We here at IT Factor have tested many different antivirus software over our years of serving the community. We find there there are some better than others, but with as many choices, which one do we feel is the best and which is the worst?
When shopping around for any item, your main concern should be functionality and price. Does it do the job well? Is it worth me finding the most expensive one? What are the differences? These are all good questions and should be thought of carefully. Lets start with what antivirus software we believe is the worst:
Norton Antivirus is by far one of the worst products we have seen on the open market. It has been labeled, by the tech community, as “Norton System Killer”. This is due to the fact that it has to run so many processes on your computer just to operate the software that it really slows it down more than it helps. Not to mention the fact that it also does not perform well with most viruses. We have had many jobs where someone had the Norton Antivirus and the scans would not pick up any trace of viruses, yet their computer was still infected!
Symantec does make some good products, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to their antivirus, it does need a complete overhaul on how they are performing it. Besides not being able to find the viruses on a computer, it also has a tendency of blocking programs that are normally trusted. Even trying to setup shared folders on a computer with this software is a pain because it wont allow any other computer in the network to see it unless you go deep into the advanced settings to enable your network as “Trusted”. Most end-users have trouble setting this up!
Lastly, most antivirus software in this category have annual fees associated with them. Most times you are going to end up paying between $49.95 – $69.99 per year just to have the software running. If it goes beyond that year and you have not paid, then it stops working all together and throws pop-ups at you constantly reminding you that it is time to renew. If you have Norton, McAfee or even Kaspersky we recommend trashing it!
Now for the software we feel is the best!
Malwarebytes has been a great find for our company! They offer a solid product that only requires a windows service and the actual application running. It uses very little system resources and it actually does what it says. Most times if we see a computer with viruses and it is currently running Norton, McAfee or Kaspersky, we install Malwarebytes and run a full scan. It usually finds so many additional items that it becomes ridiculous! Most people hear the name of the company and think, “But doesn’t this software just detect Malware?” and the answer is no, it detects much more! It detects all forms of malware, virus, trojans, adware, rootkits and ransomware. Not only this, but they have also had a great amount of luck promoting that their software can also handle “Zero Day” infections, which are viruses that have just barely been released.
The other great feature of this software is the Malwarebytes Chameleon software built in. This software ensures that no virus of any kind can remove the Malwarebytes software, you can rest assured that your software will always work.
Pricing of this software is also unimaginable! For the “Personal” version of this software, you pay a ONE TIME FEE of $24.95. With this payment, you receive unlimited updates and definition updates. There are NO ANNUAL FEES with this software! How great it feels to buy a software and actual own it, as compared to renting from other companies. They also have a “Business” edition of the software which has even more features of $70.00 per PC.
We hope that this article helps many of you out there change your antivirus to something that actually does work and we know that you will be pleased if you do switch!