Antivirus software are programs installed on a computer (or through the cloud such as the Panda Cloud Antivirus) which are used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, adware, spyware as well as including computer viruses, worms, and trojan horses. Such antivirus software are usually bundled together with a Firewall and at times a Rootkit scanner. For example ESET’s Smart Security comes with a Firewall, an Antivirus and Antispyware whereas its NOD32 is solely an Antivirus software without a Firewall.
So sit back and have a look at some of the best antivirus softwares out there in the market.
ESET Smart Security 4 (ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4):
Easily the best antivirus out their, ESET’s NOD32 (when bundled with a firewall and antispyware is available as ESET Smart Security – and is what is recommended) is also one of the best performance wise. It consumes lesser memory than other Antivirus (or Security) software, is not cumbersome and functions in the background effectively. Of particular note is its Firewall which also displays what applications are using the network. For individuals who want a robust security software that is also simple and straightforward – ESET Smart Security 4 is it. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of ESET’s Smart Security 4, get it now – although you’ll have to fork over some cash!
AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2011:
The only free antivirus (no trials, no ads and the largest user base) AVG is literally a legend in the world on Antivirus. In fact, Googling Antivirus software results in the AVG Free website as the first option – with the next two results also pointing to AVG. This Czech company has created one of the best free antivirii out their – and continues to do so. What’s more, AVG has a freely downloadable Rootkit scanner (Rootkits are ‘pests’ that avoid detection by many Antivirii).
Download : AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2011
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011:
Several years ago McAfee was all the rage – in the era in which the Antivirus market was more or less saturated by Norton Antivirus and McAfee. After AVG’s debut – and subsequent release of other free antivirus such as Avira and Avast’s Free Edition, McAfee seemed to have dropped slightly down the radar – but isn’t far gone. It still has a good following added to its highly acclaimed Site Secure website that provides information on security status of a website. Some features of the 2001 are:
- Anti-virus software
- Anti-spyware software
- Anti-phishing software
- Two-way Firewall software
- Website Safety Ratings
Download: Mcafee Antivirus 2011
Norton Antivirus 2011:
One of the earliest and perhaps oldest Antivirus software out their, Norton is still alive and well. With a newly released 2011 version, and betas of both the Antivirus and Internet Security availables for free download, Symantec has focused more on Internet Security and web based threats (which is exactly where most threats come from and propagate).
“Last year we had reputation-based security for downloads from Internet Explorer and Firefox, and now we’re incorporating all the browsers, including Chrome, Opera, Safari,” so says Dan Nadir in a PC World interview.
It looks like this Symantec product is exactly what all those internet paranoid (and rightly so) individuals need.
Download : Norton Antivirus 2011 – Free Beta
Kaspersky Antivirus 2011
Touted by some as the most effective antivirus, Kaspersky is also part of the top 5 Antivirus. With it’s 2011 version already out, Kaspersky has rolled out some new changes (with the Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 software available separately).And as Kaspersky states on it’s website ;
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011will not just sit idle until the PC becomes infected, the new versions provide real-time proactive protection – constantly monitoring the system to detect any type of potential threats and prevent any destructive activity.
Download: Kaspersky Antivirus 2011
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