Top Anti-virus Tools: Find out Its Features, Pros, and Cons 11May Due to the numerous activities happening in our computer system, it is difficult to figure out if it has been infected by virus. That’s why we are using security software or anti-virus software. But, with the tons of security software brands available, how can you specify which software you need, and which brand will satisfy your needs? In our previous report, we discussed how scammers used malware to obtain access on their victims devices. Some online fraudsters use spear phishing, where they send malicious links to individual, organization or business to steal data for malicious purposes. Once the user click the link, a type of malware will be installed. In order to prevent data breaching and other system related problems, it is advisable to install a security software, anti-virus, and malware removal software. Anti-virus vs Anti-malware You’re not alone! Many people are confused with the differences of anti-virus and anti-malware programs. Obviously, both words differ in spelling. What makes you confuse is, both programs can scan for spyware, adware, and other threats. So even you are willing to purchase security software, you hesitate because you don’t know which among the programs to choose. If we talked about malware, it includes viruses, spyware, adware, nagware, trojans, worms, and more. This term is too broad to describe all sorts of unwanted or malicious code. Usually, brands that introduce themselves as “anti-virus” software focus on trendy malware because every year, there can be one or two malware will be born. Meanwhile, viruses are a specific type of malware, which are designed to replicate and spread. Since malware attack is usually in the headline, no wonder many people think their anti-malware tool also protects them from viruses, even when it doesn’t, and vice-versa. There are tons of security software available out there. In order to find out which security program suits your need, let’s discuss the popular tools, its features and cons. Avast! Free Antivirus Pros: Compatible with several platforms Avast is one of the easiest tools to get. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It is also compatible with Windows Vista and XP SP3 and as well with Mac computer (it must be running OSX) and even with Android device. Passed several tests Avast Free Antivirus 2017 has passed through several lab tests. Most results show great performance of the anti-virus. Some individuals and non-laboratory organizations agree with the positive results of Avast as they also conducted hands-on tests. Offers great features Avast Free Antivirus 2017 comes with additional security-related features such as a password manager, a Game Mode, Behavior Analysis technology, and behavior customization. These features are usually found in paid antivirus programs. Zero cost Avast Free Antivirus 2017 is completely free. If you want to enjoy more features, you may choose to upgrade to the paid version. Cons of Avast! Free Anti-virus: Limited password manager features Since it is free, expect there are limitations. Avast’s password manager doesn’t have all the features that its paid antivirus programs have. There’s no multi-factor authentication and password reset. Low anti-phishing score Although lab tests show Avast Free Antivirus 2017 has excellent antivirus protection, however, it’s not that great when it comes to anti-phishing. Complicated data sharing opt-out Most of us don’t want our data to be shared with others, even with Avast. However, Avast’s settings is complicated. It is difficult to know when your data are being shared with the company. You’ll need to take a few minutes to disable this feature. Bitdefender Pros: It can find and destroy malware with near-perfect precision. Provides on-access protection from viruses and other malware One of the easiest anti-virus programs to use. Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Virus definitions are updated regularly 64-bit versions are available Cons of Bitdefender It can only be used at home. It doesn’t offer business use No custom scanning options Kaspersky Pros: It has a virtual keyboard to protect against keyloggers. Cons Password management isn’t included with Internet Security, but it is available with the higher-priced Total Security software. McAfee Pros: The yearly subscription comes with unlimited licenses, which means users can protect all devices, including cell phones and tablets. Experts find McAFee as robust antivirus It has a spam filter with high efficiency Provides excellent Parental Controls It has a firewall Web protection dubbed as Siteadvisor or Webadvisor can detect phishing sites or malware-infected websites. Cons: McAfee doesn’t detect as many malware threats as other antivirus programs. Compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10. It doesn’t burden computer resources while scanning. Norton Pros: It detects and removes viruses without slowing down the computer. Installation is quick and easy. Cons: It tends to tag legitimate sites as possible internet threats. Fewer new features ESET Pros: Easiest to install and use. ESET NOD32 Antivirus functions as a protector your Windows computer from malware such as viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and rootkits. It recognizes ransomware ESET is good at differentiating between benign and harmful threats It doesn’t typically flag legitimate files as threats. Cons: Some tests found out that it uses a lot of computer resources while running. Slows down desktop/laptop if run at the same time as processor-intensive programs. Provide more internet security but less in antivirus protection. The latest ESET antivirus is ESET NOD32 Antivirus 11. Its goal to protect your device against malicious attacks such as viruses, rootkits, malware, ransomware, and phishing. ESET created an endpoint security system that comes armed with the right tools to keep the devices safe. If you want to purchase this antivirus software, don’t hesitate to contact Horizontech Computer Specialists. We can provide solutions for corporations, government, small business and home users.