Most people are put in sheer jeopardy, when they have to choose an antivirus program for their computer. The scenario is much like having to choose a bride among a group of girls; all look equally pretty, all promise they love you, that they would be always faithful to you and standby you, in bad times.
How do you know, which one to choose? Though, practically, it’s not a big deal. You can get away with any, but however choosing the best would make your life a hell lot sweeter and would avoid an aftermath of regressions.
So, when it comes to choosing a bride, err… I mean anti-virus, the obvious question that prevails is which one is better and why? Well, on the basis of some vivid benchmark tests, customer feedbacks, features and analysis, and a bit of personal experience, we compiled and analysed the most popular anti-virus programs on the internet and compared them head-on. Here’s a quick sneak-peek:
The most fundamental aspect of an anti-virus program would be to provide multi-faceted and multi-layered protection. Hence, the best anti-virus program should ideally provide protection against worms, Trojans, viruses, spyware and all types of potential internet threats.
However, viruses attack your system through various gateways and hence the best anti-virus program should include Real-time virus scanning, Email-scanner, Firewall and Browser plugins, and should also provide robust protection against threats like Key Loggers, Email-threats, Phishing scams and rootkits
The Winner: In this department, the winner undoubtedly is Kaspersky. It embeds all the aforementioned features and besides those, it comes loaded with a very comprehensive virus definition, which would scan and remove almost all types of viruses. The next best would be Trend Micro followed by Norton, and McAfee would be the last.
Resource Usage and Features
An anti-virus program, no matter how powerful, which sucks in the computer performance, thereby making it work incredibly slow and sluggish is of no good use. Hence, it’s eminent to have a light-weight anti-virus program which can run efficiently and silently in the background, without burdening the system resources too much.
The Winner: Norton antivirus- it is perhaps one of the most light-weight anti-virus applications ever developed. The Real-time scanning is very glib and effective. The next to follow would be Kaspersky, followed by Trend Micro and McAfee. We strongly recommend Norton Internet Security 2013.
It is very important to have an anti-virus program which chronically updates its database so as to provide unbound protection against latest security threats. Though all anti-virus programs do provide regular updates, we feel the winner in this department would be again Kaspersky Antivirus program.
This is solely due to the fact that Kaspersky has one of the most well-illustrated and comprehensive database of virus definitions which gets updated regularly, in order to provide you maximum protection.
The Winner: Kaspersky Antivirus.
The interface of the anti-virus program has to be unambiguous, straightforward, canny and easy to use. Besides, the installation process should be as smooth as silk. There is no point buying a powerful antivirus which has a highly complicated, sluggish interface, something which you won’t know how to use.
The Winner: Well, Kaspersky Antivirus loses the battle here. The interface is not as polished and as simple, when you compare it to other contemporary anti-virus software available in the market. The Winner in this department would be Norton Antivirus or Trend Micro. Both of them have an extremely simple and easy to use interface.
Help and Support
Another fundamental aspect of an anti-virus program would be the help and support. Often, there are occurrences when anti-virus program behave unexpectedly and you may need assistance in dealing with the same. The best anti-virus programs however provide features like Live chat, FAQ’s, Tutorials, email-support, all incorporated into a comprehensive help desk initiative.
The Winner: The winner in this department is Trend Micro. The anti-virus comes with a formidable help and support feature which would help you with almost anything. The next best would be McAfee followed by Norton and Kaspersky.
Verdict: Take a look at the analysis table below to get a preview of the statistics we have compiled for you. The winner however, based on cumulative statistics and analysis is Kaspersky Antivirus program.