The virus can do many things, from stealing hard disk space to access to your personal information or draining your CPU. Fortunately, there are numerous anti-virus programs available which can help protect your devices from these types of problems. The most important thing is to select one that is not likely to have an impact on your system’s performance. This is the primary factor that all of our antivirus products are tested against. The results depend on how long it takes each program to complete an operation. For example, Kaspersky Security Cloud Free had a background impact of just 6percent while running a full scan, and ESET had a slightly higher impact of 12 percent.
Avira is a German-based company has a good reputation in our tests. It consistently scores above 90% in the three categories of Protection (False positives) and Performance (False Positives) and Usability. Its UI offers a lot of features that includes a smart “firewall” and various privacy tools. Avira’s subscriptions are priced on a monthly basis rather than a set 1-3 year period, making it easier to cancel or change the subscription at any point without worrying about 2nd-year renewal price shocks.
Essentware, formerly known as PCKeeper, is a relatively new name in our tests. It uses the Avira Engine underneath the hood. Overall, it performed well. Its performance and user interface are both simple to use however there are some stability issues which included scan jobs freezing up – have lowered the rating. The detection was satisfactory and a flawless run of the certification sets was rewarded with VB100.