Regardless of whether you’ve had your device for a while now or you’ve just unpacked it from the safety of its box, one of the first things you need to install on it is a good antivirus. This is 2017 – Malware, worms, browser hijackers, and viruses are very real and can be quite concerning if you’re stuck dealing with one or more. An outstanding antivirus program is just as important for phones and tablets as it is for computers, as well. Basically, if you’re using it to connect to the internet, you need to be making sure that it’s protected.
There are so many different antivirus programs out there, though – Which one are you supposed to choose? We’ve rounded up the seven best antivirus programs available on the market today and summed their features up for you so that you can make an informed choice and go with whichever one’s best for you.
It’s not that there aren’t any good free antivirus programs out there. There are a few tools that really aren’t all that bad, but the truth is that you’re almost always going to get better service, more functionality, and sometimes even bonus features when you opt for a paid service instead.
With all of that said and out of the way, here’s the best of the best antivirus software for 2017:
WebRoot SecurityAnywhere Antivirus 2017
The Pros: Exceptionally lightweight; packed with tons of awesome features; a money-back guarantee period longer than most.
The Cons: More expensive than some others on the list.
The Price: 1 Year – $29.99 (one device); $44.99 (up to three devices);$59.99 (up to five devices)
A lot of software that claims to be lightweight really isn’t all that small at all. WebRoot SecurityAnywhere Antivirus 2017 is different – It barely takes up 2MB of your hard drive! Another downside to similar software is that it ends up taking a bunch of your bandwidth for signature updates, but not this one!
WebRoot Security Antivirus comes jam-packed with a ton of nifty features, as well. In addition to the core antivirus protection (which runs exceptionally well and doesn’t seem to come up with as many false-positives as some other things on the list do), it’s also jam-packed with other nifty features – It comes equipped with very accurate anti-phishing, anti-ransomware (enhanced), real-time firewall and network connection monitors, and more.
The company is so sure that you’ll love their small, bloat-free product that they offer a 70-day money back guarantee on it. You have nothing to lose! Click here to try it out.
Norton Security Antivirus
The Pros: One of the most extensive and thorough programs on the market; an impressive amount of features; incredibly effective, reliable, and trustworthy.
The Cons: May be a little too effective for some users; kind of pricey in comparison to some of the others on the list.
The Price: 1 Year* – $39.99 (one device); $49.99 (up to five devices).
*Price changes after the first year of service. Details below.
Norton is probably one of the most recognizable names in the antivirus game, and with good reason – They blow a lot of other software out of the water when it comes to security. They’re definitely a little pricier than some other software out there, but depending on your needs it might be worth it.
Their incredibly well-rounded package includes a metric ton of features such as a firewall, browsing protector, a password manager, and a whole lot more. The thing that Norton is especially good at is making sure that your device doesn’t end up getting infected in the first place by refusing to download files it doesn’t trust and blocking websites with malware. This is kind of a pain if you like trying out the latest and greatest in free software on the regular, but it can be pretty handy if you want to make sure that your kid’s phone or laptop doesn’t fall victim to viruses while they’re innocently browsing on a game site.
Norton gives you a first year discount of sorts – The first year of service is $39.99, but from year two on it will cost $69.99 instead. You might find that it’s more cost-effective for you to opt for the Deluxe package instead; for ten dollars more a month from year two on, you can protect up to five devices instead. Works on phones, tablets, PC, and Mac. Download it here.
BitDefender Antivirus Plus
The Pros: Very accurate and efficient; trusted name; incredibly reliable; good value for the money you pay; feature-rich enough for normal users; shows malicious sites in your search engine results.
The Cons: A little prone to false positives; the anti-ransomware feature sometimes decides to block legitimate sites.
The Price: Up to three devices – $39.99 (one year); $119.99 (three years)
BitDefender is another incredibly popular name, and it’s also another that’s earned its acclaim. Boasting such features as a secure browser for online shopping and banking transactions, a built-in password manager to give your most fragile data an extra layer of security, and a handy module that shows you which links in your search results contain malware (plus a whole lot more), it’s more than worth the small investment. It also happens to be a favorite pick among the independent tester crowd.
A small downfall to BitDefender is that sometimes it will tell you that a perfectly legitimate program is unsafe and block it. It doesn’t happen often, but it can.
Ultimately, this software is more than worth its premium. It’s a popular choice for good reason and should work flawlessly on all of your devices.
(Pro Tip: If you spend just a little bit more and spring for the Total Security 2017 edition, you end up with even more value for your money!)
Panda Antivirus Global Protection 2017 Edition
The Pros: User-friendly interface; lets you customize your tiles to your liking; a rescue kit that’s actually bootable in the event something manages to make its way through your defenses; chat support.
The Cons: None.
The Price: One device – $27.99 (one year); $45.49 (two years); $59.49 (three years).
Panda has a pretty decent free antivirus that comes with quite a few handy and user-friendly features, but we think that it’s definitely worth the small investment to upgrade to the premium version if only to escape the annoying popups that beg you to upgrade anyway. Getting up and running is super simple – Just plug your email address in and you’re good to go.
This antivirus program always scored high with independent testers. Its URL blocking feature makes sure that you don’t accidentally click on any malicious websites and, in the event that something does manage to break through and try to infect your system, it comes equipped with a rescue kit so that you can take care of it in a safe and easy-to-use environment.
The Global Protection edition also boasts VIP services, excellent customer service via chat support, identity protection, and more. It will definitely keep all of your various devices safe (even your Mac!). You can get it here.
F-Secure Antivirus 2017
The Pros: Doesn’t make your system lag; runs incredibly fast in comparison to some others; an interface that’s wonderfully user-friendly.
The Cons: Does return false positives from time to time; costs a little more than some of the others on the list.
The Price: 1 Year – $67.49 (up to three devices); $82.49 (up to five devices); $97.49 (up to seven devices).
F-Secure Antivirus 2017 is the perfect solution for anyone that just wants to put something that’s going to protect them on their device and go about their day. This no fuss no muss software almost always scores highly for accuracy and offers excellent real-time browsing in addition to monitoring. Another big plus is that it can run alongside other security tools without causing any issues (which is a lot more than many other antivirus programs can say).
It’s lightweight enough to not make your computer lag and easy enough to use that it’s perfect for beginners. Basically, you just install it and rest easy knowing that your system is safe and secure – What more could you want?
There is one small downside, but whether or not it’ll affect you really depends on how you use your computer on a day-to-day basis. It tends to return more false positives than some of the other programs on this list, but unless you’re someone that loves downloading and playing with new freeware regularly, you probably don’t need to worry about it. To secure your device(s) with F-Secure, give it a download here.
Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security
The Pros: Cheaper than many of the others on this list; easy to use; complete, comprehensive protection; an awesome bonus package with a ton of handy extras.
The Cons: Fairly high number of false positives in comparison to some of the other software on this list; has the potential to possibly make your system run slower; ransomware package is fairly new.
The Price: One device – $39.95 (one year); $64.95 (two years)
This user-friendly software comes equipped with an anti-spam module that’s better than quite a few others and it always comes back with fantastic scores in regards to protection. The price is decent and the products itself is incredibly simple to navigate.
As far as false positive scores go, the jury seems to be out. It seems that in some cases, the software functions flawlessly and doesn’t weigh systems down at all, and in others, it slows devices down and returns a higher than average number of them. A big pro here is that they offer a 30-day trial; your best bet is to try it out and see how it functions for you. Provided that you don’t experience the issues that some others seem to, this is an excellent program for protection. Try it out!
Kaspersky Antivirus 2017
The Pros: One of the best antivirus security packages available; only gives you what you’re going to use; incredibly effective and extremely reliable.
The Cons: Expensive in comparison to others.
The Price: Up to three devices – $59.99 (one year); $119.98 (two years); $179.97 (three years).
Kaspersky is a great investment if you want to get the best of the best without all of the unnecessary extras attached. It’s a favorite among testers and always boasts high scores when it comes to protection.
In addition to the real-time protection that this software offers, it’s also remarkably good at removing viruses and malware from an already infected system.
It is a bit pricier than some of the other items on the list, but it still costs a lot less than having to buy a new device because you accidentally clicked on a malicious link and your current antivirus didn’t catch it. KAV is our Editor’s Choice antivirus of 2017.
What do you think the greatest antivirus software of 2017 is and why?