersky is good, I tried it few years back. Now I am using MSE.

  3. Saket

    Oct 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Tests from av-test.org showed Panda 2010 and AVG 9 to be the best in terms of Protection, Repair and Usability.
    I’m using AVG and I’m pretty satisfied with it. Which one do you use Kannan?

    • Kannan

      Oct 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Saket, thanks for commenting. I think different organizations using different methods for testing AVs. I am using MSE for Win 7 and AVG Internet Security 2011 (which I got for free)for XP.Currently I am satisfied with them.

  4. NIsil

    Oct 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Nice information. I am using Microsoft Security Essentials and satisfied with that.

    • Kannan

      Oct 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      I am also using MSE for Win 7.Thanks for commenting

  5. Sibi

    Oct 21, 2010 at 2:38 am

    hmm! my favorite is Kaspersky and it is in the recommended list. Nice info!

    • Kannan

      Oct 21, 2010 at 3:03 am

      Thanks for commenting

  6. Prajith

    Oct 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    My favorite is ESET Nod32….!

    • Kannan

      Oct 21, 2010 at 3:04 am

      That’s interesting!

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