In the current ever-growing cyber-crime climate, a simple antivirus program is no longer enough to safeguard your devices. A premium antivirus program will provide additional protections that go beyond malware detection, such as a VPN and performance optimization tools and password managers. You should also look for an antivirus that can be used on all operating systems and won’t slow down or hog your system resources.
The best antivirus programs can reliably detect and block various threats, including viruses trojans, worms, ransomware and spyware, as well as adware, keyloggers and rootkits. They also defend against phishing attacks by looking for the presence of malicious websites, as well as identifying fake or unsecure links.
Many companies offer a free evaluation of their software or a money-back guarantee. They will provide 24/7 customer support and a vast knowledge base online to help to solve any issues.
Microsoft Defender is the most popular antivirus software for Windows (which is included in newer Windows computers). It scores highly in tests conducted by independent labs such as AV-Test or AV-Comparatives and is quite light and unobtrusive in use however it lacks the same level of sophistication as premium standalone products.