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Not only do the vast majority of PC users run some type of antivirus software, but most of them pay for security, according to a new survey by AV-Comparatives, an independent testing lab. There's not a wide gap between those who pay for security software and those who opt for freebie programs -- 51 percent to 47 percent, respectively -- but it is interesting when you consider that Internet security suites have a stigma of being bloated and slow.
We know that's not always true, as evidenced by our annual AV roundups in which some suites barely have an impact on performance. Regardless, the survey also revealed that the performance impact is the most important aspect of AV software, followed by a good detection rate being the second most important and good malware removal and cleaning capabilities ranking third.
According to the survey, Avast is the most popular anti-malware vendor in North America on the desktop, followed by ESET, Microsoft, Symantec, Kaspersky Lab, Malwarebytes, Bitdefender, Avira, AVG, Webroot, Panda, and F-Secure. In terms of mobile, the top 10 list includes (in order) Avast, Lookout, AVG, Bitdefender, Kaspersky Lab, TrustGo, ESET, Webroot, Malwarebytes, and Symantec.
You can view the full survey here (PDF).