Today’s antivirus software must protect from more than just malware. It also needs protocols to stop hackers, phishing attempts, and even physical theft. Both Total AV and Zone Alarm include the strongest malware detection available and use unique features to provide more comprehensive protection.
Total AV is relatively lightweight software that includes several extras. Along with malware protection, you get anti-phishing protocols and a Virtual Private Network to secure you on public networks. There’s also a remote firewall, which you can edit from different devices, and a password manager to keep your credentials safe from prying eyes. The adblocker stops annoying ads when you’re online and also prevents adware from infecting your computer. Plus, there’s the PC optimization disk cleaner which removes unwanted files in order to speed up your machine.
Zone Alarm is a more comprehensive provider with a seemingly endless list of additional security protocols. It uses auto-sandboxing technology to launch all files in a virtual environment to ensure their safety. The crowd-sourced insights speed up the scanning process and reduce computer slowdown. You get an advanced two-way firewall which can detect when hackers are trying to bypass it and an anti-phishing Chrome extension, an anti-keylogger, and 5GB of online backup storage. Zone Alarm is one of the few security suites that scans during boot up to identify infections before your system loads. Finally, the “Find My Laptop” feature is a great tool in the event of loss or physical theft.