The Top 5 Antivirus Suites for Complete Protection in 2017

November 14, 2016

10:30 am

Conventionally, antivirus software has been regarded as an entry-level line of defense against common computer threats like Trojans, worms, and root kits. The evolution of malware has induced security labs to equip their AV products with more sophisticated features, including browser protection extras, password managers, file shredders, anti-ransomware modules, and a whole lot more.

Below is a list of antivirus suites that fare best in taking up the gauntlet thrown down by the present-day cybercrooks:

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017

Bitdefender is number one for a reason. It has been consistently making it to the top of unbiased rating charts for years. This product usually gets 100% scores for its protection, performance and usability criteria.

What’s under the hood? Along with the basic virus protection, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 accommodates such features as anti-ransomware, e-shopping protection, anti-phishing, secure browsing, social network protection, password manager and Wi-Fi security advisor. The reliability, ease of use and extensive feature set all make this suite a perfect match to stay on the safe side.

Avast Pro Antivirus

This program is a well-balanced fusion of efficient protection and small memory footprint. The new features built into the latest edition of Avast Pro Antivirus include the CyberCapture real-time malware detection module and the highly secure SafeZone Browser.

The suite proved to be responsive to 0day threats, including uncatalogued malware. It also delivers dependable defenses against phishing, DNS hijacking, home network intrusion, password theft, and persistent adware. Furthermore, you can use the app’s sandbox to run dubious processes in an isolated environment. All in all, you get lightweight protection against malware and frauds, plus convenient in-product support.

F-Secure Anti-Virus

Owing to its intelligent detection technology called DeepGuard, the new F-Secure Anti-Virus is able to identify 0day malicious code, including exploits, Trojans, and worms that aren’t in the database of virus signatures yet. It monitors all running applications for signs of potential danger and prevents the harmful ones from changing Windows registry and disabling security solutions.

The email scan feature will safeguard you against malware that arrives with spam, including file-encrypting ransomware. To this suite’s credit, using and customizing it is a no-brainer as the interface is very intuitive. An almost inconspicuous impact on system productivity is also on the plus side of the tool.

G DATA Antivirus

G DATA Antivirus relies on a unique CloseGap technology for real-time hybrid protection against new and emerging threats. As opposed to the traditional security engine-based approach, this principle enables the suite to proactively detect and block malicious activity, both known and uncatalogued, without affecting computer performance to an appreciable degree.

Furthermore, the BankGuard module prevents unauthorized access to your payment credentials online. G DATA Antivirus also accommodates exploit protection that keeps software vulnerabilities from being used by remote attackers to deposit malware onto your computer. All in all, this suite probably won’t protect you from all breach vectors imaginable, but it will definitely make your PC or laptop a moving target for threat actors.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017

This product delivers the defense essentials along with an extensive set of features for hassle-free web browsing. It used to be considered a resource hog, but that’s no longer the case as Kaspersky Anti-Virus now goes with a built-in optimization functionality for quick system startup, shutdown, and reaction.

The online protection layer includes URL advisor and anti-phishing. KAV 2017 also does a great job identifying ransomware behavior and terminates the executables that attempt to encrypt a user’s personal data and then hold it for ransom. Importantly, this suite boasts professional support and intuitive controls.

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David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 10 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. David runs the Privacy-PC.com project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues. David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures.

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