What are the best antivirus programs?

asked by Saida Omary
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  1. 27

    #1Norton Security Premium

    Norton Security Premium

    Norton Security Premium provides real-time protection against existing and emerging malware, ransomware and viruses. It also helps protect your finances, privacy and personal information across all your Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

    Software

    Website

    $109.99- 1 year

    Betty Pearson
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "For someone who isn't very techy Norton is user-friendly and well organized that it doesn't interrupt me too much while I am using my laptop. You have to pay for it to get its full feature but that's totally worth the buy. "
  2. 21

    #2Bitdefender Security & Antivirus

    Bitdefender Security & Antivirus
    Bitdefender is a security app that offers a flawless malware protection BUT you can't schedule malware scans. Apart from that, it is well worth it.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Gregory Franklin
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Bitdefender is a pretty solid security app that works well on the antivirus side and has some issues with the anti-malware side of things. If you want to run an additional virus protection program, this is the one you should really be considering.,"
  3. 17
    Free Trial

    #3McAfee Total Protection

    McAfee Total Protection

    McAfee Total Protection safeguards your identity and helps make sure your private life stays that way. It provides antivirus, identity and privacy protection for your PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets—all in one subscription.  

    Software

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Charles Scott
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Just your regular anti virus. I installed this when I was told by the person who was fixing my laptop that it had a virus. This scanned and removed the malware, and now my laptop is functioning well again. Do not know much about antivirus protection, but I know this one worked for me."
  1. 14

    #4Webroot Secure Anywhere

    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    The good news is that Webroot Antivirus has the quickest scanner on the market. The bad news is that it is one of the most expensive malware removers!
    Software

    Windows

    $59.99- Annual fee

    Olivia Ellis
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Webroot Secure Anywhere is a very highly rated antivirus. It can help you retrieve files that have been encrypted by ransomware, is quick, addresses unknown malware and performs very well. It also does not take up a lot of disc space. Though expensive, you get what you pay for. "
  2. 13

    #5360 Total Security

    360 Total Security
    Complete threats protection with a complete set of features, a nice interface and an unintrusive process. Other features available such as: device acceleration, call & sms filter, etc.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jeffrey King
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This antivirus sweet had a nice selection of features for computer protection. There is a premium option, but the free version will be sufficient in most cases for advanced PC users, such as myself."
  3. 12

    #6Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus is a malware and virus protection software with on-the-cloud scanning processes. It alerts users when spyware or adware-infected apps pose a threat to their devices.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Benjamin Adams
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "It does looks trustworthy and it looks like it has a lot of good references on its site."
  4. 11

    #7AVG AntiVirus

    AVG AntiVirus
    AVG Antivirus is a free solution that helps in removing malware and to avoid being infected by trojans, viruses and other malicious software that can harm PCs or mobile phones. Also, it's useful for finding lost phones.
    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Albert Simmons
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Highly rated and reviewed protection for all your devices. I have used this software many times and continue to use it to this day. The quality is good and its easy to use! On top of all of that there is no charge for the service!"
  5. 11

    #8Sophos

    Sophos

    Sophos is an antivirus and web filter software available both on Windows and Mac. It exposes and blocks suspicious threats and potentially harmful risks.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $60- Free trial available

    Mark Carroll
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "Sophos is a new kid on the block with some impressive credentials. Very good reviews from reputable publications. The interface is much simpler than most other antivirus programs. I think it's certainly worth a try."
  6. 10

    #9Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Kaspersky Total Security is a malware detection and removal tool developed by Kaspersky Lab. It is specifically designed for detecting and protecting a PC against harmful viruses, ransomware, anti-spyware programs, trojans, and other security threats.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $59.99

    Jesse Torres
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Been using this for quite a few years now. Great product! Haven't encountered any viruses or trojans on my lappy until now. 100% reliable! "
  7. 7

    #10Baidu Antivirus

    Baidu Antivirus
    Baidu is a free antivirus for Windows including an offline installer and a security suite.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Patrick Fox
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "After installing this on my system, my whole computer became too slow to use. I went through all the settings I could find and it didn't make any difference. Trying to find help was difficult because of the inane name of this, which is the same as the Chinese search engine equivalent to Google."
  8. 5

    #11Avira Free Antivirus

    Avira Free Antivirus
    Avira is an anti-virus software for Windows and Mac computers which features real-time protection against various malware, spyware, and adware, as well as blocking known threats and repairing damaged files.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jason Cooper
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "A lot of antivirus solutions provide a free version of their product, but they are often weak versions of the paid one and offer little help to the average user such as myself. I am pleased to say that I have used Avira’s free version on my MacBook Air and my Windows 10 desktop and they have run smoothly ever since. When I upgraded to the Pro version, not only was I able to use the product on all 5 of my devices, but I was also pleased to see the program was lightweight because it is cloud-based. This antivirus solution protects my whole family and their devices for one low price!"
  9. 5

    #12Panda Free Antivirus

    Panda Free Antivirus

    Panda Antivirus is a light, easy and trusted security tool with real-time threatens updates. This free antivirus software is compatible with Windows OS. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Shaurya Khan
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Computer viruses can really cause you harm and inconveniences at times.There was this time when I decided to use my computer yet I was aware I had no antivirus and you can imagine it did not end well.Am a fun of games and ever since I started using Panda Free Antivirus,I can play my games without fear because am protected.It is the best and a trusted security tool that is worth my time."
  10. 3

    #13HitmanPro

    HitmanPro
    HitmanPro needs less than 5 minutes to scan your computer and delete any malware it finds
    Software

    Windows

    $24.95- Free trial available

    Patricia Crawford
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "If only it were true! I downloaded HitmanPro on my previous computer (notice "previous"). Supposedly, it started picking up on viruses immediately - looked like I had the sickest computer in the world. It crashed three days later. Funny thing is, it had been working fine for the three years before I downloaded the program."
  11. 2

    #14Adaware

    Adaware

    Adaware offers security and privacy solutions like antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and ad-blocking tools. They were formerly known as Lavasoft.  

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $48

    Wei Xie
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Adaware seems to be an average, maybe even slightly below average, antivirus program. It seems to not be anything special in terms of how it performs on virus detection tasks, and it has few other security-related features that you might appreciate, or even expect, Even though it is free, there are other alternatives that are free as well. I would maybe recommend trying another program - many options are available."
  12. 2

    #15Microsoft Security Essentials

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Microsoft Security Essential is a basic standalone free antivirus for Windows.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Rebecca Robinson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "It's really easy to install and super simple to use. Quietly runs and does not disturb me using the computer normally. Plus it's completely free! "
  13. 0

    #16Kaspersky Total Security

    Kaspersky Total Security

    Kaspersky Total Security is a malware detection and removal tool developed by Kaspersky Lab. It is specifically designed for protecting a device against harmful viruses, ransomware, anti-spyware programs, trojans, and other security threats.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.99- Varies by plan

    Rahul Rajput
    Written on February 5, 2019
    "i recommend itbecause my personal experiance about kaspersky total protection. and also i used this for since 1 year. thanks."
  14. 0

    #17HitmanPro.Alert

    HitmanPro.Alert
    Subscription-based elite protection against viruses and malware.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Trial

    Dylan Lane
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "It's getting to the point where I feel like I need to beat antivirus programs off with a stick. They all want to sell me something. And not just their own service, they want me to buy add on services from them. And they want to sell me stuff from their marketing partners. Even after I buy one, that one still keeps after me. And are any of these paid programs better than the free ones? Nope, not that I've seen. And I see a lot of AV software at work, since I temp and move between offices a lot. My free AV works just as good as the paid ones, and doesn't spam me any more than the others. If they're going to bother me with ads, I might as well not be paying for it."
  15. 0

    #18Avast Mobile

    Avast Mobile

    Our favorite free malware app. You'll get malware protection and also full scans, privacy advisor, customizable blacklist, and many more features.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jacob Knight
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "After hearing about my boss having virus trouble on his Android phone, I felt it was necessary to find a good antivirus app for my phone. I did some intense research and finally settled upon the Avast Mobile Security app. It is a free app that provides all of the antivirus benefits that I need. It is able to provide full scans and provides protection from all forms of phishing attacks. I highly recommend this app to anyone with an Android phone. "
  16. 0

    #19AVG Antivirus

    AVG Antivirus
    Complete, quick and efficient, AVG is a security tool with plenty of features and a friendly interface.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Samuel Russell
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "I have used other antivurs software before but had problems using those. But ever since I have used AVG I do not encounter problems anymore. I would definitely consider buying this once I see if it is really helpful."
  17. 0

    #20Malwarebytes

    Malwarebytes

    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Hemant Nair
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "This can easily be installed that can remove annoying adware and toolbars. However, this should never be your only antivirus software installed in our PC, although it can be helpful when you experience a malware disaster. "
  18. 0

    #21ClamWin

    ClamWin

    ClamWin is a free Antivirus software for Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Me, 2000, 98 and Windows Server 2012, 2008 and 2003. It is easy to manage and is unnoticeable while keeping your system free for viruses. 


    Software

    Web, Windows

    Free

    Matthew Patterson
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "In the never-ending fight against malware (including viruses and trojans), there are essentially two options: the highly-regarded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and everybody else. ClamWin falls firmly and squarely into the "everybody else" category. Its biggest positives are just that it's free and open-source, so you can download and try using the program without having to worry about it nagging you to "buy the full version" or whatever. Nevertheless, its detection rates are and always have been abysmal. You'll almost always never find any malware on your computer using this program, even if you have some. Worse still, the program only gets new versions once in a blue moon. I wouldn't even bother with this program, to be honest."
  19. 0

    #22McAfee Mobile Security

    McAfee Mobile Security

    McAfee Mobile Security is an app to protect your phone from harmful attacks. The app lets you locate your lost device and speed up your smartphone or tablet. It comes with military grade 256-bit encryption to protect user activity.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sanvi Kadam
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "The one thing that causes me the most trouble with my smartphone is the fact that it is at risk for viruses. Even if I take all the precautions in the world, I still feel I am vulnerable to getting a virus on my smartphone. I tried many antivirus apps, but I like Mcafee Mobile Security the best because of the superb protection from viruses it provides"
  20. 0

    #23Norton Security and Antivirus

    Norton Security and Antivirus

    Norton Security & Antivirus is a security app for Android devices. This tracking app offers you security in order to avoid malware. Also, it offers services if you have lost your phone.    

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alice Porter
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "Very useful. This notified me of a virus that is using my email address to send the check to the thing that is using my email and password for Netflix and chill with a friend who is a good sleep with you tonight if you want to come over for a little while I have a lot of time"
  21. 0

    #24Avira Mobile Security

    Avira Mobile Security

    Protect yourself from mobile threats with this security app. You will be able to stop spies from seeing your camera, identify apps that may compromise your privacy, and remove adware from your phone. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jennifer Henry
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I feel so much better having this app. I do a lot of surfing as well as business on this phone. I need to know it's safe. I also like knowing I can find my phone if I lose it one day. I haven't had to take advantage of it yet, but I know if/when I do, it'll be there for me."
  22. 0

    #25Lookout Security & Antivirus

    Lookout Security & Antivirus

    Lookout Security & Antivirus is a safety solution for mobile phones that helps users increase their security with its antivirus, wifi security connection, breach report, and many other features. It can also help users locate their phone.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Henry Ray
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "While looking for the best antivirus app for my Android phone I came across Lookout as one that is highly recommended. I'm glad I found it; it has helped prevent several viruses from gaining access to my phone. There are other similar apps that are also excellent (many different features that may be suited for your particular desires), but Lookout is a great option that really works well."
  23. 0

    #26CM Security AppLock

    CM Security AppLock

    Security Master is an Antivirus, AppLock, and Booster all-in-one app for Android, developed by Cheetah Mobile. The app offers 24/7 real-time protection as well as improve performance for mobile phones. It can also secure VPN connection.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- Includes micropayments

    Ronald Rice
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "CM security applock antivirus looks like a great idea for antivirus protection on the phone. I would be interested in trying out antivirus for my android phone since I would hate to get a virus and who knows what they can do with your phone once they have it. Looks like a great app overall and I would be interested to try. Great thing about it is that it's free."
  24. 0

    #27AVL Pro Antivirus & Security

    AVL Pro Antivirus & Security
    AVL Pro is a heavily armed security framework based on the AVL engine. It acts like a radar with microscope which gives you an insight of the security details and tries to help you become an expert of your own. You can use it to identify the security threats among your looks-good apps, and also you can act like a mobile malware analyst to catch the bad guys.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Dhruv Balasubramanium
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "AVL Pro Antivirus & Security provides a free option for keeping your device free of malware. The heavily armed security framework put my mind at ease. My phone actually feels secure due to this great antivirus app."
  25. 0

    #28360 Security

    360 Security
    This security and antivirus app will make sure your phone stays free of malware, adware and anything you don't want in your phone. It also features applocks, private browsing and many other features to keep you safe while surfing the internet. 



    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Christine Nguyen
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "360 Security is one of the best antivirus apps out there for Android. It's free and has so many extra features to care for your phone. My phone can get really hot sometimes and this app has a cool-down feature that works. I've also never had any viruses or malware on my phone because of this app. "
  26. 0

    #29AMC Security - Antivirus and Boost

    AMC Security - Antivirus and Boost
    AMC security is a android antivirus and security app that will make your android device safer, faster and cleaner thanks to its complete features.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    George Morgan
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I have long used an antivirus application for my PC. However, I have been lately worried about my Android phone being infected by a virus. Recently, I downloaded an antivirus application called AMC Security which has made me less worried about my phone being infected. "
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    #30Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    A basic but worthwhile app. If you don't have time to configure complex features, the Kaspersky app it's all you need to protect your phone. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Martha Garza
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This setup is great for a novice user. It is ready to go right out of the gate and doesn't take a Computer Science degree to set up. It is very intuitive and simple to use."
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    #31Intrusta

    Intrusta

    Intrusta is an anti-malware and anti-spyware tool which will protect your digital footprint from all types of malware and viruses. It also has advanced anti-ransomware protection and anti-adware. 

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $19.99- $44.99

    Laura Alvarado
    Written on February 5, 2019
    "A friend of mine recommended this antivirus software to me when i told him that my laptop has a virus which led me to reformat my laptop. Good thing he was able to back up my files on my laptop and he installed this. Because of this i no longer get virus on my laptop. "

Summary

Best What are the best antivirus programs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Norton Security PremiumSoftware 27 Paid
2Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 21 Free
3McAfee Total ProtectionSoftware 17 Free
4Webroot Secure AnywhereSoftware 14 Paid
5360 Total SecuritySoftware 13 Free
6Avast AntivirusSoftware 12 Free
7AVG AntiVirus Software 11 Free
8SophosSoftware 11 Paid
9Kaspersky Anti-VirusSoftware 10 Paid
10Baidu AntivirusSoftware 7 Free
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