All antivirus programs come with different features and things they can
do. This makes choosing the best antivirus program a daunting task.
There are, however, certain steps to make the process a little easier
and more streamlined. It takes a lot of research and time, but when the
antivirus program of your choosing finally protects your computer, it
will all have been worth it.
Not everyone budgets big bucks for security; fortunately there's a
thriving industry of free antivirus programs. The best free solutions
don't measure up to the best for-pay solutions, but AVG
Anti-Virus FREE 2013 comes
close. This product, our Editors' Choice for free antivirus, beats out
many commercial products both in PCMag's tests and in independent lab
One particular type of free antivirus can save your bacon when
entrenched malware prevents installation of your store-bought solution.
Free cleanup-only tools don't stay in memory to protect against malware
attack, and they're often utilitarian in appearance. They focus solely
on getting rid of active malware. In our testing, Comodo
Cleaning Essentials was the most effective of these, earning it Editors'
Choice for this category.
Big business doesn't expect employees to manage antivirus updates; it's
all managed by the IT department. In 2012 we saw the first serious
managed antivirus aimed at consumers, Daily
Safety Check Home Edition. Not only is it a true set-and-forget
solution, it earned good marks both in our malware removal and malware
cleanup tests. Daily Safety Check is our Editors' Choice in this new
category of consumer-side managed antivirus.