Last Updated Nov. 24th 2012
Below you will find a list of Anti-Virus as rated by third party companies. This list updates often, check back montly for updates. All ratings are based on Windows 8.1 x64 and differ for each operating system. Visit AV-Test.org or AV-Comparatives.org for the latest up-to-date information for your opterating system.
AVG Anti-Virus Free continues to offer an excellent if not perfect level of security, and deserves a serious shot at being your go-to suite. If you're unhappy with your current suite because of its impact on your system performance, AVG is worth checking out. You get a fair number of extras when you pay to upgrade, but it's not essential and really only for people who either feel safer when they pay or want the added bonuses. However, if you're on a Windows Vista or XP computer, you definitely ought to have a firewall upgrade. You could get a free one, but if system resources are a concern, it's worth checking out one that's bolted to a security suite as with AVG's paid suites.
Our entry-level antivirus eliminates many forms of malware, including worms, rootkits and costly dialers. Basic protection doesn't get any easier. It takes just two clicks to install and configure your free antivirus. Avira Free Antivirus has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on over 13 qualified reviews by independent experts.
Bitdefender's excellent performance was confirmed again in September with the latest results from independent testing. The elite anti-virus company has the highest year-to-date score in AV-TEST's rigorous, independent trials, beating competitors including Norton, Kaspersky and McAfee the independent lab's test results. Anything Less is Second Best! The achievement crowns a year of accolades and awards, including PC Mag's Editor's Choice, distinctions from reviewers such as CNET, Laptop Magazine, PC PRO, WebUser, PC Achat and Micro Actuel, and top results from leading industry organizations including AV-Comparatives and VB100.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 brings you the essential antivirus technologies that your PC needs, in a product that's easy to download, install and run. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 works behind-the-scenes, defending you and your PC against viruses, spyware, Trojans, rootkits and other threats... all without significant impact on your PC's performance.
Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, Key Loggers, Hijackers, Parasites, Root kits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats. Light on System Resources and won't slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won't conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution! Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!