Top 5 Best Antivirus Software for 2013

The SoftwareMedia team is constantly on the lookout for the best and brightest software, and so we are happy to bring you our list of the Top 5 Best Antivirus Software for 2013.

(UPDATE: Top 5 Best Antivirus for 2014)

Sometimes it can seem like the digital world in which we live is becoming an increasingly dark and dangerous place. Each and every year, there seems to be more and more malware, spamware, trojans, hackers and a plethora of other digital nastiness just waiting to destroy your computer, or steal your personal info.

Symantec Announces Changes to Maintenance Offerings

The software licensing model offered by Symantec, makers of Backup Exec, has long included several maintenance and support options that customers could choose from. However, in an effort to simplify their licensing model, and improve their interactions with customers, Symantec has begun to consolidate their maintenance packages into a single, 24×7 support offering for all of their software products.

As of July 2, 2012, Symantec has simplified their support offerings by publishing only the Essential Support products to customers and partners, the goal being to reduce the complexity of their licensing program.

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Symantec Shuffles Company Leadership

Yesterday, Symantec announced that Enrique Salem has stepped down as president and CEO of Symantec. In his stead, the board of directors has appointed Steve Bennett as Symantec’s president and CEO. Reports from Symantec state that the change wasn’t due to any single event or problem but instead from a long and considered debate from the board.

While these sort things happen daily in the corporate world, it is always difficult for a business of any size to handle. Consumer confidence always takes a hit when the top man gets the axe, and Symantec will no doubt face some turbulence in the following weeks and months. However, Symantec had reassured partners and consumers alike that it will be business as usual and that Symantec leadership is quite optimistic about the future of the company.

Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Review

Symantec Backup Exec 2012 is one integrated product that protects virtual and physical environments, simplifies both backup and disaster recovery, and recovers data or systems at any scale, from an individual item to an entire server. Backup Exec 2012 restores entire servers, critical Microsoft applications, and VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments to dramatically minimize business downtime.

Backup Exec 2012 is truly the culmination of Symantec’s global team of expert engineers who spent million of man-hours singularly focused on changing the playing field of backup software. In addition to completely reworking thousands of lines of code, Symantec offers Backup Exec in four editions.

Symantec Endpoint Protection CleanWipe Removal Tool

A must in any IT arsenal is the ability to completely remove whatever software is installed on their systems. As anyone in IT can tell you, at times you just need to start over. Removing Symantec Endpoint Protection may be one of those scenarios. Rumor has it that Symantec has a removal tool to make deleting the program easier than getting a BSOD in Windows ME. Is it true, or another fantasy like a network printer working upon plugging in the CAT-5 cable?