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Top Ten Antivirus Ranking

Updated on September 9, 2012

2012 Top Antivirus Rankings

Top Ten Antivirus 2012

Here is the list of the best antivirus and security software of all times. Among the top are BitDefender, ESET, Norton, F-Secure, Kaspersky, TrendMicro, AVG, Avira, Zonealarm, Panda security and more. We will be running comparisons between different versions of the same security software, for eg., 2011 version vs 2012 version. We will be also comparing between the capabilities of different security software, for eg., BitDefender vs Norton. Based on the performance of various different antivirus security software, we will give them scoring. The factors on which we will score antivirus software: Speed, stealth, detection, link scanning, removing virus, updates, blocking bad websites, blocking phishing attempts, technical support and lots more factors. These are the antivirus programs we will be testing to come up with our top ten antivirus list:

Top Ten Antivirus 2012

1. BitDefender Antivirus 2012

2. McAfee Antivirus 2012

3. Kaspersky Antivirus 2012

4. ESET Antivirus 2012

5. Norton Antivirus 2012

6. F-Secure Antivirus 2012

7. Vipre Antivirus 2012

8. TrendMicro Antivirus 2012

9. ZoneAlarm Antivirus 2012

10. Panda Antivirus 2012

Other Antivirus Programs

Avira Antivirus 2012

Avast Antivirus 2012

Avanquest Antivirus 2012

G Data Antivirus 2012

Webroot Antivirus 2012

PC Tools Antivirus 2012

Comodo Antivirus 2012

CA Antivirus 2012

Norman Antivirus 2012

AVG Antivirus 2012

Sophos Endpoint Security 2012

Quick Heal Antivirus 2012

Microsoft Security Essentials 2012

Top Ten Antivirus Ratings

Most of these antivirus software have been tested extensively for their performance. The old versions have received ratings based on the performance to quickly detect viruses from infected systems and stop new viruses from infecting the computers. There is a very strong criteria that will be used to provide points to various antivirus software 2012. Another interesting factor that we are considering is the antivirus coupons, we will give scores to antivirus software companies that offer discount coupons from time to time. Although this is not a major factor, but many users value coupons because it is a good way to save money on security software. Although this factor will not inflate the original ratings, we are including it only to help people save money. These are the factors that will contribute to the scoring:

Speed: When it comes to computing, speed is an important aspect that we can't neglect. It has been reported that some antivirus software are much slower in comparison to other antivirus software. Which means, some antivirus programs slow down a computer. Computer users (specially gamers) like using antivirus software that does not degrade the performance of a computer system. They enjoy using the fastest antivirus software.

Stealth: Many viruses and spyware are designed to deactivate antivirus programs so that they are not detected. Antivirus software should quickly detect such a threat and stop the virus from harming the system files. Those antivirus software will receive higher score that can not only defend against known viruses but also protect a computer system from new and unknown virus and spyware.

Detection: A good antivirus program will quickly detect infection and will take the necessary steps to quarantine the infected files in order to stop the virus from spreading to other system files. Only if security software has the capabilities of detecting infection, it can stop a virus/spyware. So this is a major aspect of security software. Many poorly designed security software cannot detect all forms of threat. However, only those antivirus software will be included in our top ten antivirus 2012 list that are capable of detecting all sorts of threats.

Technical Support: We will also provide scores depending upon the type of technical support and customer service provided by the antivirus software manufacturer. Only those programs will receive higher ratings that are bundled with quality support. We will also count on the type of support available: phone, chat, email, etc. When your computer system is infected with virus, spyware or other forms of malware, you need quick assistance. That's when you need to contact someone who is technically equipped to assist you. Based on the quality of technical support, scores will be provided to various security software and hence will win a rank in our top ten antivirus 2012 list.

Price: Antivirus software should not be too costly, it should be reasonably priced. We will be comparing the price of antivirus software and will be providing scores based upon how cheap is the antivirus software. The cheapest and the best antivirus 2012 will receive higher rankings. People love saving money, so the cheapest antivirus software will receive higher scores.

These are some of the major factors we will be using to rate the best antivirus software of 2012. We will also include other factors like real-time scanning, frequency of updates, blocking phishing attempts, link scanning, IM protection, parental lock and lots more factors. However, we will majorly focus on the 5 key-points mentioned above. Based on these factors, we will provide our lab test reports that will show you which antivirus software is best for your computer in the year 2012. Most antivirus manufacturers will release their 2012 antivirus software sometime in May or June this year. If you have any questions or suggestions about this report of top ten antivirus 2012, please leave your review below by leaving a comment.

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      Macjohn009 4 years ago

      I like Comodo

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like McAfee.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like norton !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      LIKE !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @bram81: i go for avg

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Kaspersky is my choice. I have been using it for years with no problems at all.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      av comparatives dec 2011 test put norton 2012 at number 1.Norton is great and backs up its reputation.

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      Ben Z98 5 years ago

      @backupsoftwarereview: Yah Kaspersky is good but PURE is better than Internet Security because it has all its features and more. But choosing KIS is very good cuz PURE is expensive

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      backupsoftwarereview 5 years ago

      KIS 2012 is my favorite

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      themalwear 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, I have been using windows own anti virus and updates automatically from internet and is free of cost. So far it does detect viruses and I have no issues continuing using it. More information on various anti virus software and their rating can be found here AntivirusGuide

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really nice collection of best antivirus ,I also made a list of best Anti Virus Download why don't you read those here : http://goo.gl/a4SU9

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      bram81 5 years ago

      very informative and helpful!