I work as a computer security professional and see about 30 virus infected computers a week come in to our technical department. The following is what I recommend to our users for their personal home computers when they ask me Which antivirus is best.
Kaspersky Antivirus – I use Kaspersky. It’s easy to use and includes a Firewall. I like it because I don’t have to change anything, just install it and it does everything automatically.
Symantec/Norton antivirus is very popular and comes pre installed on most machines. I personally would not use it because it slows my computer down, but many are happy with it.
AVG antivirus is free and works well. It is what I used before I purchased Kaspersky.
Avast antivirus is not as good as AVG and crashes my computers. It is also free.
If you are happy to pay for antivirus software, then I recommend Kaspersky antivirus. If you cannot find Kaspersky where you live, then use Norton. If you want the free option, choose AVG free.
I will add here that anti-virus software alone is not enough to protect against all modern security issues (such as Malware). The complete security package I use on my Windows machines is:
- Kaspersky 2011.
- Zonealarm free firewall.
- Super Antispyware.
All are free except for Kaspersky. Together, those 4 pieces of software are what I use to keep my computers secure.
I hope this helps.
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