Who makes the best antivirus software? Every computer technician out there gets asked this time and time again by clients, friends, family members, and even other technicians. Opinions vary and it seems that there are two very different approaches when it comes to answering the question – what is the best antivirus program on the market and what is the best FREE antivirus program out there?
Based on our internal sales research and polling from our tech / repair departments, it seems that the most highly recommended free antivirus software in 2012 is Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials is distributed freely by Microsoft and can be downloaded here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials. According to their site their suite protects against “viruses, spyware, and other evil software”. The plus side to Security Essentials is the cost (FREE!), ease of use, and automatic updates. Reviews for Microsoft Security Essentials are generally positive with the major complaint out there being that Microsoft’s databases aren’t kept as up to date as some of the paid competitors and that Security Essentials can slow down your system a bit more than other antivirus programs.
On the paid side, the top 2012 antivirus software program is Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 – which conveniently comes in a 3-user format – letting you install it on all your computers and portable devices. Year after year Kaspersky has released incredible anti software with industry leading protection and performance ratings. What that means is that Kaspersky antivirus will not only keep your computer safe from the threat of viruses and malware, but it will also do it quickly! Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 is easy to use, works on every version of Windows from XP to Vista to 7, and their technical support is top notch. For 2012, we choose Kaspersky Antivirus as the best antivirus program out there. For even more protection you can opt to go with Kasperky’s more comprehensive suite, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 and be sure to view our antivirus protection software.