Computers have become an essential part of our life. We use it for applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, and email clients. We store our personal things on our PCs and laptops like personal photos, documents, and other important things.
We now use our laptops to access office data, bank accounts and make online payments. No one wants to lose valuable information to hackers. That’s why people look for the best antivirus programs for the protection of their personal computer and laptop. They block viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other invaders from accessing your confidential and personal information.
Computer security experts recommend antiviruses for PCs and laptops for protection against malicious software that comes through the internet and CD, DVD, and other removable media.
Here is a list of the top 10 antiviruses for PCs and laptops. If you don’t have an antivirus on your system, you can buy one after reading its features for protection against malicious programs.
Antivirus #1. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015
The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 is an excellent antivirus. Computer experts recommend it because it does not slow down your system during security scans and setting tweaks. This antivirus automatically scans your stored files when you access or modify them. On-access scanning offers good protection to the system. The Bitdefender also checks all incoming and outgoing attachment and alerts you when it finds an infected attachment. It provides good protection against fraud and phishing attempts.
This antivirus is highly recommended for people who use their bank accounts and credit cards online because it comes with a secure browser called Safepay. This browser isolates your online transaction processing from regular web traffic. It also comes with an on-screen keyboard to dodge keylogging malware.
Antivirus #2. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015
Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) is also an excellent antivirus. Lab test results and users have reported that it blocks malware successfully. It also successfully removes them after detection. Its virus detection rate is also impressive. It detects all malware and alerts you when it cannot remove them or when it is rolling back malware actions.
Kaspersky’s browser plug-in blocks malicious activity at the URL level. There are other products offering better URL level protection though.
The Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015) provides impressive protection against phishing attacks. It quickly takes users away from phishing sites. These fraudulent websites try to steal credentials by posing as your bank. This antivirus also offers an on-screen keyboard, providing good protection against keylogging programs.
Antivirus #3. Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2015
Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is an antivirus for people who think antivirus programs slows down computer systems. It comes with a tiny installer and takes only 1 MB of disk space.
It maintains malware signatures in a local database and uses a broad range of attributes stored on its cloud service to identify malware. The Webroot effectively blocks all malware. It detects malware when a user tries to launch an infected file. It is a good antivirus for people who use the internet regularly. It blocks malicious URLs efficiently and instantly wipes out files as soon as it detects. The Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus offers good protection against browser attacks. It can be trusted for protecting personal data.
Antivirus # 4. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9.0 2015
The Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides good real-time protection. It triggers a scan when a file is accessed and blocks malicious URLs as soon as it detects them. Emsisoft’s ‘Surf Protection’ does not offer good protection against phishing attacks.
Antivirus #5. F-Secure Anti-Virus 2015
The F-Secure Anti-Virus 2015 offers good malware protection, but it is not as impressive as the Bitdefender. It provides good protection against known malware and wipes them out as soon as it detects them. It comes with a monitoring system called DeepGuard, but it only starts monitoring programs when it feels it is doing something bad. It comes with a browsing protection feature too. It can identify unsafe websites and also offers parental control features. Parents can use this feature to protect their children online. It offers good protection against spam and phishing emails.
Antivirus #6. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium is a small program. It does not use a signature database and its premium version provides protection to Microsoft Office applications. It also offers good protection against attackers who target browser and application vulnerabilities.
Antivirus # 7. McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2015
The McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2015 provides good protection against malicious URLs. McAfee is a trusted name in the antivirus industry. The new version offers good protection against viruses, risky web content, and dangerous emails. However, it is a bit expensive than other top rated antivirus software. It offers good protection against attackers who try to steal your personal information, and the bad guys who sneak into the system are caught. It offers Safe Searching and Shopping and warns users about malicious programs on websites.
Antivirus #8. Panda Antivirus Pro 2015
The Panda Antivirus Pro 2015 offers good protection against phishing attacks and spyware. This antivirus protects against known and unknown viruses too. It does not provide enough protection against malicious URLs. It is good for people who use USB flash drives a lot.
It comes with a Process Monitor, which allows a user to see which application is accessing the internet. It also comes with a virtual keyboard to provide protection against keylogger.
Antivirus #9. Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2015
The Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2015 offers real-time guard against malware. The new version provides better protection against malware and lab tests confirm its effectiveness. Trend also provides better protection against malware-hosting URLs as lab tests show that it effectively blocks most malicious websites. The Trend also provides reasonable protection against phishing attacks and is a good spam filter. It comes with a feature called “Firewall Booster”, which enhances the power of Windows Firewall.
Antivirus #10. Avast Pro Antivirus 2015
Malware blocking tests carried out by different labs tells us that the Avast Pro Antivirus 2015 effectively blocks and wipes out malware. Its success rate is 93%.
Avant also offers excellent protection against malicious URLS. It wipes out the program before they are downloaded to the system. Computer users who use the internet a lot will find its router scanner very useful.