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Technologies Review | December 12, 2017

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An Analysis of Antivirus Software Available In The Present Day

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An unprotected computer system is vulnerable to malware and Trojan attacks. There are new sets of viruses, worms and spyware being introduced every now and then that bypass all security measures taken. Some of them are designed such that your computer system is completely caught off-guard. Viruses in the present day have become pernicious threats from being just pranks of the yester years. To the advantage of users, modern day antivirus software have been able to make a break through in the level of protection offered and are being updated to floor the new viruses that crop up from time to time.

Plenty of choices are available for the users in the present day which makes selection difficult. The antivirus kits today have the efficiency to offer complete protection without affecting the overall speed of the computer system. Certain parameters are taken into account for reviewing the best in the business.

Protection Offered:
The scope of protection offered plays a vital role. Some of the antivirus software announces a 360 degree scope but there are only a few that offer a thorough protection. Defense against keyloggers, threats via emails, phishing, rootkits, etc., are required by an effective antivirus package. Protection for registry startups, inbound and outbound mails, quarantine of affected files, Protection for Windows 7 and XP versions, etc., are most preferred. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Kaspersky Antivirus software are the two that can be highly recommended based on the protection offered against online threats.

Performance:
An antivirus kit that does not perform to its potential is of no use to the end user. The features of the software help to identify the performance of one over the other. Browser exploits, scanning on-demand, spontaneous message protection, gamer mode, netbook mode, auto USB detection, auto cleaning of infected files, securing the network, etc are some of the important features based on which antivirus products are evaluated. Bitdefender, Kaspersky, AVG and ESET are some of the programs that are considered best in the business on these aspects. Avast comes closer to these but misses out as it does not have an auto USB detection.

Usability:
Ease of use is important for an antivirus program. The best programs should be good enough for a beginner in computers to use them effectively. People require a solution that they can install and forget, trusting it to do its job effectively. ESET and Bitdefender score well on this aspect. The next in line when it comes to usability are Panda, F-Secure and Kaspersky.

Faster Updates:
Antivirus packages that offer instant and faster updates are preferred by users. Most of the software has automatic updates installed according to the virus definition. Faster updates ensure that the system does not slow down. This prepares the system for new virus definitions. Bitdefender and Kaspersky outclass other programs in this aspect as well.

The best in the business ensure that the antivirus package supports major operating system configurations. Most of the antivirus programs do that, but still it is worth checking out. Of all the brands Bitdefender and Kaspersky have got all the features that marks a good antivirus package. Bitdefender scores better on the cost aspect over Kaspersky. Though ESET has all the features mentioned, it offers lesser protection than advertised, therefore loses out.

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