Antivirus Reviews

Norton
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Norton
Norton has been around for decades, but it’s a much different antivirus than it was 15 years ago. So how does it compete in today’s world of cybersecurity software? I’ve tested 47 different antivirus programs, and without question, Norton is my #1 pick for best all-around internet security package of 2020. Norton 360 comes with 100% guaranteed virus protection and adds a strong set of extra features — my favorites are the password manager, VPN (virtual private network), cloud storage, and parental controls. In terms of security features, ease-of-use, and value, Norton 360 is practically perfect. And after seeing Norton’s latest discount, along with a 60-day money-back guarantee, this is hands-down my favorite antivirus on the market.
Robert Bateman by Robert Bateman
McAfee
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McAfee
McAfee once had a reputation as a basic antivirus, but after spending hours doing in-depth testing on the Total Protection plan — McAfee’s premium antivirus bundle — I can say that they’ve made a lot of improvements in the last few years. McAfee’s malware detection ability received top scores in my tests, and Total Protection has many additional features including a password manager and a PC performance-enhancing tool. The interface is missing some elements — it’s not nearly as user-friendly as it could be, and you may need to dig into the settings to customize it. But that said, McAfee is one of the best antivirus systems out there, and in my opinion, it’s definitely worth using, especially with its latest discount and 30-day money-back guarantee.
Sophie Anderson by Sophie Anderson
BullGuard
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BullGuard
BullGuard has earned a reputation as being one of the best antiviruses for PC gamers, but how well does it work for everybody else? I put BullGuard through a series of tests on my home PC, and I was really impressed by the malware detection and identity theft protection offered. I also really liked the Game Booster. However, I did find some features I really don’t like, and there are other premium antiviruses that provide more features for the same price. That said, BullGuard is a fully functional and capable antivirus — it handled all the threats I threw at it, and the gaming mode is phenomenal. And considering BullGuard’s latest discount, it’s definitely one of the top antiviruses of 2020. You can try it out for 30 days risk free and see if it will be good for you.
Bjorn Johansson by Bjorn Johansson
Avira
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Avira
Avira is one of the most well-known antivirus providers out there, so it was no surprise to see that its malware engine performed really well in my tests. Avira is fast and thorough, blocking and removing 100% of my test malware, including all viruses, spyware, and ransomware. Avira also has a huge range of additional features, including a game booster, browser extensions, and startup optimizer — all of which were super useful and easy to use (and saved me money). Overall, Avira is really good value for the money, especially given its latest discount. There’s a no-risk 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out and see if it will be good for you.
Alex Kassian by Alex Kassian
Total AV
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Total AV
Since I gave their product a bad review a few years ago, I was surprised to find that TotalAV has turned into one of the best antivirus products of 2020. There are a ton of useful features like a VPN (virtual private network), a password manager, and system cleanup tools, and they’re all contained in an intuitive user interface. The TotalAV malware protection engine uses Avira’s world famous anti-malware technology, which performed better than most competitors in my testing. There are a few flexible pricing options, but buying all of TotalAV’s features might get a bit expensive. Luckily, they’re offering an $80 off discount (working as of August 2020) with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try TotalAV risk-free and see if it’s the right antivirus for you.
Robert Bateman by Robert Bateman
Intego
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Intego
I’ve tested many different Mac-only antivirus software, and Intego has everything Mac users need to be secure. For the range of features which come with Intego’s full package, including VirusBarrier, NetBarrier, Personal Backup, and Washing Machine, it’s extremely good value for the money — it’s also much cheaper than rival Mac-based antivirus software such as MacKeeper and Airo AV. Based on my research and experience with the entire range of Intego products, and given its latest discount, I’m confident in saying that Intego is the best Mac antivirus software in 2020.
Sophie Anderson by Sophie Anderson
Trend Micro
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Trend Micro
Trend Micro gets mixed reviews, so I really wanted to check out this antivirus — and was glad I did! Its AI-based, multi-layer ransomware protection truly impressed me. The program includes some interesting tools that are remarkably easy to use — especially the malware scanner and online privacy tools. Trend Micro antivirus is definitely worth trying out, especially as it’s competitively priced and backed by an unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee.
Scott Jackson by Scott Jackson
Panda
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Panda
Overall, I like Panda Dome antivirus quite a bit. It has a really intuitive display and huge range of security tools — but this might be a little overwhelming for some beginner users. I wasn’t happy with how some of these features worked, including the web protection, but the malware protection performed almost perfectly in my tests — detecting nearly all malware and blocking 100% of ransomware. Some packages can be pretty darn expensive, but Panda’s latest discount and the 30-day money-back guarantee gave me enough motivation to find out if Panda was really the best antivirus for me. Try Panda Dome Risk-Free Now
Alex Kassian by Alex Kassian
Heimdal Security
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Heimdal Security
There are a lot of powerful security tools on the market, and some of them come with a hefty price tag to match. While I can’t agree that this software is the “most advanced security suite” ever built, I can strongly recommend Heimdal Security’s Thor Premium Home for its next-generation detection capabilities.
Sophie Anderson by Sophie Anderson
Webroot
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Webroot
A lightweight but effective antivirus tool, ideal for older hardware. Independent testing is limited and my phishing test gave me some doubts, but I’m still comfortable recommending it.
Eric C. by Eric C.