Top 10 Windows Antivirus Software 2013
Antivirus is a software used to detect and remove malware such as malicious code, computer virus, backdoors, Trojan horses, worms, key loggers and phishing attempts. There are number of paid and free antivirus software available on the internet. But one question that a user always keeps asking is that ‘which one to choose?’ so here is the answer. below is the list of Top 10 antivirus software 2013.
10). Comodo Antivirus 2013
Comodo comes last on the list. Comodo is a completely free antivirus which you can download directly from its website. Comodo has the award winning Firewall application and it provides very strong and efficient protection to your PC against all types of online threats including spamming, phishing, viruses, malwares, Trojans and hacking attempts. It provides defense for email, browsing & shopping, IM, external devices, downloads, gaming, etc and keeps your system free of all types infections. In short, Comodo is one among top 10 best free antivirus. Comodo is loaded with its own set of plugins.
But it has many disadvantages which makes it number 10th on the list. Some of them are takes huge memory, user interface is not so good, takes large time in scanning which makes it slow.
9). F-Secure Antivirus 2013
F-Secure was first established under the name Data Fellows by Petri Alas and Risto Siilasmaa in 1988. In July 2009, F-Secure purchased Steek, a French company specialized in online storage and backup services for consumers. F-secure is considered among the most powerful antivirus in market today. F-secure is among fastest with the advance technology along with some added security features. You can have it for $39.99 only. It protects your PC from most of Trojans, worms and spyware etc. F-Secure also launch its antivirus for mobile OS which protect your mobile from almost all types of virus.
But it has many disadvantages like it takes large memory space, interface is not so good, not so good in protecting your computer from malware, its services are not up to the mark.
8). Quick Heal antivirus 2013
Quick Heal is another effective antivirus that comes on number 8th in the list. It offers a great solution that delivers advance protection and simple use. A privately held company, Quick Heal Technologies was founded in 1993 and has been actively involved in Research and Development of anti-virus software since then.
Quick Heal Anti-Virus is easy to download and install. The installation is straightforward and doesn’t require a restart. And while it’s not the fastest, it’s relatively quick and performs an update immediately. Main features of Quick Heal are like PC utility tools such as PC tune-up to boost up your computer speed, Disk Cleanup to remove unwanted files, Registry Cleanup and Disk Defragmentation etc.
The main disadvantage of Quick Heal is that it is not much reliable and need to be more sophisticated.
7). AVG Antivirus 2013
Anti Virus Guard (AVG) Antivirus is one of oldest and widely used antivirus. It provides antivirus software for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux. AVG was launched in 1992 in Czech Republic. AVG contains most of the features available in a common antivirus like periodic scan, scan of sent and received mails, a quarantine area in which infected files are held and the ability to repair some virus infected files. It is available in two types i.e. Basic protection and Complete protection. Basic protection is complete free and Complete protection is paid software.
Its free version lacks protection against wireless network intruders, in spam blocking, and over all internet protection.
6). Norton Antivirus 2013
Norton antivirus is a solid 6th spot contender in our list. It was developed by Symantec Corporation. Symantec launched its first antivirus for Macintosh in 1989. It has a good malware removal and blocking. It uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses.
It has certain outstanding features like an attractive user interface and a map showing global cyber crime activity over past 24 hours. It also has certain additional tools for removal of malwares.
But its disadvantages make it number 6th in the list. Some of them are like its speed and web base protection. It has also been criticized for refusing to uninstall completely, living the files behind. To uninstall it completely you have to uninstall both Norton Antivirus and Live Update component manually.
5). Panda Antivirus 2013
Panda antivirus pro 2012 comes 5th on the list. Panda security was started in 1990, in the city of Bilbao. In 2005 Panda was considered as fourth largest antivirus vendor worldwide. In the February 2010 Panda antivirus was considered as 3rd in detection rate of the 20 vendors test. It is free but it does not include internet security. But Panda antivirus pro is paid product of panda security. Panda provides certain main features that are not provided by the other antiviruses i.e. technical support via email, easy to use, collective intelligence etc. Its paid version also provide online backup.
Disadvantage of Panda antivirus pro is that it make computer slow as compare to other antivirus. It also lacks in malware blocking.
4). Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013
Kaspersky is one of the sophisticated antivirus. It was developed by Kaspersky lab. It is primarily design for the computer running Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. According to Kaspersky, “Kaspersky Security Network service allows users of Kaspersky Lab security products from around the world to help facilitate malware identification and reduce the time it takes to provide protection against new security risks targeting your computer.”
Its main features are detection and removal of worms, Trojans, adware, key loggers, viruses etc. it also scan incoming messenger traffic and automatically disables the malware to known hosting sites.
It has certain limitations also like it does not have personal firewall, AntiSpam, AntiBanner and Parent Control tools.
3). McAfee Antivirus 2013
McAfee come number 3rd on list. McAfee is an American security software company. It is considered as one of the oldest antivirus programs and among the pioneers of the computer antivirus industry. On August 19, 2010, Intel purchase McAfee for $7.68billion. It also provides security from Trojan horse, phishing pages, key loggers and spywares. It also contains real time protection feature, simple user interface, cheaper as compare to others.
It comes in three types: McAfee Antivirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security and McAfee Total Protection.
But it also has some disadvantages like it consume lot of memory during real time protection. Another disadvantage is memory usage during scanning. The full scan may take long time if the program consumes little memory during scanning.
2). Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013
Bitdefender is paid antivirus software. It was developed by Romania-based software company Softwin and was first launched in November 2001.
It has following extra features which make it number 2 on list like it has its own firewall, an Autopilot mode to offer silent security, Rescue Mode for tough threats, Private data protection, Identity theft monitoring etc.
Bitdefender is available for almost all operating system like Windows, Mac OS, Windows mobile, Symbian OS, Linux, Solaris etc.
The only con that you will come across is its large installation. But it diminishes in front of its large number of features.
1). Microsoft Security Essentials 2013
On the list of top ten anti viruses, it is on the top. Microsoft Security Essentials is free software that can be downloaded very easily. It is generally for PC and Windows operating system enabled computer systems. Microsoft Security Essentials is top best antivirus software, in terms of security, ease of use, lightness, updates and online support, and above all its exclusively made for Windows. Its simple user interface makes it simple for users to use.
Microsoft Security Essentials’ real-time protection feature constantly monitors file and program activities on the computer, scanning new files as they are downloaded or created.
According to Microsoft, hardware requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials differ, depending on the operating system. On a computer with Windows XP, Microsoft Security Essentials requires at least a 500 MHz processor and 256 MB of memory. On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 system, Microsoft Security Essentials requires a 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. Microsoft Security Essentials also needs 800 × 600 pixels or larger display screen, 200 MB of free hard disk space and an Internet connection.
Author: Gaurank Goel
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