What's the best antivirus options?

Antivirus is a must now days for any computer connected to the internet which begs the questions: 'What is the best free antivirus? as well as 'What is the best paid antivirus?'
Well if you read below we tell you what our opinion is of the options out there and what we think is the better options for the average user and why.

How we tested each was based on the interface and usability, we tested on load when scanning and tested against a few different spyware and viruses to see how it reacted to detects and sanitisation.

To save you from having to read the whole thing we've put our recommendations at the top. We haven't been sponsered by any of the companies mentioned and these are just our personal favorites.

Our Winners for top antivirus software

Type (Free/Paid)Antivirus namePriceWhyLink
FreeKaspersky$0.00Out of the ones tested Kaspersky seemed to pick up the most malware we tested whilst being light enough weight to not slow down the system. This too would of taken out best paid also if we were covering internet security suite but being purely antivirus it holds it purely for free https://usa.kaspersky.com/free-antivirus
PaidBit Defender$35Our choosing of this one was due to it having great detection of malware for a good price (allowing for up to 3 devices), and that $44.99 doesn't just give you antivirus, it also gives you a password manager, secure browser and VPN client software which is a nifty bonus for the cost https://www.bitdefender.com.au

Free Antivirus options

AVG antivirus
AVG

Now AVG has been around for a while and has been the go to for a lot of people installing antivirus for it's size and simplicity of installing over the years that has changed and it's definitely stepping up when it comes to what it was, it's additional malware detection is nice but doesn't seem to have the best detection, but it's worth noting with a free antivirus you're not going to get the same protection as paid.

Rating: 4.5/10


Avira antivirus
Avira

Another good little free antivirus software that's been around for years - and for good reason, it is quite small, simple and to the point. There is no un-needed bloat to the application, now although it seems they've kept reducing bloat in mind this has changed from the original simple design to pack in more features to make a rather sharp and simple looking gui.

Rating: 5.0/10


Kaspersky antivirus
Kaspersky

A lot of you may know that kaspersky has a paid antivirus and internet security but not many will know of their free antivirus, and this would be in part that they don't exactly advertise it that well. The interfact much like Avira's is a simple single dialog screen, if anything the dialog might be even more simple as Kaspersky opted to break up the sections to be that bit more simple of usage. On the detection side of it in our testing worked quite well for a free antivirus and with the style, loading and effectiveness has gotten our top spot for free av.

Rating: 8.2/10


Paid Antivirus options

Bit Defender antivirus
Bitdefender Antivirus

This antivirus is probably one of the more affordable antivirus out of the lot, it's got a great interface, decent detection but overall the price of $35/year for up to 3 computers is a brilliant price for what it is, as expected from a paid antivirus detection is of course better, it has got a password management system with just a minor issue of being a bit resource hungry.

Rating: 9.0/10


Eset Nod32 antivirus
Eset Nod32 Antivirus

We thought we'd give this a mention, feature wise it is lacking, there is no password management or firewall that some tend to have default and the interface isn't great and seems a bit more technical than it needs to be. On top of all that the malware detection isn't he best and is a bit pricey. So what is the upsides? Well, it is light on resources and seems to be stable.

Rating: 3.0/10


Eset Nod32 antivirus
Norton Antivirus

Norton is another quite well regarded antivirus used by businesses and individuals alike, it does have decent malware detection and a password management system. The upside is Norton improved on the resource management issues it used to have but that doesn't take away from the fact that system scans are still a bit slow and it is lacking in some features when put against some others.

Rating: 7.0/10



Linux/MacOS X

Clam antivirus
ClamAV

For those of you running linux wondering if there is an option for you there certainly is, ClamAV a free open srouce antivirus for windows, linux, and MacOS X, this antivirus software has been around for some time now and has only been improving, a great free antivirus for linux and mac users alike

Rating: 8.9/10



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