Which Antivirus is Right for You?
It seems there are so many antivirus choices available today that no one knows just where to start. You know that you absolutely MUST have some virus protection though.
Friend of a Friend Computers wants this to be simple for you, so we are going to break it down into three categories, and you need only choose the one that is right for you.
- Free - Paid - Managed -
Free antivirus has been around for a long time. The companies that make this software available have a few different ways of making their money. Some lock away premium features unless you upgrade, while others limit how “up-to-date” your protection is if you don’t pay.
One of the most user-friendly options is Avira Free Antivirus.
Avira doesn’t use either of the above tactics. They simply let you use the program with hopes that you will enjoy it. There is a small ad that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen once every day or two asking if you would like to purchase the paid version.
While one can make the argument that you get what you pay for, and free antivirus will never be as-good-as paid, we feel that Avira has always done an excellent job at protecting the PCs it is installed on.
Who is it for?
Anyone who has a computer, does not currently have antivirus, and cannot afford to buy a license.
This is the largest of all the antivirus categories as there are thousands of options. While most paid antivirus programs do work to some extent, we like to measure the quality of virus protection on two main factors. How well it detects viruses (Detection Rate), and the amount said software will slow down your PC (Application Weight).
Some of the major frontrunners in this category include Norton, McAfee, AVG, Avast, Comodo, and Kaspersky.
In my opinion, we can rule out recommendations for Norton, McAfee, AVG, and Avast right off the bat, owing to their Application Weight. These programs just feel like they slow down the PC they are installed on way too much for my liking.
AV-Comparatives.org, an independent antivirus testing company has completed their September 2017 Real-World Protection Test. We used those results to guide our recommendation.
Based on its 90%+ Detection Rate, and how Lightweight the Software is, our opinion of the current best home user Antivirus 2017: Kaspersky Anti-Virus
Who is it for?
Any home user who wishes to protect themselves from viruses, and is willing to pay a small fee to purchase a license.
What’s better than a 90%+ detection rate? An antivirus program monitored and powered by a live computer technician! This is exactly what you get with Managed Antivirus.
I know, this sounds expensive but as it turns out, this incredible level of protection, once only available to businesses, can be purchased for about the same price as standard antivirus. An antivirus program like Kaspersky will set you back approximately $50 per year ($4.17/month). Managed antivirus is available through Friend of a Friend Computers for $4/month.
Ok, how does this work?
Once your managed antivirus is enabled, EMSI Soft Antivirus will be installed on your computer. It will act as a normal antivirus software, with the exception that, a live technician from Friend of a Friend Computers will get status messages and updates about your protection.
We will receive a notification anytime the AV application finds a virus, needs to be updated, is disabled or tampered with, or several other criteria we look for. The technician will then correct the issue, with ZERO work on your part.
This level of protection used to be exclusive to our small business customers, and subscribers of Continuous Care, but is now available to all.
Who is it for?
Now, Anyone! Given the lower cost and incredible protection, if you can afford antivirus at all, this is really a no-brainer.