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What Anti-Virus should I use to protect my PC?

Updated on March 16, 2011

When you are using Personal Computer (PC) either it is a laptop or a desktop, Anti-Virus is one of essential component of defender. Hijacker can plant a worm or backdoor or Trojan or malware/virus. My computer usually has antivirus & firewall installed. This software can protect you PC. I usually follow a review by independent lab that has tested the anti-virus effectiveness. One of these labs is AV-Comparatives. Recently, the lab has published an Anti-Virus Comparative – Proactive/retrospective test on February 2010 (also updated on May 2010).

In this article, I will try to provide summary about the tests. Test was done on the following Anti-Virus:

As you might know, most Anti-Virus products claim their software engine is the best. AV comparative tests were done by having longer test period, and more sample size and used samples. This method can provide better understanding of the software engine effectiveness. Also noted in the article, if the Anti-Virus is being updated frequently, most of the virus threat will eventually be detected by the Antivirus. The test was only done to check the on-demand detection capability.

From the article, I have created a table to show how effective the Anti-Virus to detect the new threat. 

Antivirus List

(click column header to sort results)
No  
Type of Antivirus  
Version  
Certification Level  
# false positives  
Total effectiveness  
1
TrustPort Antivirus 2010
5.0.0.4087
Advanced+
few
63%
2
G DATA AntiVirus 2010
20.2.4.1
Advanced+
few
61%
3
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010
9.0.0.736 (a.b)
Advanced+
few
59%
4
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0
1.0.1611.0
Advanced+
very few
59%
5
AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9
9.0.0.457
Advanced+
few
53%
6
F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010
10.12.108
Advanced+
very few
52%
7
ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus 4.0
4.0.474.0
Advanced+
very few
52%
8
BitDefender Antivirus 2010
13.0.19.347
Advanced+
very few
50%
9
eScan Anti-Virus 10
10.0.1058.644
Advanced+
very few
50%
10
Panda Antivirus Pro 2010
9.01.00
Advanced
many
63%
11
K7 TotalSecurity 10.0
10.0.0025
Advanced
very many
50%
12
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2010
17.5.0.127
Advanced
few
43%
13
AVG Anti-Virus 9.0
9.0.733
Advanced
few
34%
14
Sophos Anti-Virus 9.0
9.0.3
Advanced
few
32%
15
avast! Free Antivirus 5.0
5.0.396
Advanced
few
29%
16
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2010
14.0.306
Standard
many
38%
17
Norman Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.30
7.30
Standard
many
27%
18
Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010
17.50.1366.0000
Standard
many
26%
19
PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AV 7.0
7.0.0.514
Standard
few
17%
20
Kingsoft Antivirus 2010
2010.02.10.01
None
many
11%

The AV Comparatives’ table shows the proactive on-demand detection capabilities of the various Anti-Virus products, sorted by detection rate.

Advance+ & Advance certification

In summary, I would recommend to choose from two of these certification level, preferably Advance+ certification level. The advance+ certification Anti-Virus includes TrustPort, G Data, KAspersky, Microsoft, Avira, ESET NOD32, F-Secure, BItDefender, eScan. This would guarantee your PC is better protected.

What Anti-Virus do I use?

I have been recently using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010. I also use Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 which include firewall and Anti-Virus. I really like the software. It is very light on computer memory. It can operate in background while I’m working on other stuff such as watching movies, surfing, playing games etc.

From time to time, you can get Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Free after rebate. Recently, there has been a deal for $60.00 with $60 rebate. This makes essentially the cost of Kaspersky Anti-Virus free. You can typically find a great deal from deal website such as slickdeals etc. Usually, the license key will last for 1 year.

Before, I have been using Trend Micro AntiVirus and McAfee AntiVirus, however I have never satisfy with their performance. On several occasions, my laptop was hijacked by hacker and Trojan Virus was found. I need to reformat my laptop to get the pristine condition. To prevent this you need a good defender.

I don’t have any budget to buy an Anti-Virus. Now What?

There is no reason why you don’t use any Anti-Virus if you are using a PC. While most of the Anti-Virus is not free, you typically can get Anti-Virus for free with your purchase of new hardware such as laptop from Dell or HP or Acer. Otherwise, you can choose from the following list of free Anti-Virus:

1. AVG Anti-Virus

AVG Free provides you with basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows and is available to download for free. This is a basic version of AVG premium. Protection against viruses and spyware (antivirus and antispyware). It compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000.

2. Avast Anti-Virus

The avast! Free Antivirus is the minimum protection for your PC — it provides great protection against viruses and spyware. This is a basic version of Avast Pro Anti-Virus.

3. Avira AntiVir

Basic protectionProtects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers.New: Generic repair. Currently available in 9 languages. You can also purchase Avira AntiVir Premium and Avira Premium Security Suite for premium service.

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      mtsi1098 

      7 years ago

      Norton is the king of antivirus tools but really norton internet security is better because it have email spam, firewall and virus protection...thanks for the list

    • chan0512 profile imageAUTHOR

      chan0512 

      7 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Michelle, Thanks for your kind words. Please check my other article about antivirus and computer in general.

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      Michelle Izmaylov 

      8 years ago

      Very helpful! I'll definitely refer back to this hub when I'm shopping for an antivirus program in the future!

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