There are so many Windows antivirus and security products on the market that regular user has almost no chance to understand which one is the best. We have picked five most popular Internet Security suites from Avast, AVG, Avira, ESET and Norton, and put them in a single comparison table.
All of these products are fully compatible with the latest Windows 10 and designed specifically to fight the 2017 threats – ransomware especially.
If you don’t want to invest into premium protection, you can always choose a free antivirus (download Avast Free Antivirus 2017 here). Free protection is sufficient if you are browsing the Internet, sending e-mails, spending time on social medias etc. However if you are doing online banking transactions or shopping, we strongly recommend to invest few dollars a month and get a fully loaded security suite. We even have some nice discounts on Avast, AVG and Norton for you.
|Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware|
|Safe Online Shopping & Banking|
|Anti-hijack (DNS) Protection|
|Firewall Against Hackers|
|Cross-platform Protection (Windows, Mac, Android)|
|Private Data Protection|
|AV-Comparatives Score (Threats Blocked / False-Positives)||🏆 100% / 0||🏆 100% / 0||99% / 3||97.7% / 0||99.7% / 2|
|AV-Test Score (Protection / Performance)||6.0 / 4.5||6.0 / 5.0||🏆 6.0 / 6.0||5.5 / 4.||🏆 6.0 / 6.0|
|Amazon.com User Rating||4.4||3.4||N/A||4.6||4.1|
|Download.com User Rating||4.5||3.5||4.0||4.5||3.5|
|Price for 1-Year, 1 PC License||$59.99 $39.99||$69.99 $55.99||$40.99||$59.99||$69.99 $34.99|
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As you can see all the products provide essentially the same level of protection. Only Avira is missing a Firewall which is sort of standard. These are basically the top 5 security suites on the market (maybe we should add also Kaspersky and McAfee?), so by picking any of them, you won’t go wrong. But how to decide which one is the right for you? We recommend to decide based on the following factors.
1. Advanced Features & Tools
Each product has some unique features and tools. This should help you to identify the one for you. If you believe Parental Control or Cross-Platform (e.g. ability to use the product on Windows, Mac or Android) are import for you, you only option is ESET. Well actually ESET Internet Security is the only product which has all features from our comparison (it is also the most expensive one). However features are not everything.
2. Scores in Independent Tests & User Ratings
Probably the most important part you should pay attention to are the independent test results done by a third party company (AV-Comparatives and AV-Test are the most reputable ones). These are very valuable because they test each product under the same conditions and environment.
User ratings are also important because they show how much is the product popular among the regular users, not experts. We have picked ratings from the most popular portals for antivirus downloads (Download.com and Amazon.com).
Obviously price is still one of the deciding factors as there can be a huge differences between the products pricing. For example you can get Avast Internet Security for $39.99 (33% off from the list price $59.99) and ESET Internet Security for a full price of $59.99. So you can save $20 a year, that’s $1.66 a month – is it worthy to look at these level of savings when it comes to security of your personal data? Definitely not.
Free Downloads – Try Before You Buy
Luckily all of these products are also offered as a free trial versions. You can simply download, install and use them for free for 30 days. We recommend testing your favourite before you decide to make an investment.
Avast Free Antivirus Comparison
Information about the product features have been obtained from the official websites of each vendor. If you believe we have stated something not correct, please let us know, and we’ll fix it immediately. Our intention is to offer a fair and fact-based comparison of each product.