I thought today, I’d list out my favorit anti-virus programs, so here they are in order from best to worst in my mind.
Anti-Virus products I’d recommend
1. Microsoft Security Essentials – http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
It’s free, light on system resources, and effective. The price is right, and I’d say use this with out a second thought. But for those who want other options keep reading.
2. AVG Free – http://free.avg.com
It’s free, full featured, but heavier on resources than the Microsoft solution. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Microsoft option this is a close 2nd.
3. ClamWin Anti-Virus – http://www.clamwin.com/
If you are looking for an open-source and free option this is the one for you. It’s very light on resources, but not as full featured as other options. But if you know what you’re doing in general and are looking for just a backup system to check the occasional file with, then this is a good option as well.
4. Avast – http://www.avast.com/
Like AVG they offer paid and free versions, but the free version should be sufficient for most of our needs. Not as light as some other options but not a terrible option over all.
5. NOD32 – http://www.eset.com/
Not a free option, but this anti-virus application gets consistent reviews for being one of the best paid options.
Anti-Virus products I wouldn’t recommend
Both Norton and McAfee are paid products, and I’ve never seen them work effectively or efficiently. Expect them to bog down your system and provide little protection despite their glossy interfaces and flashy boxes. Sorry Norton and McAfee!
Most of the free options are sufficient, and Microsoft’s newest offering the Security Essentials really is stepping up to be the best option out there. This actually makes sense, because the company responsible for designing the product should be the best at protecting it since they know exactly how it should work.
Hope that helps you in your search for the best anti-virus product available!