Avira and AVG are top antivirus contenders that provide near-perfect detection at over 99% success rate. They include protection from ransomware and phishing attacks, and unique payment protection features.
AVG excels due to an enhanced firewall which can be customized to target specific applications and ports. A webcam blocker protects your video screen and a PC tune-up deletes all temporary files, duplicates, and data logs. It doesn’t cause system slowdown because the smart sleep mode will only scan when your computer is inactive. The paid packages can be used on as many devices as possible and there is even a free version, although you only get the core security protocols.
While Avira doesn’t come with a built-in firewall, it does offer features that will help you optimize your Windows version. There’s a useful PC tune-up tool to speed up your system, a unique price comparison Chrome extension which can save you money as you shop, and their “Virus Lab” teaches you everything you need to know about malware threats. If your budget is tight, there’s a free version.
Both companies offer similar support channels, including phone and email tickets. While they both provide a free version, the price range does vary considerably.