With so many growing cyber threats, a good antivirus must address all potential risks. Both ESET and Zone Alarm employ innovative systems to ensure real-time protection from recognized and unknown malware attacks. They also include anti-phishing technology, although Zone Alarm does require a browser extension for this to work.
ESET has a near 100% detection rate, and the idle scan option allows you to wait until your computer is in sleep or screensaver mode. The ‘Game Mode’ prevents annoying pop-ups interrupting your gameplay or streaming. The program scans files while they’re downloading so infected items never make it to your device, and the email filtering feature offers similar protection. ESET is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
While Zone Alarm is Windows-only, it has a lot of useful features. The auto-sandboxing technology launches all new programs in a secure environment. Users get 5GB of online backup space for free, but the most impressive tool is the advanced firewall. Developed in-house, it works two-way and even identifies common tricks to circumvent traditional firewalls. You also get a ‘Find My Laptop’ feature which helps in the event of physical theft.
Both companies offer similar customer service channels, including live chat, ticketed messages, and phone support.