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Anti-Virus Software Pros and Cons for better choice of protection

Updated on June 19, 2013

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PC Anti-virus software Pros and Cons

What is Anti-virus software? Antivirus software is a computer program that detects, prevents, and takes action to disarm or remove malicious software programs, such as viruses and worms. In general, it helps protect your computer against viruses.

In order for us to be protected from certain viruses we have to choose the right Anti-virus software for our PC, laptop, mobile etc.

How do we know what is the best Anti-virus software? Well we all know that every Anti-virus software has its own advantages and disadvantages and it's a good thing for us to know those things.

So here are some of those Pros and Cons about the different Anti-virus software that will help you choose the right Anti-virus software.

AVG antivirus software
AVG antivirus software

AVG Anti-Virus

- There is a free version
- Social Networking Protection
- Link Scanner
- Browser toolbar includes active Do Not Track technology.


- Many threats required manual cleanup.
- Rootkit scanner is separate from the AV itself.
- Not the best protection

AVIRA antivirus
AVIRA antivirus

Avira Antivirus

- Very good protection rates
- Very good email spam filter
- Not much impact on system performance
- Backup system.

- Weak against rootkits
- Weak against phishing
- Parental Controls is easily bypassed

Bitdefender Antivirus
Bitdefender Antivirus

Bitdefender Antivirus

- Autopilot mode offers silent security
- Very good protection
- Extremely good protection against phishing
- Private data protection
- Facebook protection
- Multi-device parental control.


- Cleanup of infested systems can take a long time.
- Very large installation files
- Can be quite heavy on slower computers

AVAST antivirus
AVAST antivirus

Avast! Antivirus


- Boot-time scan runs before malware can launch.
- There is a free version
- Reputation-based link scanning
- Virtual desktop and sandbox browsing
- Scriptshield blocks malicious scripts

- Sometimes does not thoroughly remove threats
- AutoSandbox sometimes fails to isolate

ESET NOD32 antivirus
ESET NOD32 antivirus


- Easy-to-navigate user interface
- Can scan while in safe mode
- Good malware detection rates


- Needed tech support help to remove one detected threat.
- Bad at malware-blocking
- Weak against rootkits

KASPERSKY antivirus
KASPERSKY antivirus


- Excellent protection rates
- Powerful firewall
- Saferun feature
- Top-notch phishing protection.


- Poor Anti-Spam
- Special and multiple scans take a long time.

McAfee antivirus
McAfee antivirus


- Not many annoying popups
- File Encryption
- Accurate spam filter

- Poor malware removal
- Weak against rootkits
- Poor detection rates

Norton Antivirus
Norton Antivirus

Norton Antivirus


- Excellent exploit blocking.
- Great protection rates
- Great firewall
- Accurate antispam
- Blocks phishing

- May block obscure items

PANDA antivirus
PANDA antivirus

Panda Antivirus


- Checks for missing Windows patches.
- Can install/scan in safemode
- RescueCD available
- Safe sandbox browser
- USB vaccine

- Sometimes does not thoroughly clean malware
- Weak firewall

VIPRE antivirus
VIPRE antivirus


- Decent protection
- Secure deletion utility
- History cleaner

- Tough to install on malware-infested systems
- Weak against rootkits

Now, what anti virus suite your needs? I gave you the Pros and Cons for better choice of choosing the best anti virus for your PC, laptop, mobile etc. and now its up on you to decide. Stay safe always both online and offline.

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    • ozguvenbilisim profile image

      G├╝ven Demirel 

      20 months ago from Turkey

      Best free antivirus ?

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      3 years ago

      thank you for info !

    • livewirez profile imageAUTHOR

      Romel Tarroza 

      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      @Minnetonka Twin, Thanks for voting this hub up...

      @Dream, you can try avast. Their newest version are very light weight with so much more feature to protect your PC..

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      5 years ago

      have been using avg free many yrs found out its using a ton of memory am thinking on getting avast have heard good things about it!

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I found this hub very useful. I had Kaspersky but recently the guy at Best Buy put on a Windows Anti-Virus for free and he said it's as good as Kaspersky-so far, so good. Voted up +++

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      Joseph Renne 

      5 years ago from Milton

      I love AVG Free. Used it for years, Now I just run Ubuntu so I do not have to worry about Viruses.

    • livewirez profile imageAUTHOR

      Romel Tarroza 

      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Thanks for dropping by dwachira.. Mostly of the free version of anti-virus doesn't give much protection on your PC. As what you have said there is a limitation for a free version.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi livewirez,

      Earlier days AVG was my option mostly because it was free :-) until i realized free things have limitations, now am on Kaspersky. Great article on AntiViruses. Voted up and useful.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks...Nice information...

    • livewirez profile imageAUTHOR

      Romel Tarroza 

      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Thanks for dropping kashmir56..

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub and awesome review of these anti-virus programs. Well done !

    • livewirez profile imageAUTHOR

      Romel Tarroza 

      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Your welcome.. Thanks for dropping by vespawoolf.

    • vespawoolf profile image


      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We use the free AVG program. Now that I see there are better options, I'm going to rethink my choice. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      I would like to convey about the antivirus am using too, I am using Comodo antivirus and its also acting good for my pc!

      So my vote is for comodo!

    • livewirez profile imageAUTHOR

      Romel Tarroza 

      5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Injurylawyer124 : thanks for dropping by.. Hope it helps you..

    • Injurylawyer124 profile image


      5 years ago from Issaquah, WA

      It is really good.


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