Top 10 best antivirus software of 2016

1. Bitdefender Antivirus

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An antivirus product really has to do is wipe out any malicious software that’s present on your computer and prevent future damages by viruses, Trojans, ransomware, and different types of malware. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 goes way beyond these basic functions. Among its many features are a simple password manager, a secure browser for financial transactions, a secure file shredder, and new active ransomware protection. It performs its core antivirus tasks very well.

PROS

Excellent scores in antivirus lab tests and our own tests. Autopilot mode for no-hassle protection. Best antiphishing score. New ransomware protection. Enhanced password  managerSecure browser. Vulnerability scan.

CONS

Password manager’s form-fill ability proved inaccurate in testing.

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₹840
₹472

2. KASPERSKY ANTI-VIRUS

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Kaspersky is a leading program in the antivirus software industry that continually scores high on independent tests for protection and performance, proving it is excellent at detecting and blocking legitimate internet threats.Kaspersky has some of the best support in the industry. All forms of support – email, telephone, and live chat – are available 24/7. This is very helpful since software issues don’t always happen during business hours. Additionally, Kaspersky has forums, how-to videos and FAQs specific to each version of its computer security software and the problems you may experienceKaspersky Anti-Virus is among the few very best antiviruses for every Windows operating system. It is excellent at protecting against malware and phishing attacks. If your PC is already riddled with infections, it tracks them down, sets things right and heals the damage. It does not use up valuable computer resources and slow down your system. It doesn’t bother you during games and scans all incoming data and files, whether through email, instant messages or USB drives.

PROS

Kaspersky scored above average for protection on all supported versions of Windows.

CONS

This program scored lower on performance tests, conducted by independent testers, compared to our top pick.

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₹260
₹260

3. NORTON ANTIVIRUS

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A few years ago, Symantec rolled the entire Norton product line, including its standalone antivirus product, into a large-scale, multi-platform security suite. That left users needing to repeatedly explain to software conspiracy theorists why Norton didn’t show up in my roundup of the best antivirus products. Apparently, those commenters  weren’t the only ones who missed the antivirus, as Symantec has brought it back, very successfully.

PROS

New technology handles corrupted critical files. Installer remediates some potential problems. Very effective malicious URL blocking, exploit blocking, and antiphishing. Good malware cleanup scores. Remote monitoring via network map.

CONS

Despite corrupted-file technology, scan disabled two infested test systems, requiring tech support intervention. Average malware blocking scores.

 

4. Avast Pro Antivirus

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Nowadays every new computer comes with a short-term antivirus product installed, which is great. When the subscription ends, you have to either extend it or choose another product. At Avast Software they  naturally hope you’ll choose Avast Pro Antivirus 2016 . It offers the same antivirus protection as Avast’s free edition along with some high-tech additional features.Unlike many vendors, Avast doesn’t limit use of its free product to personal use. You can use it at home, at work, wherever you like. In fact, the company even offers a free product aimed specifically at business use, with the centralized management that IT departments love. So, your choice whether to use the free or paid edition comes down to how much you value the additional features that you get by paying. With Avast Pro Antivirus 2016 you get the same effective protection found in Avast’s free edition along with a hardened browser, DNS protection, and sandboxing. Experts will love these advanced features, but for the average user, the free edition is just fine.

PROS

Excellent scores in our antiphishing and malware-blocking tests. Very good scores from antivirus testing labs. Network security scan. Password manager Hardened browser. Protection against DNS hijacking. Sandbox for running suspect programs.

CONS

Slow malware scan. Some features require a separate purchase. Password manager features limited. Some hardened browser features didn’t work in testing. Advanced features may prove daunting for average users.

5. F-Secure Antivirus

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Some antivirus vendors pack so many extras into their basic antivirus software that it almost seems like a suite. Firewall, spam filter, VPN and much more. That’s not how F-Secure rolls. F-Secure Anti-Virus (2017) focuses solely on the central task of defending your system against all sorts of malware. It doesn’t even try to steer your browser away from dangerous or fraudulent websites. It’s fine, because the core components work well, and its DeepGuard behavior-based detection system is more powerful than ever. It’s a good deal. F-Secure Anti-Virus 2016 sticks to the business of malware protection. It does a good job, and you can install it on both Windows and Mac OS devices.

PROS

Good scores from independent labs. Very good score in our hands-on malware-blocking test. Behavior-based DeepGuard didn’t flag valid programs in testing. Fast scan in testing. Improved handling of malware found by scan. Supports both Windows and Mac OS.

CONS

No antiphishing or malicious URL blocking. Some awkwardness in the user interface.

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₹375
₹339

6. McAfee Antivirus Plus

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McAfee AntiVirus Plus (2017) not only includes firewall protection and a veritable host of additional security features, it also allows unlimited installations on all of your Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. That sort of multi-platform protection used to be something you’d only get with a suite.

That multi-device mode influences the way you install the product. You start by redeeming your 25-digit product key online and either adding it to your McAfee account or creating a new McAfee account. After logging in to your account, you can either download the software locally or send an email with a download link to another device.New with this year’s product line, McAfee offers a Virus Protection Pledge. If the product can’t remove a virus (or any other kind of malware), tech support will do everything they can, including remote diagnosis and remediation. If they can’t fix it, you get your money back. McAfee also makes available a one-device PC-only product called McAfee Antivirus, without the Plus in its name.

PROS

Protects all of your Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS devices. Very good lab scores. Excellent malicious URL blocking and anti-phishing. Secure deletion. Remote management. System cleanup. Vulnerability scan.

CONS

Minimal support for Mac, less for iOS. Some iOS features did not work in testing. Firewall not fully protected.

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₹549
₹572

7. Avira Antivirus Pro 2016

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New and improved: Avira Antivirus Pro Secure your identity, finances, and other private data with our multi-platform license, which works on both Windows and Mac OS. Avira Antivirus Pro is good at accurately preventing malware attacks and recognizing the difference between an internet threat and a legitimate website. Avira Introducing new protection layers like – Anti-ransomware , Device control and much more.
Avira’s support site contains video tutorials and information about viruses and other sorts of malware. You can email or call 24/7 for help from a customer service agent as well.

PROS

Avira Antivirus Pro achieved top ratings in rigorous performance

CONS

Live chat support is not available for this software.

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₹870
₹760

8. Panda Security Antivirus Pro

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Panda Antivirus Pro effectively protects against malware but lacks some features and services of the top antivirus products. Its features are – it protects against all types of known and unknown threats. Protect your wireless networks against hackers and intruders. Protect all your online communication against fraud with our antivirus program. A rescue kit for your PC

PROS

AV-Test certifies Panda Antivirus as effective protection against malware.

CONS

Panda’s telephone and live chat support is only available with an extra fee.

9. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 

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Some antivirus vendors have huge name recognition because they come preloaded on many brand-new computers. Norton and McAfee come to mind. Other high-quality products aren’t as well known. ESET claims 100 million customers, but it’s probably not the first name that comes to mind. That’s a shame, as ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 is a dandy product. Its full system scan runs quickly, it gets good scores from the independent labs.

You pay $39.99 per year to install NOD32 on one PC. That seems to be the going rate—more than a dozen of the antivirus products I’ve examined cost roughly the same.  ESET NOD32 Antivirus 9 is a step up from the company’s previous version and gets excellent marks in most independent lab tests. It scores especially well in our anti-phishing and malicious URL blocking tests.

PROS

Excellent scores in most independent lab tests and our own phishing protection and malicious URL blocking tests. Host Intrusion Protection System. Many bonus security features.

CONS

Poor score in one lab test. So-so score in our hands-on malware blocking test.

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₹255

₹219

10. Trend Micro Antivirus + Security 2016

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Few vendors blur the line between a simple antivirus utility and a small security suite. The plus sign in the name of Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security refers to the fact that it includes spam filtering and a firewall booster component, items are more commonly seen in full-scale security suites. It earns great scores in all of the hands-on tests, though not all of the independent labs give it top ratings. It’s definitely worth of consideration.This product costs $39.95 per year for a single computer, a price that seems to be the standard these days. You pay the same for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, and many other competing products.

During installation, you must create or log in to your Trend Micro account online. This account lets you manage your subscriptions and even view security reports remotely. Immediately after installation, it prompts you to enable the Folder Shield ransomware protection component.The main window’s lively, quirky appearance hasn’t changed since the previous edition. A large, round Scan button dominates the squarish window, and icons across the top represent Device, Privacy, Data, and Family (though clicking Family just gets you an invitation to upgrade to the security suite). The icons bounce as you mouse over them. If that’s not lively enough for you, you can change the background of the window’s top half to any of eight predefined skins, or use a photo of your own, perhaps that selfie you took at the Insane Clown Posse concert.

PROS

Independent lab ratings from good to great. Excellent scores in PCMag’s hands-on malware blocking tests. Good score in our antiphishing test. Bonus spam filter is very accurate. Marks up links in search results and social media.

CONS

Identified one PCMag utility as malware in testing. Static detection foiled by manual malware modification.

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₹489
₹350

Author: Yash

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