10 Best Antivirus Programs

by Dev Duff on May 28, 2011

I have been researching on the antivirus software since long and also published the top ten antivirus article last year which received a lot of popularity. Since I have not updated that article for long, I’m publishing this new article today. In this article I will share the 10 best antivirus programs and also the latest antivirus coupons to save you money on antivirus and security software purchases. These ultimate antivirus coupons and deals will be regularly updated so that you are the first to know about them. Companies spend millions each year to protect their computers. However, the home security antivirus programs are way cheaper. We do a lot of important things with our computers. For some it is a way to earn living. For some, it is a complete entertainment system. Many people do banking through computers, make their payments, pay bills and lots more. While you are over the internet, you need to be safe. A good antivirus software can efficiently protect your sensitive data and block the intruders who try to steal your information. So if you are also looking for the “10 best antivirus programs”, here they are with the reasons why they received these high ranks!

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10 Best Antivirus Programs

Antivirus Speed
(Scan speed)
Stealth
(Strength)
Ease of use
(Configuration)
Support
(Overall support)
BitDefender Antivirus
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5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Norton Antivirus
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4.5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Vipre Antivirus
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4.5 stars 4.5 stars 5 stars 5 stars
ESET Nod32 Antivirus
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4.5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars 5 stars
Kaspersky Antivirus
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4.5 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars 5 stars
F-Secure Antivirus
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5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars
McAfee Antivirus
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4.5 stars 4.5 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars
TrendMicro Antivirus
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4 stars 4.5 stars 4 stars 4 stars
Zonealarm Antivirus
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4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars
Panda Antivirus
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3.5 stars 3.5 stars 4 stars 4 stars

10 Best Antivirus Programs Testing

Here are the test results that I used to rank the “10 best antivirus programs” out of a list of 18 different antivirus programs:

  1. BitDefender Antivirus – Installation was breeze! Overall system scan completed in 28 minutes. System performance impact post installation: 5%. In my opinion, BitDefender antivirus has least impact on the system performance. On my test computer, it quickly found all the viruses and trojans and quarantined them quickly. Full system scan completed in just 35 minutes. Price is the lowest as compared to other antivirus software. 1 year 1 PC price is just $24.97
  2. Norton Antivirus – Norton Antivirus is one of the oldest antivirus program. The installation and configuration is smooth. System performance impact post installation: 8%. System scan completed in almost 40 minutes detecting all the viruses and malware. The updates are regular and doesn’t bother the user, all updates are downloaded and applied in the background. The price is a bit of concern, but we have a special price for Norton. Internet security software 1 year 1 user, special price $41.99.
  3. Vipre Antivirus – Installation was easy. Overall system scan completed in 33 minutes. System performance impact post installation: 8%. In my opinion, Vipre antivirus latest version is very effective in cleaning viruses and other malware while staying easy on the system resources. On my test computer, it found all the infection and removed it quickly. Full system scan completed in approximately 42 minutes. Price is also very low in comparison to other antivirus in this “10 best antivirus programs” list. 1 year 1 user license price is just $29.95.
  4. ESET Nod32 Antivirus – ESET Nod32 is well known for being the fastest antivirus software and internet security software. The installation and configuration was breeze too. System performance impact post installation: 6%. System scan completed within 35 minutes detecting all the viruses and malware. The updates are regular and doesn’t bother the user, all updates are downloaded and applied in the background. The price is a bit of concern, but still within the affordable limits.
  5. Kaspersky Antivirus – Kaspersky installation is the easiest! Full system scan completed in just 35 minutes. System performance impact is 8% (equivalent to McAfee) which is among the best. On my test computers, it found all the virus and malware but one trojan gave it hard time. The knowledgebase articles on Kaspersky website helped me remove the trojan quickly. Kaspersky scans your computer pretty fast and their technical support is commendable, so that’s another factor why it ranks high.
  6. Other Antivirus Programs – All the other antivirus programs completed full system scan in 35+ minutes on my test computer. Also, F-Secure antivirus surprised me with its fast speed, the system performance impact post installation was just 9%, whereas, the older versions had a greater impact on the system performance. Vipre antivirus was also great with installation and detecting all the viruses/malware.

Antivirus programs testing criteria

I considered various aspects of antivirus programs in order to find the 10 best antivirus programs so that you can benefit from my test results. I used the following metrics to test and rate antivirus software:

Speed: Speed is one of the most important aspects when it comes to computing. If an antivirus program makes your computer slow, it is not a good program. Antivirus programs should protect a computer system without stressing the system resources. Also, the full system scan should take less time, not hours.

Stealth: The ultimate goal of an antivirus program is to detect/block viruses, malware and harmful codes. Antivirus software should detect old and new viruses and efficiently block them before the system is compromised. The updates should be regular and should install silently without bothering the user.

Ease of use: The software should be beautifully designed so that computer users can install it and easily configure it. Also, the antivirus software should be available in different languages so that a user can select a language based on their location.

Support: In case, you need assistance, the antivirus software manufacturer should provide adequate support to answer questions and provide quality assistance. Most popular antivirus manufacturers provide support from different platforms: chat support, email support, phone support, etc.

Price: Let’s not forget about the cost of the antivirus software. The program should be rightly priced and should be within the affordable limits of the end user. Antivirus software should be cheap in terms of price!

These are the factors that I have considered while testing the 10 best antivirus programs and my ranks are based on all of the above mentioned 5 factors. Once again, the above mentioned rankings are based on my computer lab tests. If you wish to add your opinion, please write a comment below. If this article was useful and if my antivirus ratings have helped you in any way, please share this article with your friends and family.

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Damian

Dev, I’m so happy to read this review! Very precise and accurate list of the 10 best antivirus programs. I have also read your top ten antivirus list which is quite helpful. But this list has everything anyone needs to know about the best antivirus software! While I agree with you that BitDefender blocks all viruses, sometimes it gives false warnings. Recently, it gave a lot of false warnings and detected system files as questionable files. I was also affected but their support is ultimate, the BitDefender team helped me fix the problem. I’m a happy BitDefender user. Thanks for the good work!

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Prince Willson

Wow, great list of the ten best antivirus programs. My main requirement is that the antivirus program should be fast, it should not slow down my computer. I have used the trial version of Norton but I was not impressed. The computer loads to the desktop in double the time it used to take earlier. I also felt sluggishness while opening files and programs. I’m about to buy the BitDefender antivirus, lets see how good is it. Thanks for sharing your research, appreciate your work.

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Shermaine

Good review, thank you for sharing. I am looking for the fastest antivirus program. I tried the AVG free but it sucked in detecting viruses. Also, I hated it because every time it installs updates, it asks me to restart my computer. I’ll try the Bitdefender antivirus pro 2011 and see if it works for me.

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Javed Mehmood

I like Vipre antivirus, I have been using it since 2 years and never ran into any problem. It is wonderful, fast and blocks all viruses.

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Shalu

Excellent review of the best 10 antivirus programs! Thank you for researching on 18 antivirus programs, must be a lot of work. Thank you Dev Duff for the help.

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Paul Salmon

Nice list. Have you tested any free antivirus products? I have heard some good things with some of the free offerings that are available such as Avira, and Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Software reviews

Hello there, Very good list of best antivirus programs. I published a list of the 10 best antivirus programs of 2012 that you may find useful. Appreciate the good work! Keep it up Dev!

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Pardeep

norton antivirus is best than other but make computer slow.. so i mostly use Mcafee thats best for me… helpfull list

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oscar hopman

what is the best antivirus for my computer samsung n150 windows 7 starter.

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