Top 5 Best Antivirus Software for 2014
It’s that time of year again and the top antivirus developers are in the process of releasing updated versions of their software for 2014.
Some people wonder if it’s really necessary to buy new internet security software every year. But, just like viruses that make our bodies sick, computer viruses evolve and adapt to the current digital world, requiring new measures to be taken in order to secure our data and digital lives. Don’t get lazy and expose some of your most sensitive information to the newest and most insidious viruses on the web today. It’s just not worth it.
So, to help you choose the most effective antivirus for the coming year’s dangers, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 antivirus software for 2014.
Luckily for us, the stead-fast folks at BitDefender, McAfee, Kaspersky, Symantec, and Trend Micro work tirelessly to release new and improved antivirus software to act as our stalwart defenders.
Without further ado, here is SoftwareMedia’s list of the Top 5 Antivirus Software for 2014:
McAfee’s CleanBoot rescue CD solved most installation problems and performed very well when blocking malware. The SiteAdvisor feature blocks dangerous websites, marks up links in search and social media to make the danger obvious. Intelligent, hassle-free firewall. McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 Includes remote management, file shredder, system tuneup and vulnerability scan.
Installation on one test system required hours with tech support. Malware cleanup is good but not great. And generally the Independent lab results are good, again, not great. McAfee’s antiphishing accuracy is down from last year as well.
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 is nearly a full suite, with firewall, phishing protection, and a variety of bonus features. It’s not our top choice, but it’s definitely an effective tool.
Trend Micro gets an excellent score in the malware-blocking test and does a decent job of blocking of malicious URLs. It has accurate antiphishing and antispam protection and a bonus firewall booster blocks many attacks.
Installation on some malware-infested test systems required hours of remote-control support. So if you have a currently infested system Trend Micro might not be a good option. They get an ok score in hands-on malware cleanup test and the behavior-based detection suspects or even quarantines valid programs.
Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ 2014 focuses on resisting the very newest malware attacks, and does a good job but Its behavior-based detection can be over-zealous. However, it offers accurate phishing and spam protection and a firewall booster that can block exploit attacks.
Advanced disinfection during installation effectively handles active malware. Kaspersky gets excellent ratings from independent labs and very good scores in hands-on malware removal test. It has accurate phishing protection and several useful bonus tools.
Despite the disinfection during installation there is some difficulty installing on malware-infested systems.
The independent testing labs give top marks to Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014.
Norton’s new tech handles corrupted critical files well. The Installer remediates some potential problems. Norton’s latest offering is very effective at blocking malicious URLs, exploit blocking, and antiphishing. It got good malware cleanup scores in the independent testing. You can remotely monitor via Network Map feature.
Despite its corrupted-file technology, Scan disabled two infested test systems, requiring tech support intervention. Norton only got average malware blocking scores.
Symantec focuses on protecting against malware at every level, and the latest Norton AntiVirus (2014) does more than ever to block real-world malware attacks. This focus costs it points in static antivirus testing, but the product is effective. Some of us use it at home.
And the Winner is…
This years’ Bitdefender Antivirus got great scores in independent lab tests, as usual. It boasts state of the art phishing protection, prevents transmission of private data, and has ID theft monitoring. The New Wallet feature manages your passwords and private data. Safepay hardens your browser to protect any financial transactions. It scans Facebook profiles and scans your computer system for vulnerabilities. The New Security Report summarizes each week’s events.
There is some difficulty installing on malware-infested systems. The Wallet password management system is limited and it can’t fill Web forms.
BItdefender’s core antivirus protection gets great scores from the independent labs. The “Plus” in the name refers to an large collection of effective security tools. It’s our #1 choice.