Viruses are a hacker’s paradise and this poses a dangerous threat to the security of data stored within the system. Anti-viruses are created to detect them, destroy them and secure the system.

So, are all anti-viruses protective?

Well, all antivirus programs cannot detect advanced viruses. Here, lies the difference. Over the years viruses have upgraded in nature and can easily elude the free ones available in the market which can be easily spammed and hacked.

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The next question that arises is how to tackle them and which anti-viruses to use?

The answer, my friends, is to use premium and advanced anti-viruses to protect all the data stored in the system. The web is a host of all viruses and the remedy to protect also lies within. Overcoming this situation requires you to be regularly updated with the latest in offering from such software companies.

Underneath is listed ten of the best antivirus softwares which can help you protect your system and get the best environment for working and saving data.

1. AVG Anti-Virus 2013

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A well-known name all over. It is effective in its undertaking and has all the necessary features incorporated to take care of such bugs. On comparison with other anti-viruses it outperforms them, under normal testing conditions. At the back-end, it maintains a database of regular threats, so that they can be blocked. Using the latest technology, i.e. Cloud technology, it instantly accrues its defenses against zero-day threats. The defences are spontaneous in nature and the program launches them at the earliest. Warning signals together with a ploy to destroy bugs is available with protection tactics for social networking conditions in this antivirus.


 

2.F- Secure Antivirus 2013

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Easy to use interface makes this one of the best anti-viruses in the category. Features such as being streamlined, fast and effective in its purpose also help. Additional incorporated security features help protect against viruses, spyware, worms and Trojans. This antivirus is advanced and helps locate and eliminate threats, like root-kits, which give other software’s a miss. Viruses spreading through e-mails, cookies or malware, affecting the PC registry, are also looked into and destroyed.


 

3. Norton AntiVirus 2013

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One of the best antivirus developed by Symantec, it is capable of dealing with viruses, worms, bots and spyware. Easy installation together with ease of use and quick scanning property makes it stand apart. Great customer support every day and at any time helps its clients faster. Lab tests have shown that it can disinfect already infected machines. This quality ensures that it is one of the best. The main feature of this antivirus is that it can be easily handled by novice users as well as experts.


 

4. G Data Antivirus 2013

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On comparison with other antivirus softwares in the race, the level of security is high in this antivirus and it is also easy to use. The antivirus and anti-spyware protection features are combined with web protection which provide extra security to the surfing periods. It uses two separate virus scanners and performs great with third-party testers. An adequate scanning speed of 10.6 MB per second was recorded with the AV Comparatives’ test. The highlight was the almost perfect detection rate which stood at approx. 99 per cent.


 

5. Kaspersky AntiVirus 2013

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This antivirus provides protection against bots, worms, Trojans, root-kits, spywares and viruses. Detection of new threats and prevention from them is also a great feature that comes along. Surfing the web, communicating via email and downloading, all attract viruses. Kaspersky takes care of all of them as it includes real-time security features, with effective and organized interface.

When it comes to support, Kaspersky is the best among the rest. You can avail technical support in the form of an online knowledge base, FAQs, product manuals directly from the software.


 

6.Bitdefender AntiVirus Plus 2013

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This antivirus has easy usage portability, effective resource allocation and security. It is at par with the best in the category and is altogether simple to use both by an average user as well as an advanced user. The main feature of this antivirus is that it does not slow down your PC’s performance and provides you peace of mind. Easy to install with step-by-step execution of instructions together with a pre-installation scan make it a hit.

It does not even require a reboot for installation and you can drag and drop module functions from the main window itself.


 

7. Avira AntiVirus Premium 2013

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The main protection that this software provides is from the effects of malware and it’s other related forms like dialers, spyware, root-kits, worms, adware, etc. Advanced protection system is present which protects the system from online threats, like phis hing scams and drive-by downloads. An integrated email scanner checks for viruses and other malware, which is an added feature, in this antivirus. AV Comparatives’ test has shown results of this antivirus clocking a scanning rate of 17MB per second, which is quite high.

The updates of this antivirus are regular and protects from latest intrusion. From the support perspective, it scores a thumbs up in the support forum department. The only drawback is that there is no email or live chat option available to contact.


 

8. Comodo Internet Security Plus 2013

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The best amongst the ones listed, this antivirus is a nightmare for every hacker. Scanning, filtering and blocking every firewall program that it comes across is the USP of this antivirus. This makes it difficult for the hackers to scan any private information present on the system. Real time protection against Trojans, worms, viruses, key-loggers, root-kits, etc, is provided.

The antivirus runs a check on the signature that is present against a database of files already stored. It also runs unknown files in a virtual Sandbox that determines whether they should be released or removed, on the basis of their behavior. Ease of usage creates an environment for users to understand alert popups when malware attacks. Help on an issue can be generated from a “ThreatCast” feature that is included in every alert. Previous responses for the same threat can be seen and acted upon with the help of this feature. Additional “Security Considerations” also help a user to decide on how to respond to an alert. Overall excellent support is what makes this antivirus stand tall.


 

9. Avast! Pro AntiVirus 7

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Virtual technology is what increases the protection quotient in this antivirus. It runs any application in the virtual Sandbox environment and prevents your system. There is an “Avast! SafeZone” that addresses an isolated desktop fortress for sensitive operations. It has an automatic detection full-screen application with Silent/Gaming mode to disable intermediate popups without compromising on the security factor. The “Script Shield” advantage detects all the malicious scripts hidden amongst web pages and prevents them from hacking and causing damage to the system. The “Web Shield”, on the other hand scans all the visited web pages, downloaded files and java scripts.


 

10. Webroot SecurityAnywhere Antivirus 2013

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It is an anti-malware software that not only poses a threat to the viruses and worms present in order to affect other computers, but also protects the system during web surfing sessions, by blocking harmful websites and IP addresses. Tracking down spyware that deceives or exploits OS is also an added feature. This software disinfects malwares in a couple of ways. It scans data and blocks viruses on detection and also removes malware that is already stored in the hardware. Schedule testing is possible and it opens the Windows registry, OS files and applications to make a list of an outside attack.

The above anti-viruses are considered the best in the category and you can install any to reap the benefits. Proper installation and usage will help you achieve the best protection as they are smarter when compared to other softwares being sold in the market.


 

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John Laster is a technical news junkie and Founder of TechieApps. He loves everything about digital world, technologies, social media and gadgets and has been prophetic in identifying the best ways to leverage and harness such news to drive sales growth for companies ranging from startups to huge organizations.

8 comments

  1. Having used AVG and Norton for quite some time now, I think they are one of the best anti-viruses present.

  2. My two favorites are Kaspersky and Bitdefender. Both of these antivirus are always among the top scorer in the AV test though i prefer Bitdefender because i feel it consumes less resources as compare to kaspersky.

  3. kaspersky has always been my hero.. its very good n it doesnt slow my laptop as norton does. i love it

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