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They are capable of doing many things, from stealing hard disk space to gaining access to your private information or draining your CPU. There are numerous anti-virus programs available to shield your gadgets from these problems. It is essential to select an anti-virus that has minimal impact on your system’s performance. This is a key factor that all of our antivirus programs are tested against. The results below are based on the amount of time it takes for each program to perform an operation. For example, Kaspersky Security Cloud Free had a background impact of 6percent when performing the full scan, while ESET had a slightly greater impact of 12 percent.
Avira is a German-based company. Avira is a reputable company in our tests and consistently performs above 90% in all three categories – Security, Performance and Usability (False Positives). Its user interface offers a wide range of features, including a smart “firewall” and a variety of 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 time, without worrying about 2nd-year renewal price shocks.
Essentware, formerly known as PCKeeper it is a new name in our tests. It uses the Avira Engine that runs under the hood. Overall, it did quite well. Its UI is simple to use and its performance was good this month, but there were some issues with stability, mostly related to scan jobs locking up – have lowered the rating. However, detection was quite good, and a perfect run through the certification sets earned it an VB100 award.