Calling All Readers: Which Antivirus Programs Would YOU Like to See Reviewed?

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Laptop Adapters...

I have know these ones:
avast! Free Antivirus
avast! Internet Security
AVG Antivirus Free
AVG Internet Security 2013
Avira AntiVir Free
Avira Internet Security 2013
BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
BitDefender Internet Security 2013
BullGuard Internet Security 2013
ClamWin Free Antivirus

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MaximumMike

Please review any software produced by any company whose founder's life-story will inevitably become a psychological thriller. :P

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MaximumMike

You should definitely include the tried but true Spybot and Malware Bytes. You could also throw in AdAware for those of us who are curious if it will ever be relevant again.

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satrain18

Please rip Clamwin a new one.

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joescat

AVG Free
Vipre
Webroot
BitDefender
MSE
Norton
Malwarebytes (I don't see that one listed). The free version is a very good scanner/cleaner. The paid version "Pro" is a lifelong license, and offers realtime file protection and website blocking, and auto-updates. Malwarebytes is designed to run along with other AV products. I'm using Malwarebytes Pro with AVG Free and it's entirely satisfactory.

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jsyv

Avast, AVG, M$E

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ob1kenob

I would like to see a review of VIPRE. Have been running it for years. If you get a virus they will remove it for free and their support desk is in the US.

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ob1kenob

I would like to see a review of VIPRE. Have been running it for years. If you get a virus they will remove it for free and their support desk is in the US.

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RobertZ

I would like to see the Comodo suite of security programs reviewed. I find it a great anti-virus internet security software package but I work with a lot of seniors who are often clicking banner ads and pop ups and then come to me saying that their computer is "acting funny". Are there other security programs that are easy to understand and still cutting edge enough to keep up with current threats?

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NUCLEARWARFAIRY

I'd like to see a combo of Microsoft security essentials with anything else lightweight like immunet.

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maxhiona

Please include Webroot SecureAnywhere.

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opticallog

I'd like to see a review of VIPRE

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Jeffrey Deutsch

In order of importance to me:

Norton Internet Security
Lookout Mobile Security
avast! Antivirus and other offerings
TrustGo Mobile Security and Antivirus
Norton Mobile Security
AVG Mobilation, including but not limited to AVG Antivirus Free
Microsoft Security Essentials
ZoneAlarm Free (and other offerings)

Thank you, and keep up the good work!

Jeff Deutsch

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DarrellGood

Unthreat Antivirus! I've been using it for a while and I really like it. I'd like other people to find out about it...

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Incognito

MSE aka Windows Defender (in Win 8). I dropped NOD32 last year and have been using MSE / Windows Defender ever since and haven't had any issues. It's probably the only thing Microsoft has gotten right lately.

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whr4usa

+1

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rredline

Max PC has compared paid version vs free version AV SW in last year test, which is completely false.

For example, you have compared the Avira AntiVir Personal Free, which doesn't has web protection and firewall (it is free for a reason, BTW!, but it is still much better than those big name player from my past experience), againts the $70 Norton Security Suite, which has everything, and you considered it a fair game, a gave verdict accordingly!? What a joke!

You should separate the paid version test and free version test!

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whr4usa

seperating paid from free is pointless as then there's no comparison being made (obviously)

what should be done as I argued below in detail is to do a deeper comparison of the 'basic' offerings from every vendor whether free or paid i.e. compare avire free to NAV (NOT NIS) because both are purely antivirus, regardless of price

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DoctorlyRob

I use avast! and would love to see it reviewed for the reassurance that it is still the best :) or to awaken me into what is better

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Dominik Z

1. Norton Internet Security 2013
2. Webroot SecureAnywere Internet Security Plus 2013
3. BitDefender Internet Security 2013
4. AVG Internet Security 2013
5. ESET Smart Security 6
6. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
7. Emsisoft Internet Security Pack
8. Dr.Web Anti-Virus Pro
9. ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013
10. Total Defense Internet Security Suite

Please.... with a cherry on top ! :-D

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sliver

Please consider the list by Market Share (see link below) so you address what 90% of the market uses.

1. avast! Internet Security
2. Microsoft Security Essentials
3. ESET Smart Security 6
4. Norton Internet Security 2013
5. Avira Internet Security 2013
6. AVG Internet Security 2013
7. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
8. McAfee Internet Security 2013
9. Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
10. Panda Internet Security 2013

The list is published by OPSWAT http://www.opswat.com/about/media/reports/antivirus-december-2012

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whr4usa

...and how do they determine marketshare?

is it USA, north america, global etc? IP-based..?

than if you always do everything by marketshare, how do you find better but lesser known solutions?

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estripem

Please test PCtools, norton, and MSE. Thanks.

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galgotha

MSE
Use to swear by ZoneAlarm till you guys turned me on to free MSE.

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hi8r

Microsoft Security Essentials please!
Trend Micro and Kaspersky

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dantfmly

Norton 360 and norton antivirus. Not just norton internet security.

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bobmajer

Do AVG Internet Security 2013 most of that review will cover the free version also. I find much better, more reliable and more user friendly/adjustable than McAfee.(and it didn't get infected like McAfee in October)

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massong

Please, PLEASE add Microsoft Security Essentials to your review list. I missed it greatly last year, it really should not have been left out.
It is a great product and you really did the community a disservice by leaving it out in 2012. IMHO.

Thanks! Keep up the great work.

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diedrichg

+1 for
avast! Free Antivirus

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Wrenchski

Please review ALL the free ones you can find, as anyone who can figure out they AREN'T the 100,000,000th visitor to a website and HAVEN'T won a new ipad doesn't seem to need to PAY for antivirus...

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whr4usa

LOL!

++1

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D00dlavy

Definitely include Comodo AV. The company who makes that has a plethora of free products. I'm curious about them.

Personally, I use Security Essentials and have no intention on switching.

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jewatso

all free AV's

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yrog

Immunet free & Immunet plus

http://www.immunet.com

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RomRom

-Windows Defender/MSE, of course since it's the first AV installed on most every PC
-Bitdefender Windows 8 Security (I have found memories of BD Gamesafe, and whether we like it or not- and I don't- Win8 is here so we should look at new packages designed for it)
-the usual assortment of big names: Norton, Kapersky, MaCafee, etc.
-Popular freebies

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whr4usa

+1

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btdog

PCMatic! PerfectSpeed! FixmyPCfree.com!

And any of those other apps you see on TV that are just too good to be true.

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sarkli

avast! Free Antivirus
Since its what i use, im interested to see how it stacks up against the 'big boys' especially being that its free.

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smashingpumpin

...also can we get a roundup for AV suites for smartphones? I don't surf porn or dubious websites on mine but know someone who does lol.

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Electrik

Good grief, just test them all.

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bconway

I'd like to see ClamWin in conjunction with Clam Sentinel.

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knighttoday

I am particularly interested in the free software e.g. MSE and AVG free. Especially in light of recent news about MSE failing (which I am suspect of as have never had an infection while running it). But I'd love to see you folks (who I trust) so a head to head of these two.

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whr4usa

please review ONLY actual ANTIVIRUS programs INSTEAD of "security suites"
not only does that usually disqualify most ifnot all of the few good open-source, freeware antivirus apps but it makes for a disengenuous test as a vendor with a poor antivirus engine can include many defense-in-depth features (or improve or even "just advertise" windows inbuilt features) in a suite with a myriad of capabilities and thus get a pass on their poor virus detection due to the fact a given malware sample never needs to be removed or detected

remember malware only has to be right once to get on your system

your testing methodology of these past years has been mostly useless, beyond offering a survey of available vendors from which to choose... to that end please allow me to critique your methodology as I'd like to see a true MaxPC-style test of real security myself

"VIRUS DETECTION"

weighting this category defeats the purpose of having categories especially when do a non-scientific test of a "security suite" instead of directly comparing antivirus engines
in addition to the resources you currently use, please try to focus on the most common forms of malware using resources like this
microsoft.com/security/sir/threat
or similar available from verizon - intel - kaspersky etc.

if you're going to just compare scan engines, as oppossed to "live protection" then any scan engine like malwarebytes can be included but if judging online virus detection only pure antivirus programs can be included or the test is bogus;
darkreading.com/risk-management/167901115/security/news/240144436/the-trouble-with-security-metrics

also is this going to continue to be a windows-only party? where's the comparison of android antivirus? linux? this is MaxPC NOT IBM-compatible-PC or Msft-PC right? I'd even tolerate Macintosh and iOS being included for a true point-in-time field comprison of antivirus apps and scan engines, which never has been done before by a journalism group; that should appeal to your parent company!

"PRICING"

this also should include licensing comparisons i.e. BitDefender Sphere is cheaper than Kaspersky One but ONE might be worth the $$$ if it performs better however KAV might be cheaper than to license via ONE if you don't have different operating systems in the mix; if you do though BD's SPHERE has a superior licensing model (unlimited licenses/devices per household/network

again if judging more than just antivirus, MBAM with its lifetime licenses really should have been reviewed long ago...but isn't an actual antivirus; if more than just windows, bitdefender offers free licenses for unices including FreeBSD (there are a growing number of linux users here - most of whom seem uninformed about security ironically)

"FEATURES AND IMPLEMENTATION"

quote from
maximumpc.com/article/features/choose_your_defender_10_anti-virus_programs_reviewed_and_compared
"FEATURES AND IMPLEMENTATION
We know how to roll our own security using a mishmash of free programs on the web."
apparrently not! though this would make an unusual, interesting and useful article!
again with the security suite obsession!
blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2007/06/19/1256677.aspx

there are 3 basic forms of "live protection"; antivirus, firewall and 'anti-everything-else' (often shortened to 'antimalware' somewhat inaccurately)
what's the point of testing security suites if you don't also test firewalls? mitigation technologies..? examine how they manipulate windows' default settings..?
i.e. for many of the systems I've secured, cleansed or maintain ifnot most but certainly not all, the best combination we've tested is Microsoft Security Essentials ++ MalwareBytes' AntiMalware ++ Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (in addition to an hardened installation ++ standard user accounts ++ Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) for its low-cost and easy user education in addition to near-perfect untargeted real-world prevention and recoverability

it continues to astound me how you give Symtantec products better scores year after year while their products continue to become longer to install, slower to update and have never been more impossible to properly uninstall, use in conjunction with virtualization technologies natively or otherwise not behave like malware itself which leads us into the below;

"ANNOYANCE"

why arn't upgrade, licensing, install, uninstall, reinstall, disable, enable - activation - deactivation - reactivation etc. procedures evaluated? ...the only way to do any of this with many of the products you've reviewed with good scores in past years really should have failed and been labeled as malware, 'sponsored' rogue antivirus if you will - does NAV get a Kick-Ass Award because of the # of users' donkeys it has kicked after slowing their systems worse than malware itself ever could?

if an antivirus app isn't certified to "play nicely" with the OS in question (listed here for Windows clients microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners) then it should never be considered by MaxPC for a review for good reason... it also means that it can be managed natively through the OS in Action Center and has commandline components or uses the windows task scheduler instead of its own, internal mess

"SYSTEM PERFORMANCE AND SCAN SPEED"

you do a pretty dam good job here MaxPC but I still have 2 huge complaints
different products will have different effectiveness on different paltforms, I'd rather have a 6-product review that measures effectiveness across 8, 7, vista, xp and android, macintosh, ubuntu than a 10 product review of varying types of products on a unique hardware and OS combination that might no exist anywhere in the world outside your lab! system capacity - firmware - bootloader - port-count all have an effect on everything from scan speeds to update sizes! try using Windows Resource Monitor, SysInternals' Process Explorer and 7-zip to give a better picture of security apps' performance and their effect on your system

why not utilize NewEgg's reviews!?

that said for windows client antivirus here are my submissions;

BitDefender Sphere
bitdefender.com/solutions/sphere

Kaspersky ONE Universal Security
kaspersky.com/products-services/home-computer-security/one

Microsoft Security Essentials PRE-RELEASE
microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29942

BitDefender Windows 8 Security
bitdefender.com/solutions/windows-8-security

...and anything else from this list ONLY (preferably also available from newegg.com)
microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners

other non-antivirus or 'not-only-antivirus' client security apps we'd like to see reviewed include;

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO Lifetime
malwarebytes.org

Microsoft Windows 8's Windows Defender

"kitchen sink security suites" (if you must)

BitDefender Family Pack
bitdefender.com/solutions/family-pack

Kaspersky PURE
kaspersky.com/products-services/home-computer-security/pure?2013

TotalDefense Unlimited
totaldefense.com/total-defense-unlimited

Avira IS+
avira.com/en/for-home-avira-internet-security-plus

Trend Micro Titatium Premium
trendmicro.com/us/home/products/titanium/premium-security/index

McAfee All Access
home.mcafee.com/store/all-access-security

WebRoot secureAnywhere Complete
webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-secureanywhere-complete

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albanydave607

Avira AntiVir Free please and Zone alarm

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adumontet

Hey Guy, Please review Symantec Norton 360 (now at version 7). I've been using it for years and figure it's good, but all the other Symantec products get reviewed but that one.

Thanks.

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wk

Free AV are becoming more efficient than ever.therefore, reviews for free AV are highly appreciated.
for me I'm using Avast free AV for more than 4 years without any serious incidence considering I use my laptop at work in a risky environment (connecting various infected flash drives).

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TechLarry

Vipre
ESET
SAV

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whr4usa

SAV as in Symantec AntiVirus for Enterprise Linux?

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winmaster

avast! Free Antivirus
avast! Internet Security
AVG Antivirus Free
Avira AntiVir Free
BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
BitDefender Internet Security 2013
McAfee Internet Security 2013
Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender (Are they different?)
Symantec Endpoint Protection (or Norton Internet Security if you only want consumer products)
PC Tools Internet Security

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averageGrod

I'd rather see a Free vs Paid evaluation or at least 5 free and 5 paid. I find free AV software on many of my client's machines and somehow they still manage to get a virus on them. Which leaves them asking me which version should they go with and do they really need to pay? They really need to stop opening emails blindly but a rundown of free AV software would be helpful.

AVG
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avast Free

Webroot
Norton

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