Antivirus software is the guards that block malware from entering your computer system. We all love these ‘all seeing’ and ‘all knowing’ sentinels and the job they do. The thing is, there are so many antivirus software programs out there that all claim to be the ‘best’ and to be able to detect and remove all kinds of malware. How then can a simple consumer like you and me be able to determine which antivirus software is ideal? The first step to proper selection is understanding the three important considerations when it comes to this kind of software:
The determining factors
First is performance. How will you know the performance of a product without trying it? By considering the way the product tested in independent labs. One of these tests that carry a lot of weight in determining the top antivirus software is called the AV-Test. The aim of the research work done by this team is to analyze the software using test environments with various forms of malicious data. The software’s ability to detect and repair the malware is then rated.
Second are the features. Not only should the antivirus program be reasonably easy to install and use but additional features such as the ability to schedule scans is definitely a plus factor. In addition, a good antivirus program ought to be able to detect any infiltration attempts whether it be via your browser, email or instant messenger.
Lastly is the support line. Different consumers have different preferences in this regard so if you want to have support accessible 27/7 make sure that you get a software program that caters for that.
Top 6 guns for 2013
Now that we understand how anti virus programs are rated, let’s have a quick review of what ‘many’ say are the six top free antivirus software programs of 2013.
With over 100million downloads worldwide, this software is known for its anti spyware capabilities although it has limited functions.
This one provides real-time protection against viruses and is popular for it being less taxing on the PC since most of its work is done online.
This scans your entire PC including portable media but whose downside is its lack of support and its being a single user software.
The ability for this software to remove those annoying popup ads along with its speed has earned it the top rank.
This is a Microsoft product aimed at protecting your operating system
This is loved by many worldwide because of its user friendly interface. Its popularity though has resulted in slow scans.
Though this may be the viewpoint of many based on the statistics and market value of the popular antivirus programs out there, we all have our own preferences and needs. There is no ‘one shoe fits all’ when it comes to selecting the best antivirus program.
Author Bio:- Emily is tech and SEO blogger who enjoys sharing her views on the web. She also writes for antivirus test websites and has a passion for everything new in the software industry.