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

206

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

iguana15

I would like a review of Emsisoft's product line.

I started using their products after MaxPC's first review of them several years ago (by the incomparable Will Smith no less).

Also include MS Security Essentials and ESET. Thx.

avatar

djhill

I vote for Nod32, malwarebytes, and kaspersky.

avatar

Joe The Plummer

I guess the results are in!

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/novdec-2012/

AV-Test.org has failed MSE, AhnLab (never heard of it) and PC Tools Internet Security.

I have a couple of computers that run MSE and Windows Defender that don't really house anything critical nor do I really browse the web on them, but looks like I'll be finding another solution for anti-virus on them anyway based on this. MSE got a 1.5 out of 5 for stopping threats.

avatar

bhelms85

I think this is probably the best order imo and should get reviewed:

1. 360.cn Malware Defender
2. Comodo 2013
3. Rising
4. Kaspersky IS
5. BitDefender
6. Avira
7. Norton 360
8. F-Secure
9. AVG
10. TrendMicro

avatar

zarkaram

Avast Internet Security

avatar

robjob118

Microsoft Security Essential and ESET 6

avatar

mah3

I'd like to see these two included as well.

avatar

HKUSPC40

I would never use anything other than Norton 360 because it does so much more than just protect my computer...

avatar

alabasterdragon

As a former Norton User, I'll tell you Norton 360 SUCKS at pretty much all that it does.

Carbonite is far better as the online backup.
Cleaner will clean up thousands of junk files that Norton leave behind

The only thing Norton 360 does better than just about everything else is slow down you computer.

I don't think slowing down the computer to the point the use can't stand to use it is a very effective virus avoidance strategy!!!

That's not mentioning all the false positives I get with Norton

Speaking of MPC; can we get a comparison of how much each AV slows the PC down, how much memory it eats, etc...

avatar

HKUSPC40

I don't notice Norton at all albeit I built my PC and it's a beast... Rarely get false positives and love the monthly security reports. Managing a whole bunch of programs that may or may not be better than one that does it all is annoyingly time consuming (especially when Norton automates a lot it's processes).

Edit: I use a personal NAS for backup (the only thing I don't use Norton for).

avatar

MrHasselblad

In 2009 Carbonite admitted that it lost the data of over 7,500 members; most of which lost all of their data.

...And take a guess at how many people have also lost all of their data since that date to the same company? To any unfortunate person that would rely solely to Carbonite for backup - storing to something like an 8" floppy or even a cassette tape looks better

avatar

kevaskous

BitDefender
Kaspersky
MSE
Avast

those are my picks.

avatar

Cobol2Man

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013

avatar

Joe The Plummer

If you're reviewing 10, these are my 10 picks in order of priority.

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013
PC Tools Internet Security
F-Security Internet Security 2013
Comodo Internet Security Pro 2013
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
BitDefender Internet Security 2013
BullGuard Internet Security 2013
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
Webroot SecureAnywere Internet Security Plus 2013

avatar

hughsaccount

Purchased

I have read good things about GData Total Security would like to hear your take on it test wise.

BitDefender Internet Security 2013

Norton 360

Webroot SecureAnywere Internet Security Plus 2013

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

avast! Internet Security

ESET Smart Security 6

Free

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2013

BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition

avast! Free Antivirus

AVG Antivirus Free

Microsoft Security Essentials

Comodo Internet Security Free

avatar

Blackheart-1220

I've been using avast for quite a while so i'd love to see what you guys think about avast! Free Antivirus and avast! Internet Security

avatar

Hilarity

MSE is a joke. Bitdefender 2013 is the best current suite. Go on, google it. Better than Kaspersky, better than Norton.

avatar

bhelms85

Not better than 360 Malware Defender

avatar

Sir Hobbes3

I would really like to see how MSE reviews as I like it and it seems to do a good job, but with games, there are some the play well but don't review well and vice versa.

avatar

ibgeezer

I vote for Norton 360 since I am locked in with Comcast and 360 is free, which has me spinning in circles in a square hole. Kaspersky has messed up the computer and me too much. I have used many others over the years, but am wondering on the effectiveness of 360 for general home use with no social media since I live in a cave and general browsing seeking nutrition. What is the best bang for the buck for wanna be nerds and who has the better support? Keep up the good work maxpc!

avatar

boidsonly

How about the top 3 free AV programs (AVG, Avast, MSE) compared to the top AV fee programs?

avatar

alabasterdragon

Yes a comparison of only free AV programs.

I hate reviews that compare MSE for AVG free to a list of 20 pay AV programs.

Compare apples with apples and oranges with oranges.

if you are going to compare AVG with Norton Eset and McCrappy then use the pay version. Compare AVG free with MSE, avast free, etc.

avatar

Biceps

It would be great if you could do an extensive review of FREE AV apps, and then compare them to the top PAID AV apps. Every time I buy a PC, someone is trying to up-sell me on some AV platform or another. I want to know, do the free options stack up, or am I putting myself, my family, my dog and my country at risk by going with the free av options? Does choosing AVG Free or Avira Free make me an irresponsible fool, or are the people paying good money for that which I am getting for free the suckers?

avatar

alabasterdragon

I second that!

avatar

OS-Wiz

MS Security Essentials

avatar

Led Weappelin

Looks like I'm not the only one here who uses Norton. They get so much sheet from many past users of the program but that was the old Norton, not the one we are currently using. Much over looked and underrated IMO. Yes it costs money, but for piece of mind it's worth it.

avatar

j_offiong

Norton 360; MSE; Forefront

avatar

knexkid

Avira Free, AVG Free, and Avast Free

avatar

quatro

Norton 360.

I know the features aren't worth the money, but Comcast gives it out free to its subscribers, and I want to know if its slowing down my computers or not protecting them as much.

avatar

fdwhacker

avast! Free Antivirus, avast! Internet Security, AVG Antivirus Free, AVG Internet Security 2013, BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition, BitDefender Internet Security 2013, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton Internet Security and Webroot SecureAnywere Internet Security Plus 2013.

avatar

Adr3naline3

Definitely the top freebies: MSE, AVG, Avast
Also, the latest editions of: McAfee, Norton, Trend, ESET, Malware Bytes, Hitman Pro

avatar

slibinz

I want you to review Norton Internet Security, because I have Comcast and you get NIS free with an Xfinity account.

avatar

wrldqueeek

Avast free anti-virus.

It's what I use, I'd like to see how it stacks up.

avatar

phoenixjc

I would like to see Sophos added to the list. While it might be used most frequently in the business scape, they do offer an end user solution. Since they tend to be fairly respected in their field, I think it is only fair that their product be scrutinized the same as others.

avatar

MacDaddy98

I would like to see ESET NOD32 Antivirus reviewed - NOT the Smart Security Suite. I've had very good results with just the AV offering from this vendor. Seems like resource usage and system impact are low and it has kept me infection-free for years. Good reviews from other independent A/V review sites over the years.

avatar

Paper Jam

I would like to see Malwarebytes, Super Antispyware, MSE, AVG, Norton, McAfee, and all the other free options you can fit in.

avatar

dessa

I'd like to see a series of 3 articles.
1) Top Free anti-virus apps
2) Top Paid anti-virus apps
3) Cage-match face off between the winners!

avatar

RJBlock

Still using Norton 360. I would like to see how it compares to other products, in particular Norton Internet Security.

avatar

RJBlock

Still using Norton 360. I would like to see how it compares to other products, in particular Norton Internet Security.

avatar

ahamling27

MSE for sure!

avatar

albe23

AVG and microsoft security essentials, and any new players to the game.

avatar

tony2tonez

Norton Internet Security and Kasperkey. I have Norton 2012 and have it for another 6months but was thinking about switching to Kasperkey.

avatar

jojoguy10

I'm currently using Microsoft Security Essentials, but I want to know if it's better or worse than AVG Free Edition.

avatar

Paper Jam

+1

avatar

Cleaver

I know Trend Micro was garbage a while back, so I want to see if they have improved any.

avatar

jaygregz

Yeah.. I would love to see a review of all the free antivirus programs. I was running no antivirus at all for the longest time but recently was exposed to a bitcoinminer trojan which required me to try about 5 different free antivirus solutions before I finally removed the damn thing.

Ad-aware, avast, AVG, AVIRA, COMODO, PCtools, Malwarebytes and MSE.

Since I've tried most of these within the last few weeks.. here are the results I have seen. AVG had a high amount of false positives.. so I ended up deleting it. Ad-aware seems to have the fastest scan time but also has given my 2 pop ups asking me to buy their full version. Avast has my favorite interface but that seems irrelevant and has large banner ads that seem in the way in the free version.

I also would like to see F-Security Internet Security 2013 reviewed since I too have Charter and they give it away for free.

avatar

thezeph

I want to see Norton Internet Security reviewed again. You have reviewed it in the passed and they've done quite well, which is the reason i've purchased it in previous years. My subscription with it ends in a month or two and i would like to see how they still hold up. If they're slacking off, I'll go with something else, but if they're still good I'd like to renew my subscription. Thanks!

avatar

nagelfar

I would like to see the ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall suite benchmarked. The program uses the scanning engine from Kaspersky, so I wonder how well it fares ..

avatar

SirBC

Now that Webroot has been completely revamped (Prevx engine), I'd like to see how this <1MB program performs.

avatar

brigor

And AVG Free. That will give a nice pay-vs-free comparison. Maybe free can be better?

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.