Which Antivirus Should You Choose?
This is something we discuss with our customers all the time.
It seems like everyone has a slightly different opinion on “Which antivirus is the best?” The fact that it seems no two people agree proves one very important point that most people miss – No antivirus is perfect. Meaning, no matter what antivirus you have, it is not a sure-fire, fool-proof guarantee that you will never get a virus. There simply is no such software. If there were such a thing, everyone would agree on “What is the best antivirus?” because there would only be one! All the others would fade away because they weren’t as good.
An antivirus is like a seatbelt in your car. You definitely want to put it on before you start driving, similar to the way you want to have an antivirus software before you get on the Internet. It is important to note that putting on a seatbelt will help you in case of an accident. It does not prevent accidents. Antivirus softwares are the same way. They do not prevent virus infections; they are designed to help you in case of a virus infection.
So, the question is: “Which antivirus will help you the most in case of an infection.
We battle with viruses all the time at Computer Depot. It’s probably half of what we do. People get click-happy and they click on things that are flashy and “free,” then they bring their computers to us to get them out of the mess. I do not mean to be boastful, but our opinion should carry some weight, because we do this all the time.
Our opinion: Panda Antivirus Pro. Let me briefly explain why.
Within the past two months, we have ran scans with NOD32, Kaspersky, TrendMicro, Avast, and AVG Antivirus. This is not all of them, but it is some of the heavy competitors. After scanning customers’ systems with these antiviruses, we have scanned the same computers with Panda. The result: Panda ALWAYS found anywhere from 2 to over 100 different infections that the other antivirus missed.
You may have noticed that we did not mention McAfee or Norton. These are two real heavy hitters in the antivirus world, because so many companies offer them for free–through Internet service providers or similar services. The fact is that McAfee and Norton are the two worst antiviruses in the world. Don’t be caught dead with them on your computer. They protect you from next-to-nothing and slow your computer down worse than a turtle swimming through molasses. Yeah, it’s that bad.
If I still have your attention, I would also like to mention that free antiviruses (Avast, AVG, Avira, etc.) are certainly better than no protection at all, but you get what you pay for. Even AVG and Avast, the two biggest players in free antivirus, offer a paid subscription that is much stronger protection than their free software. If you don’t have any money for antivirus, download one and install it. If you can afford a better antivirus, do so. Once again, you get what you pay for.
One last thing– Do not use more than one antivirus at a time. We see this at Computer Depot all the time! McAfee and Norton together are significantly worse than either one by itself. Two antiviruses mean that they will fight against each other rather than viruses, and infections will get through as easily as if you had nothing protecting your computer.
I hope that this post has been helpful. Feel free to leave your comments in the section below, or on our Facebook page.
Store Manager and Lead Technician
Computer Depot carries Panda AV Pro 2012 for $39, and you can install it on up to three computers.