As the new year approaches we are faced with the eventuality that some malicious jerks with knowledge of computer coding -and too much time on their hands- will invariably unleash upon the world ever more vicious and malignant viruses and malware to infect our computer systems.
Fortunately for us, there exists amidst this digital Black Plague an industry of software developers who work tirelessly to create new and more effective virus protection software in an effort to stem this seemingly unending tide of binary evil.
We firmly believe in the idea of an informed consumer, and therefore, the staff at SoftwareMedia have scoured the interwebs for independent reviews, and compiled a list of the top ten best antivirus software for 2012.
A relative newcomer to the Antivirus software game, Vipre Antivirus 4 earns some serious points with its efficient, lightweight scanning engine. Unfortunately, while it may excel in efficiency, it seems to fall short of the mark when it comes to protections against phishing, spam and identity theft protection.
Equipped with a fine balance between protection and performance, this software is an excellent choice if you don’t mind over-protection (false positives). The Advanced Heuristics Analysis and Detection (AHeAD) system has a tendency to flag non-malware incorrectly.
Trend Micro’s recently revamped line of security software delivers fast, lightweight protection and utilizes cloud technology to provide real-time updates to your software. However, a lack of defense against spam and phishing make this product fall behind a few of its competitors.
McAfee has long been a household name in the realm of antivirus protection, so it is no surprise that they have made the top 10 list once again. McAfee earns more than a few gold stars for its exceptional protection against Viruses, Trojans, spyware and other threats, however its lack of password protection, and not-so-great defenses against keyloggers caused this program to lose some points.
Exceptional malware protection, continual updates, plus LinkScanner technology and Social Media Protection make this one of the best antivirus products available on the consumer market. However, that awesome protection power comes at the cost of speed.
Advanced diagnostic tools, heuristic detection and little or no slowdown, this security program delivers powerful protection for a very good price. The main problem that consumers have found is in the somewhat clunky, outdated user interface.
A new, cloud-based approach from webroot delivers a fast, effective defense against many different types of malware, while using as few system resources as possible. The lightning-fast scans, minimal system resource consumption, automatic updates and free technical support brings this product almost to the top of the list.
Norton is back with their acclaimed antivirus software, ready to tackle yet another year’s worth of malware and viruses. With outstanding security, a light footprint and exceptional technical support, Norton Antivirus 2012 is one of our top recommendations.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus delivers unbelievable virus and malware protection at -reportedly- a 100% success rate. Intelligent scanning of your system blocks threats before they get anywhere near your computer, and comprehensive, always up-to-date virus definitions ensure that you are always protected. The only drawback to this program is -possibly- the price tag.
At the top of the leaderboard for the best antivirus of 2012 is BitDefender Antivirus Plus. This software features an unbeatable, award-winning combination of state-of-the-art virus and malwareprotections, social media defense, and comprehensive updates to ensure that your systems receive unparalleled protection, without breaking the bank. Some of the features included in 2012 that placed BitDefender ahead of its competition include the new Virtualized Browser, Rescue Mode and Scan Dispatcher.