A good, rather than great, antivirus program, McAfee’s entry this year thrusts itself into contention by offering handy identity protection tools not normally seen in an entry level product. Also included is a firewall, though its barely more effective than the one bundled with Windows. Protecting multiple computers with single licenses is a no-go at RRPs but tempting deals can often be found.
Far more than a standalone antivirus program, Norton Security comes with support for Macs and Android devices, a password manager, social media and diagnostic tools and much more besides. Highly rated by independent test labs, the price could definitely be right if you shop around for a good deal.
Kaspersky’s latest antivirus program may have a clunky interface but don’t let that put you off – underneath lies an exceptional addition to your security arsenal. Feature-rich, it scores highly in independent tests and comes with genuinely useful extra features including a handy rescue disk and virtual keyboard.
Highly rated across the board. Easy to use. Packed full of features including a Rescue Mode, social media protection and additional safeguards for when you make web-based payments or bank online. What’s not to like? You’ll want to read out other reviews for sure but when you have, you’ll be back because Bitdefender is the best bar none.
Running a free antivirus program is definitely a step up from using no protection at all but AVG Free does leave a little to be desired. Even though it takes every opportunity to persuade you to upgrade to the paid alternative, its mediocre malware detection and neutralisation results will likely convince you to keep your money in your pocket.