Making The Right Anti-Virus Choice

An increasing amount of people use Anti-Virus products every year, as it is important to do so. Some are certainly better than others and choosing the right Anti-Virus is important for many reasons. When considering an Anti-Virus product one should take these features into account.

  • Real-time Scanner
  • On-access Scanner
  • On-Demand Scanner
  • Heuristic Scanner
  • Compressed File Scanner
  • Scheduled Scans
  • Script Blocking
  • POP3 Email Scanning
  • Web-mail Protection
  • Instant Messaging Protection
  • Automatic Virus Updates
  • Automatic Program Updates

Here are some statistics on the top Anti-Virus programs for 2011. The statistics are done by AV-Test, an independent IT-Security Institute that does detailed test reports every year.

  • “Protection”: Covers static and dynamic malware detection, including real-world 0-Day attack testing.
  • “Repair”: Check the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail.
  • “Usability”: System slow-down caused by the tools and the number of false positives.

Personally I have always been a fan of Kaspersky, but within the last 4 years the top Anti-Virus products have been changing positions. Even Norton has gotten better and is less known for bloatware then what it used to be.

What Anti-Virus products do you guys recommend? Or do you believe these statistics to be quite accurate?


5 thoughts on “Making The Right Anti-Virus Choice

  1. Unfortunately there is no cure for all anti virus software. Other than self acquired results all results can be manipulated into certain companies favor. This is what I have seen so far.

    • True, I have seen plenty of biased reviews and statistics, but thats why the statistics that I provided were done by an independent IT-Security Institute. They are only concerned about the hard data, not sales.

  2. I myself use Kaspersky. To me having an all in one internet security suite is the easiest way to go because everything is in one place. On the other hand I know many others who prefer a stand alone firewall and stand alone anti virus software. It goes on user preference, and how tech savy the user is. The features you bring up defiantly should go into consideration when looking at internet security suites. One point I want to bring out is that there is no “Perfect” antivirus out there, and it is really up to the user as to how they stay safe on the internet. Be smart on the internet and stay away from ANYTHING that looks suspicious.
    I chose Kaspersky over many of the other choices beacause
    a) It has had a great reputation so I know its reliable
    b)it has sanboxie built in (Where I can run software without infecting my system and it gets rid of it entirely when I close it)
    c)Simple GUI

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