Antivirus Performance Comparison

When selecting an antivirus program security experts and users alike look at a myriad of factors in addition to the software’s protection capabilities. Things like cost impacts on systems, usability, compatibility and personal opinion of a company’s business practices are all important elements that can play an important role in determining whether a person should choose a particular antivirus tool.

The German-based Avira is a good choice for anyone who needs an antivirus suite that provides solid test results and the option of monthly billing. This AV program has impressive test results across all categories, and offers many useful extras such as a password manager. Avira’s scans feature a subtle background effect, and aren’t extremely resource-intensive. However, the full-scan speed decrease is quite significant at 53 percent which is among the largest in our tests.

It’s not easy to determine the best free AV program since some of our top picks have some drawbacks. Kaspersky can slow down your computer by as much as 53% because of its hefty background effect, while Avast is only slightly slower at 44%. Bitdefender is on the other hand has a great free version and an excellent subscription AV program which has excellent independent test lab scores. Its feature list is extensive and includes the VPN which makes it stand out from the competition.

F-Secure is the highest-rated paid antivirus program. McAfee Total Protection and Trend Micro Internet Security are also highly evaluated. Microsoft Defender, the built-in antivirus that is included with Windows 10 and 11, is comparatively lightweight, only having a background impact of 9%. However, it may cause significant system slowdowns while performing full system scans.

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