Top Ten Antivirus 2012

by Dev Duff on March 11, 2011

Antivirus software companies are working round the clock to improve their software to combat with virus and malicious codes over the internet. It is about time when antivirus firms are about to roll out their latest 2012 version of antivirus software. We are already testing the beta software to come up with our latest article on top ten antivirus 2012 so that you can install the best software and protect your computer. Since the numbers of viruses and malicious codes is increasing with a high pace, we will be testing all the leading antivirus and internet security programs aggressively to come up with our list of the top 10 antivirus software. In our top ten antivirus 2012 review we will be showing the test results of 20 different security software. By mid of 2011, most security software providers will launch their 2012 version of antivirus and security software. These are the antivirus programs we have short-listed for our review.

Top Ten Antivirus 2012

Here is the list of the best antivirus and security software of all times. Among the top are BitDefender, Vipre, Norton, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, TrendMicro, AVG, Avira, Zonealarm, Panda security and more. We will be running comparisons between different versions of the same security software, for eg., 2011 version vs 2012 version. We will be also comparing between the capabilities of different security software, for eg., BitDefender vs Norton. Based on the performance of various different antivirus security software, we will give them scoring. The factors on which we will score antivirus software: Speed, stealth, detection, link scanning, removing virus, updates, blocking bad websites, blocking phishing attempts, technical support and lots more factors. These are the antivirus programs we will be testing to come up with our top ten antivirus list:

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Top Ten Antivirus 2012

  1. BitDefender Antivirus 2012
  2. Norton Antivirus 2012
  3. Perfect Antivirus 2012
  4. Vipre Antivirus 2012
  5. ESET Antivirus 2012
  6. Kaspersky Antivirus 2012
  7. F-Secure Antivirus 2012
  8. TrendMicro Antivirus 2012
  9. ZoneAlarm Antivirus 2012
  10. Panda Antivirus 2012

Other Antivirus Programs

  1. McAfee Antivirus 2012
  2. Avira Antivirus 2012
  3. Avast Antivirus 2012
  4. Avanquest Antivirus 2012
  5. G Data Antivirus 2012
  6. Webroot Antivirus 2012
  7. PC Tools Antivirus 2012
  8. Comodo Antivirus 2012
  9. CA Antivirus 2012
  10. Norman Antivirus 2012
  11. AVG Antivirus 2012
  12. Sophos Endpoint Security 2012
  13. Quick Heal Antivirus 2012
  14. Microsoft Security Essentials 2012

Top Ten Antivirus Ratings

Most of these antivirus software have been tested extensively for their performance. The old versions have received ratings based on the performance to quickly detect viruses from infected systems and stop new viruses from infecting the computers. There is a very strong criteria that will be used to provide points to various antivirus software 2012. Another interesting factor that we are considering is the antivirus coupons, we will give scores to antivirus software companies that offer discount coupons from time to time. Although this is not a major factor, but many users value coupons because it is a good way to save money on security software. Although this factor will not inflate the original ratings, we are including it only to help people save money. These are the factors that will contribute to the scoring:

  • Speed: When it comes to computing, speed is an important aspect that we can’t neglect. It has been reported that some antivirus software are much slower in comparison to other antivirus software. Which means, some antivirus programs slow down a computer. Computer users (specially gamers) like using antivirus software that does not degrade the performance of a computer system. They enjoy using the fastest antivirus software.
  • Stealth: Many viruses and spyware are designed to deactivate antivirus programs so that they are not detected. Antivirus software should quickly detect such a threat and stop the virus from harming the system files. Those antivirus software will receive higher score that can not only defend against known viruses but also protect a computer system from new and unknown virus and spyware.
  • Detection: A good antivirus program will quickly detect infection and will take the necessary steps to quarantine the infected files in order to stop the virus from spreading to other system files. Only if security software has the capabilities of detecting infection, it can stop a virus/spyware. So this is a major aspect of security software. Many poorly designed security software cannot detect all forms of threat. However, only those antivirus software will be included in our top ten antivirus 2012 list that are capable of detecting all sorts of threats.
  • Technical Support: We will also provide scores depending upon the type of technical support and customer service provided by the antivirus software manufacturer. Only those programs will receive higher ratings that are bundled with quality support. We will also count on the type of support available: phone, chat, email, etc. When your computer system is infected with virus, spyware or other forms of malware, you need quick assistance. That’s when you need to contact someone who is technically equipped to assist you. Based on the quality of technical support, scores will be provided to various security software and hence will win a rank in our top ten antivirus 2012 list.
  • Price: Antivirus software should not be too costly, it should be reasonably priced. We will be comparing the price of antivirus software and will be providing scores based upon how cheap is the antivirus software. The cheapest and the best antivirus 2012 will receive higher rankings. People love saving money, so the cheapest antivirus software will receive higher scores.

These are some of the major factors we will be using to rate the best antivirus software of 2012. We will also include other factors like real-time scanning, frequency of updates, blocking phishing attempts, link scanning, IM protection, parental lock and lots more factors. However, we will majorly focus on the 5 key-points mentioned above. Based on these factors, we will provide our lab test reports that will show you which antivirus software is best for your computer in the year 2012. Most antivirus manufacturers will release their 2012 antivirus software sometime in May or June this year. If you have any questions or suggestions about this report of top ten antivirus 2012, please leave your review below by leaving a comment.

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my internet is sluggish and has issues updating antivirus software(only rare times is the internet good to me to download updates smoothly).., is zonealarm pro good enough or is there a better one?


Dev Duff

BitDefender is the best in my opinion but Zonealarm is good too.


Wayne Johnson

I have used Norton AV and 360 and both were system hogs when it came to slowing down the computers ability to process operations. I experienced my computer locking up when running other programs like Word and other Office programs that need a lot of RAM when you are doing complex documents. I also use computer aided design software which requires a great deal of processor resources when the program is running and Norton caused problems with that program as well.

I switched over to ESET NOD 32 after Norton allowed a virus to infiltrate the comuter and would not remove the file. After contacting Norton tech support and finding out that to get rid of the virus file they would need to access my computer remotely so a technician could manually remove the virus and it would cost me an additional $99 for their services I decided that Norton was junk. I decided to download the ESET 30 day free trial to see what it would do. After the install it not removed the virus that Norton was alerting me about, it also found six other files Norton did not even know existed on my computer and eliminated them as well.

Bang for the buck my vote goes hands down to ESET NOD 32 because since changing over to it five years ago I have not had one problem with viruses infiltrating my machine and the performance in terms of the computer processes with ESET running in the background is exceptionally good. Not to mention that renewing it for two years only costs me $16 per computer for a total of $48 on three machines.

It is a great product at a great price.



Bitdefender… No. 1!! it works smoothly in my PC and laptop.. unlike some antiviruses which slows down my comp.
Kaspersky is also good.. but I stopped using it when it became a reason why my computer didn’t start up well.. (^___^)



i m using avast antivirus .


amely hopes

kaspersky anti virus as well as Internet security are the best option in cheap price and a subtle performance



I have over 700 residential customers and 42 business in the Kansas City area. (from St. Joseph, Topeka, Belton Harrisonville, Richmond, other surrounding towns). I have tried them all and the best has been hands down Kaspersky with malwarebytes or superantispyware or hitmanpro as a secondary check. With giving customers advice on what on what to avoid and advicing customers of current threats but irus Kaspersky does the job. I do not believe in bells and whistles or other things they offer from others, I just want it to catch the virus.


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