Security experts and users alike consider a variety of aspects when selecting an antivirus program, apart from its security features. Things like cost and system impact, usability, compatibility and the personal judgment of the business practices of a company are all important elements which can play a significant role in a person’s decision to pick an antivirus software.
The German-based Avira is a good choice for anyone in need of an antivirus suite with solid test results and the option of billing monthly. The antivirus program scores impressive scores in all categories. It also comes with a number useful extras like a password management tool. Avira’s scans are light in background effect and are not particularly resource-heavy. The speed of full-scan scans is reduced by 53 percent. This is among our most significant results.
Our top picks are not perfect. Kaspersky can slow down your PC by up to 53% thanks to its powerful background effect, while Avast is only a little slower at 44 percent. On the other one hand, Bitdefender has an excellent free version and a robust subscription-based AV service that is a top independent lab for testing scores. Its feature set is extensive and includes a VPN, which helps it stand out from the rest of the pack.
The top-rated paid AV software are F-Secure, McAfee Total Protection, and Trend Micro Internet Security. Microsoft Defender, the built-in antivirus that is included with Windows 10 and 11, is relatively light, only having an impact on background of 9percent. However, it may cause significant system slowdowns while performing full system scans.