Everyone with a computer needs antivirus, but with so many to choose from how can you pick which software is best for you?
Narrow down your options based on the operating system you use. If you’re planning to upgrade soon or downgrade, take that all into consideration.
Assess how you use your computer. Are you a heavy web surfer, a gamer or have an older computer? How you use your computer will dictate the level of protection you need. For example, a gamer will appreciate antivirus software that recognizes when games or media are being played and suppresses any non-essential alerts or activities. Someone with an older computer will likely need to be concerned with system impact and performance, as well as facing the added challenge of finding antivirus that supports the older operating system.
Detection, detection, detection. While you’re checking for certification, be sure to check out the test scores. Pick the antivirus software that consistently delivers the highest detection and proactive protection scores. After all, this is the main reason you’re getting antivirus software – to prevent and detect viruses.
Finally, evaluate. Narrow the selection down to 2 or maybe 3 antivirus scanners, then proceed to test each one. This may seem tedious, but it can save you a lot of anxiety (and hard-earned cash) if you take the time to try it first. No matter how well the antivirus software vendors try, every computer system is unique and some antivirus scanners may not play nice on your computer. It’s important to find this out before you make the purchase.