Welcome to our second toplist of antivirus software. The following are independently reviewed security products, compiled from a list of average reviews for 2013 products!
Premium antivirus software provides the best antivirus protection and safeguards your computer, your identity, and all of your personal information saved on the computer. Some programs provide extra features, such as free online backup, auto-sandbox (which runs your programs in a safe environment to make sure they are not malicious), and social networking protection. The percentages in rank were based on an average of virus removal, protection, and overall performance. Note: only some testing data is available, here.
- Bitdefender – 95% – Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 builds on #1 ranked silent security technology to stop e-threats, secure online transactions, and defend your privacy on social networks.
- Kaspersky – 90% – The next recommended program, Kaspersky Antivirus, usually yields the highest results in antivirus testing groups, and is one of the most trusted. Its antivirus product is well worth its cost. What’s even better is the amount of features it has – and the strength of each feature. Each individual feature has a good amount of protection involved. It truly is the pro-active piece of software that every computer needs!
- Norton – 87% – Symantec’s awesome Norton products have grown up from a nice antivirus to a very awesome powerhouse packed with great features and a cool-looking interface. Although the interface is a little tough for beginners, it sure has the amount of protection-based features needed to keep the viruses out! With its new identity protection interfaces, it deserves spot two!
- F-Secure – 84.4% – F-Secure software has risen up to become a great competitor to other antivirus vendors. Its feature-rich interface and good heuristics, paired with lightweight performance, makes this program a star! Kudos!
- Trend Micro – 83.8% – This vendor has absolutely grown up lately, from a bit mediocre to a much better, more advanced antivirus program. They have truly made reviewers (like me) proud!
- G Data – 81% – This vendor is not exactly as we expected, when people were telling us how good they are. But, they did do a good job blocking threats, but removing existing threats took quite a while to do. I can understand being thorough, but being a bit more timely might be a good idea..
- BullGuard – 78% – This was unexpected. BullGuard, like Trend Micro, surprised us big time. The amount of effort the developers put into this program was unbelievable. We say kudos to the developers! Some improvement is still needed, but nonetheless, good job!
- AVG – 77% – AVG for years has provided good protection. It provides great feature rich software. The only takeaway, the problem of false positives, but more realistically – once a system has been infected, AVG software gets hostile (which requires complete uninstall and reinstall for it to work properly again). Their response on false positives is not quick enough, which can cause problems with trust. Trust is very important to PC users. This program came in spot eight, again, because of that!
- Avast – 76% – This antivirus program may very well be the feature-rich program of the year. Improving greatly from previous years, it shows each new year how much it has grown to be a beneficial program for almost any system. The only problem that was seen in Avast Pro Antivirus compared to other ones listed above this one, were the ability to stop a malicious download immediately in its tracks. However, with every new program update comes a much better way to block these infected sites.
- Webroot – 75% – Webroot has stepped it up with SecureAnywhere, after SpySweeper was retired, but they need to step it up more. Especially on the aspects of removal and protection. Antivirus software needs to be more of protecting and keeping the user safe, not just removing viruses.
- Avira – 74% – Avira provides social networking protection, anti-phishing, and pro-active HIPS protection in its newer versions of antivirus. However, it may not be as feature-rich as other programs in its class, and this may take away from the functionality of the antivirus engine (which failed to block a few threats) and does not remove some viruses very well (maybe lacking the proper tools to do it). It did not block 100% of malware, but came fairly – blocking approximately 96% of threats.
- ESET – 72.3% ESET has done a great job making NOD32 Antivirus in to a lightweight powerhouse! However, it lacks the ability to find all of the viruses on a hostile system, and the heuristics are a bit lacking. But, hopefully, next year will be much better.
- Panda Security – 71.9% – This one was a hard one to judge. When tested on many different systems in the past, it was recognized to provide good protection and great features, however, it lacked performance. Some of the performance lacks had to do with running on a hostile system around a lot of viruses: the program had slowed to a halt. However, the sandbox system, good heuristics, and overall complete protection is what makes it okay!
- GFI Vipre – 70.7% – no review written.
- McAfee – 66% – no review written.
Free antivirus software provides a temporary means to safeguard your computer, while you can save money for a premium investment…
- Avast – This is growing itself a trend for the best free antivirus. It is thought one of the best promotion techniques they have used in the recent year was contests for their users. From what was seen in our perspective, Avast has an awesomely fast antivirus engine. However, it barely slipped from first place due to its false positives and lack of stronger heuristics needed for the bigger threats. But, since it is free, it goes to show that users need a premium antivirus protection.
- AVG – Its good detection and smart heuristics allow it to be a powerful antivirus program, however, it has dealt with false positives on an uncomfortable scale before, so second place is where it sits this time!
- Avira – What is good about Avira Free is that it continually shows good protection against all Windows platforms. What is bad is that it cannot run 100% on heavily infected systems. This is a common problem with antivirus software, but Avira Free has shown to not function very well. May be due to the lack of a well-coded self-protection driver, but nonetheless good luck in the future!
- ZoneAlarm – It is assured that ZoneAlarm’s new free program has what it takes to be a good antivirus program. However, due to a few false positives, it ranked 4th this time.
- Microsoft Security Essentials – This comes far as one of the most lightweight and simplistic antivirus programs on the market. Microsoft is the maker of the Windows operating system, of course, so it gave users a trustworthiness factor for Microsoft Security Essentials. However, due to the fact it has missed quite a few viruses and it does not remove viruses pretty well, it ranked last on the free list.
Thanks for reading this review. Feel free to comment below. 🙂
The RSA conference is a yearly security conference where various internet security topics are discussed. Well, this year’s discussions are quite intense, and involve many of the latest problems.
- Security training is an important thing for any person. Teaching people about the seriousness of threats is highly important. Not just about some of the basics of threats, like an IP address, firewalls, or antivirus software. But, more than that, more focused on trends in computer security, social engineering, etc. With the increase of people using tablets, smartphones, etc., there is a big need for understanding cybersecurity. (Secure Connexion has their own ventured school, SecuSchool, hosted on a sister website.)
- Cybersecurity on Planet Earth is in big trouble! Experts state that the internet was designed to be build without security concerns. However, with password theft, business attacks, fraud, phishing, etc. – this makes internet security far more important. Problem is, attackers are also getting organized with their criminal activity. With that, there is a need for counterintelligence methods.
- “Too big to be good” is how most security companies are being stated as. By the time new businesses are started fighting new cyberthreats, criminals already have new plans being carried out.
- Free personal data (in numbers of petabytes) are out there in social media and analytics. Scams, fraud, and phishing scams can be built with the free information available online.
- Mobile malware on the rise. An apparent 30% of malware submissions (not necessarily new) are reported to come from mobile platforms.
- Cyberespionage is on the rise big time! Governments are spying on each other, gathering information, stealing secrets, and preparing to construct cyberattacks.
- There are a lot of good security startups, which are making steady advances toward the future of cybersecurity. We’re just one of those startups.
Today, continuing in RSA, keynote speeches will be posed from Vint Cerf of Google, Philippe Courtot of Qualys with special guess John Pescatore of SANS Institute, Christopher Young of Cisco, Mike Fey of McAfee, and Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia.
Last year’s conference highlights were as follows:
- Application, cloud, data, and mobile security
- Hacking and other threats
- Governance & laws
- Risk & compliance
- Professional development
- Strategy & architecture
- Technology infrastructure
We will most likely have more details about RSA 2013 in the coming days. The conference runs from February 25-March 1 in San Francisco.
Are the latest band of exploits too challenging for you? Want something different? Tired of updating Adobe Reader once to twice a week?
Here is a short list of PDF viewers, the best alternatives for Adobe Reader.
- Sumatra PDF
This program is extremely lightweight, easy on resources, and fun to use for its ability to get the job done. Open a PDF.
- Foxit Reader
Free, lightweight – Foxit Reader is a great alternative for Adobe Reader. Although not as thin on the resources or fast like Sumatra, Foxit sure has a lot to offer. How about text converter, highlighting, or even integration with DocuSign services? Awesome!
- Nitro PDF Reader
This is similar to Sumatra. Nitro has some other features to offer, including free editing tools. This does have a bit of a pokey interface, like Adobe Reader can be sometimes, but still looks slick!
There you have it! Good luck!
Thanks for being readers to the seCURE Connexion blog. It is our honor to bring the latest security news and developments to your media attention. This is a 2012 year-in-review of some of the most popular posts here on the blog.
- Antivirus Software Toplist – this was the best post on the blog this year, as we reviewed the latest in antivirus software and security suites.
- Miley Cyrus Sex Tape Scam Details – this was just behind our toplist for antivirus software, in which Miley Cyrus was a victim of the latest celebrity “fake leakage” of a sex tape.
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Bring-Your-Own-Device in Education – we thoroughly reviewed what it was like to use the BYOD perspective in education, and whether it was good or bad.
- FAQ: How Did ZeroAccess/Sirefef Infect You? – One of the year’s worst propagating trojan/rootkits, this FAQ helped answer some questions.
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Single-Sign-On Technology – we fully reviewed what it was like to deal with Single-Sign-On technology in the upcoming years.
- ZeroAccess/Sirefef Infects up to 9 Million PCs – We discussed the troubles of ZeroAccess trojan and how fast it propagated.
- All about TPM Chip in Windows 8 – Microsoft is Many Years Late – We discuss how Microsoft is many years late on implementing the TPM chip in Windows 8-based devices.
- Windows 8 medical app, EMR Surface launched – the first great medical app for Windows 8 was released, introducing medical technology to the Windows 8 market.
- RasGas energy company hacked
- Rakshasa Case Study: Really Undetectable?
Hope you had fun reading. Thanks again for joining us on this security blog. 🙂
Federal regulators are proposing that new automobiles sold in the United States after September 2014 come equipped with black boxes, so-called “event data recorders” that chronicle everything from how fast a vehicle was traveling, the number of passengers and even a car’s location.
While many automakers have voluntarily installed the devices already, the National Transportation Safety Agency wants to hear your comments by February 11 on its proposal mandating them in all vehicles. Congress has empowered the agency to set motor-vehicle-safety rules.
Clearly, regulators’ intentions are about safety, as the devices would trigger — for about 30 seconds — during so-called “events” such as during sudden breaking, acceleration, swerving or other types of driving that might lead to an accident. The data, which can either be downloaded remotely or by a physical connection, depending upon a vehicle’s model, is to be used by manufacturers and regulators “primarily for the purpose of post-crash assessment of vehicle safety system performance,” according to an announcement in the Federal Register. (.pdf)