The best antivirus (AV) software is no easy task. You should consider the number of devices that you wish to protect, which features are the most important, and whether the software will consume too much system resources. It is also important to avoid false positives — programs that incorrectly identify and block safe software. There are numerous trusted programs and some are more affordable than others.
Our antivirus comparison chart gives you an overview of the market by showing the total protection, performance and False Positives scores of various independent lab tests. You can filter results to identify specific AV tools according to their name, or compare them by a range of criteria. Included are the price, the number of devices covered as well as, if applicable an annual subscription cost.
Some of the most well-known names in the AV industry include Avast, AVG, ESET and Trend Micro. Avast has a popular and free antivirus program, and AVG offers a subscription-based product with numerous additional features. ESET offers a remarkable set of tools that includes network security virtual data room features for legal companies features, which are usually found in AV tools that cost more. Some users are concerned about the recent scandal regarding marketing and sharing of data.
Trend Micro is another well-known name that is renowned for its top of the line Mac malware detection. The basic antivirus program of the company is relatively cheap and its Internet Security Maximum Security option includes an administrator of passwords as well as a secure vault of files.