An antivirus app can help protect you against a variety of malicious computer activity that's generally referred to as "malware." A virus is a type of malware that can make copies of itself and transmitmore
An antivirus app can help protect you against a variety of malicious computer activity that's generally referred to as "malware." A virus is a type of malware that can make copies of itself and transmit those copies to other devices, usually in a stealthy manner. If you are shopping for an antivirus app, there are several features to look for.
It doesn't perform quite as well as Norton or McAfee, according to independent testing labs, but Germany-based Avira is a respectable competitor if you need to stretch your dollar. Unlike most other free antivirus software, it doesn't constantly push you to upgrade to the paid version, nor does its sales pitch overstate the amount of protection it gives you.
McAfee antivirus products may not have quite the same track record as Norton, but McAfee Total Protection does have one advantage that families will like: unlimited licenses. A single subscription covers all of the compatible devices that you have -- Windows, Mac, and Android. (iOS doesn't have many antivirus products because Apple doesn't let them get under the hood). You can expect to pay around $30 a year for this antivirus.
In past years, Norton security products had an arguably well-earned reputation for bogging down Windows and being difficult to fully remove. Norton completely overhauled its antivirus product line a few years ago, however, and it's now much lighter and also very good at identifying threats. It's not the cheapest solution out there, but it's reliable and trustworthy. Plans currently start at $40 a year.