5 Best Antivirus Programs

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 5 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.

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

1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 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 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 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 Anti-Malware Premium without spending a dime.

Buy Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium ($24.95 - 1 year, 3 PCs)

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. See my review here for more information.

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



3. AVG Internet Security 2015


AVG Internet Security 2015 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 8, 7, Vista, XP

AVG Internet Security 2015 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.



4. ESET NOD32 Antivirus


ESET NOD32 Antivirus works with 1 computer and includes a gamer mode, Facebook/Twitter protection, automatic updates, and free support (given after you purchase the program of course).

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

Compatible OS: Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Home Server 2003 and 2011

A 30 day trial of ESET NOD32 Antivirus is optional to test it before you make a purchase.

Buy ESET NOD32 Antivirus ($59.99 - Save 25% if you purchase a two-year plan.)


5. Kaspersky Internet Security 2015


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 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

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

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Buy Kaspersky Internet Security 2015  ($59.95 for 1 year or $44.98 for 2 years paid at once [$89.95 total])

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