They can be anything from stealing your hard disk space to accessing your private data and draining your CPU. There are a variety of anti-virus software available to safeguard your gadgets from these problems. It is important to select an anti-virus that has minimal impact on system performance. This is the primary factor that all of our antivirus programs are tested against. The results are based on the length of time it takes each product to complete an operation. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, for example, had a background effect of just 6% when running a full scan, while ESET had an effect of 12%.

Avira is a German-based company. Avira is well-known in our tests and consistently performs above 90% in all three categories: Performance, Protection and Usability (False Positives). Its user interface offers a wide range of features and features, including a sophisticated “firewall” and various privacy tools. Avira subscriptions are priced per month rather than for a set time period of 1-3 years. This makes it much easier to cancel your subscription or make adjustments at anytime.

Essentware, previously known as PCKeeper is a fairly new name to our tests. It runs the Avira Engine in the background. Overall it scored quite well. Its performance and interface are both simple to use but some issues with stability that resulted in scanning jobs freezing that have led to a lower rating. However, detection was quite good and a flawless run through the certification sets earned it a VB100 award.

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