Choosing the right anti-virus can be down to personal choice but it can also be determined by what you do on your computer and how well you safely browse the Internet.
Here are a few quick pointers;
>Never purchase anti-virus software no matter what anyone tells you. Just because you paid money does not make it better than the free ones.
>Never click on ads on websites no matter what the ad is, it could be a virus.
>Never use the anti-virus that comes pre-installed on your PC. It’s usually something useless like Norton or McAfee which are both the worst anti-viruses. Uninstall it immediately and get a new one.
>Common sense is actually the best anti-virus. If you know exactly what your doing online you won’t even need one, but still, you should have an AV.
I can only recommend this;
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
PROS: Its very small and very powerful. I use it myself and it has never let me down. It scans quickly and is updated daily.
CONS: It won’t work if you don’t have a genuine version of Windows.
For those of you who don’t have a genuine copy of Windows then your only hope is either Nod32 or Avast. Personally I’d choose Avast, it’s smaller and I’ve heard much better word of it than Nod32. However it is a bit in your face with pop ups.
Anti-Viruses to avoid (even the free ones);
McAfee, Norton and AVG Free (ironically AVG Free is actually quite good, but it’s massive and takes up loads of computer resources to keep running. It spams you with ads to buy the full version too which is annoying)
All other AVs are pretty useless. MSE is the only good all-rounder. However it can be down to personal choice at the end of the day but I highly recommend MSE. If you disagree then ask yourself, have you even tried it? Have you done honest comparisons with it to others? If not then just get MSE and stick with it.
One more thing to know. There is NO one perfect AV. You are never 100% safe from viruses, 50% of your protection comes from browsing safely. Avoid dodgy sites, pop up ads, banners and all that shit.
If you are running Windows XP or even Windows Vista then you are in danger. These operating systems are outdated and don’t offer protection against modern viruses.
For example; My family computer which is used by my parents is running XP with MSE. It got a massive trojan because Windows Firewall is outdated, once it got past the Firewall, MSE obliterated the virus. It was a lucky call but it would never have happened with Windows 7. They were lucky MSE got it. And to top it all off, the virus came from iTunes. God, I hate Apple…