Many of the best anti-virus software packages offer extras like parental controls and password managers. If you’re looking for a package that covers the basics plus these advanced features, we recommend Norton 360. If you want just the basic antivirus protection, Sophos Home Premium is an excellent choice, with a simple user interface and a low impact on system resources.
Antivirus software is updated regularly to improve security and keep up to date with new threats. You should select an application that updates its virus definitions at minimum every day and more frequently if possible. Some programs are automatically updated however others must be manually updated daily or in accordance with a set schedule.
The most popular antivirus applications have excellent malware detection rates and offer a variety of additional cybersecurity features such as firewalls and web security, an anti-phishing engine and much more. The products we reviewed in 2023 come with a 30-day money-back guarantee as well as a free trial. Most also include an all-device license that covers up to five computers or devices running any operating system.
Some of the top antivirus software is simple to use for newbies, but offers a wide range of customization options for more advanced users. Intego Mac Security X9 is a great example. It has a high level of Mac-specific security features as well as perfect malware detection rates. It is one of one or two antivirus programs we have tested to work on Windows PCs. The cost for a year’s membership is affordable.