Modern antivirus software needs to protect against all online threats. Both Malwarebytes and Zone Alarm use the latest malware detection technology to defend against both known and unknown infections. Even better, they also include a range of additional features.
Malwarebytes offers strong malware protection with granular customization. You get advanced scheduling options to create your own scans, along with custom application-level scanning to target suspect areas. There are also protocols to protect from rootkits, which are notoriously difficult to detect. The report history lets you go back and compare to past results, and the “Bug Bounty” enters users in a cash prize draw if they report an issue. It’s also great for beginners—as the pop-up guidance will walk you through different threat resolutions—and the integrated support tool can answer your questions quickly.
Zone Alarm uses very different tactics to ensure high-quality protection. Their auto-sandboxing technology launches all files in a virtual environment to makes sure they’re safe, while the use of crowdsourced insights creates a whitelist that speeds up the process. An advanced two-way firewall identifies tricks commonly used to bypass traditional firewalls. Plus, the Wireless Network will update settings depending on the level of threat. You also get an anti-phishing Chrome extension, an anti-keylogger, and 5GB of online backup space. The “Find My Laptop” feature helps in case of physical theft and lets you remotely locate your device.