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5 Best Antivirus Programs (July, 2017)

Last updated July, 2017

There are plenty of free antivirus programson-demand scanners, and bootable AV programs out there, including varieties of some of the ones below. You'll want to use a professional antivirus program to ensure you have maximum security for your computer or business.

Below are five of the best professional antivirus programs that will do well protecting your computer from viruses.

Let me know if you wish to see a review of a different antivirus program.

Note: My favorite is for sure Malwarebytes Premium, but these are in no particular order:

1. Malwarebytes Premium


Malwarebytes is the most often used on-demand virus scanner on the market - even the free version. However, this premium edition gives you real-time virus protection, scheduled scanning, and everything you'd expect in an antivirus program.

There are three scanning modes to scan custom areas of the computer, the entire system, or things like the memory to find currently running malware.

Main Features: Real-time protection, blocks phishing attempts, scheduled scans, heuristic scanning, update scheduler, compatible with other antivirus software, finds rootkits

Compatible OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

Malwarebytes is one of the cheapest antivirus programs I could find and it even works on 3 computers.

There's a 14 day trial available so you can test Malwarebytes Premium without spending a dime.

Buy Malwarebytes Premium ($39.99 - 1 year, 1 PC)

If you pay for Malwarebytes Premium for two years instead, you can get the price to drop down to $59.99 for those two years, which is essentially $30 /year instead of $40.

You can also buy this program for 2-10 computers for $10 extra for each computer (i.e. six computers would cost $89.99).

2. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus


Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is a popular brand of antivirus software. They have free versions and complete, full-blown AV software that's great for home users and business users alike.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus uses little CPU power and memory, can be managed remotely, secures passwords in a virtual wallet, and protects USB devices, among many other features.

There's also a free version of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus that you can try before you purchase it.

See my review of Bitdefender for more information.

Buy Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (1 PC, 1 Year Subscription) ($39.95 - 1 year, 1 PC)

Tip: Get 20% off Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (save $7.99) with the AB7A21C09B discount code. It's valid through the rest of 2017.


3. AVG Internet Security Unlimited


AVG has a superb free version that's very popular called AVG Free Antivirus. They also have this great professional version of the product that includes some really nice features.

Main Features: Website link scanner, file download shield, anti-spam, firewall, file shredder, file encryptor, technical support, scheduled scans, rootkit finder

Compatible OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

AVG Internet Security Unlimited can be used on an unlimited number of computers for that one price, per year. You can not only scan and monitor for viruses but also shred files, scan email, protect from online scams, and check links in your web browser.

Review & Purchase Link for AVG Internet Security Unlimited ($69.99 - 1 year,  unlimited devices)


4. ESET NOD32 Antivirus


ESET NOD32 Antivirus works with one to five computers (depending on what you pay for) and includes a gamer mode, Facebook/Twitter protection, automatic updates, and free support.

Main Features: Social media scanner, exploit blocker, gamer mode, antivirus, anti-phishing, automatic USB device scans, memory scanner

Compatible OS: Mac and Windows XP through Windows 10

Download a trial of ESET NOD32 Antivirus if you'd rather test it out before making a purchase.

Buy ESET NOD32 Antivirus ($39.99 - 1 year, 1 PC )

When you're ready to checkout, can save some money if you purchase this AV program for two or three years at once instead the one year price you see here.


5. Kaspersky Internet Security


Kaspersky has many tools to help fend against viruses, and their professional Internet Security program does just that.

The price is a little high, but the program doesn't suck up all your system resources and it's really simple to use.

Main Features: Cloud updating, firewall, real-time protection, application control, anti-phishing, frequent updates, link/website scanner, anti ad/banner, gamer mode, technical support, rescue CD

Compatible OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

A two-way firewall is included with a virtual keyboard and anti-phishing capabilities, among many other great features.

You can try this program free for 30 days on the checkout page if you choose not to buy it right now.

Buy Kaspersky Internet Security  ($54.99 - 1 year, 3 devices)

You can also buy Kaspersky Internet Security for five devices but the cost rises to $62.99 /year.

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