We dissected and compared subscription and free anti-virus software for effectiveness, efficiency, and design.
It's time for Tom’s Guide to give you a complete guide to the best anti-virus offerings on the market, including commercial and freeware alternatives.
Anti-virus software has become a tool that you just can’t live without as it’s used everyday on every PC (or it should be). There are many kinds of software available, all of which different companies make with different price tags. Faced this wide range of possibilities, the non-professional user can often feel lost due to a lack of reliable information with which he or she can make intelligent purchasing decisions.
To help you out, we testes the latest versions of the 15 most used anti-virus offerings: Kaspersky, Panda, McAfee, Comodo, Norton, Trend Micro Pc-Cillin, Avira Antivir, Bit Defender, G-Data Total Care, Eset Smart Security, AVG, Clamwin, F-Secure, and Avast! Home Edition.
- One-Stop Comparison for 14 Anti-Virus Titles
- Anti-Virus Basics
- Comodo Internet Security v3.8: The Newbie
- Avira Antivir Personal Free Edition v9.0.0386: The Best of the Freebies
- Clamwin Free Antivirus 0.94.1: Open Source Protection Software
- Avast! 4.8 Home Edition Free: The Classic
- BitDefender Total Security 2009: A Balanced Choice
- F-Secure Internet Security 2009: A Disappointment
- Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet Security Pro 2009: A Reasonable Option
- McAfee Internet Security 2009: Very Complete
- Norton Antivirus 2009: The Choice For Ease and Simplicity
- Panda Global Protection 2009: An Outsider Who’s Left In The Dust
- G-Data Total Care 2009: The Heavy Weight Of Security
- ESET Smart Security 4 (Nod32 Antivirus 4): A Positive Evolution
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2009: A Half-Colored Version
- AVG Internet Security v8.5 (paid version): An Insufficient Evolution of What You Can Get For Free
- The Verdict
- The Test Protocol