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Antivirus software products block malware from entering your computer system. When security software is unsuccessful at preventing attacks, it is then supposed to detect and remove the malware that gets through the defenses. If you begin to analyze all of the forms of malware and all of the potential entry points, it quickly becomes quite complicated and confusing. You can reduce the complexity of shopping for virus protection by asking a few key questions. How does the antivirus software perform in third-party tests? What features does it have that pertain to my needs? Does it provide support during the times I will need it?

On this site you will find independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software. All products listed in our comparatives are already a selection of some very good security products.

We have personally tested these antivirus software on our simulated systems and we have compiled the data accordingly, which you can view below. Our tech team has several decades of combined antivirus experience, thus enabling them to be extremely proficient in their respective field.

Compare The Top 10 Recommended Antivirus Software below:

Antivirus Software

Price Detection Rate
Scan Speed Value For Money
Overall Score
McAfee Antivirus Plus
McAfee Antivirus Plus

9/10 9.8/10


Eset nod32 Antivirus

ESET nod32 Antivirus 9.6/10 9.8/10 97%
BitDefender Antivirus Plus

BitDefender Antivirus Plus
8.6/10 9.5/10 95%
Kaspersky Antivirus

Kaspersky Antivirus
7.6/10 9.5/10 94.5%
avast! Antivirus Pro

Avast Pro Antivirus
9/10 8.8/10 90%
AVG Antivirus

AVG Antivirus
8.3/10 8.5/10 87%
Panda Antivirus Pro

Panda Antivirus Pro
7.8/10 8.3/10 83%
F-Secure Antivirus

F-Secure Antivirus
$39.99 87.5% 8/10 8.1/10 81%
ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall

ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall
7.4/10 8/10 75%
webroot Antivirus + Spy Sweeper

6/10 7.8/10 71%

Why we recommend McAfee Antivirus Plus? Read below!


McAfee Antivirus Pros McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 review good points

• Large antivirus database

• Full suite software with extra tools

• Scheduled and real-time scans

• Internet SiteAdvisor warns you against dangerous websites

McAfee Antivirus Cons McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 review bad points

• Hard on system resources

Our verdict

McAfee has been one of the heavy-hitters in computer security for years, and they continue to deliver one of the best Mac and PC security suites in the past decade. McAfee is definitely a recommended antivirus software for any computer users.

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McAfee, one of the world's most recognizable computer security companies, was founded in 1987. The company prides itself on staying at the top of the antivirus market but is it losing its grip? This new version of the McAfee AntiVirus offering gives you decent malware attack protection, plus a lot of added extra features, and a personal firewall. However, this antivirus package scored quite badly in independent tests. We looked carefully at McAfee AntiVirus Plus to see what it does well and what it does badly.


You purchase the McAfee AntiVirus Plus program on the website, and then download your purchased product. You can also pay for a McAfee back-up CD. We found installation was quick and easy and there wasn’t a problem installing the software on an infected system.

The McAfee AntiVirus system works with Windows XP with service pack 3, Windows Vista with service pack 1, and Windows 7 with service pack 1. You need a 1 GHz processor and 500MB of free disk space.


McAfee AntiVirus Plus protects against viruses, spyware, rootkits, Trojans and bot-net software. The system also scans removable drives and USBs.

Internet – The McAfee SiteAdvisor Internet protector is a useful addition to the suite of protection. The powerful analysis tools are constantly locating and testing new sites, analyzing the likelihood of spam if you enter your email address and downloading the files for analysis. The McAfee system adds color coding to your search results to tell you if a site is likely to be unsafe. We think the ability to block only the malicious content in an otherwise safe site is particularly useful, as it means you can see safe sites that may have been hacked. However, the software is not so good at detecting phishing sites, which don’t hang around long enough to be tested.

Firewall – A good feature of the McAfee AntiVirus offering is the complete personal firewall. Not every antivirus program offers this.


Unfortunately McAfee is not so hot on removing threats as other software for viruses. Reviewers have reported that the program leaves behind executable files and sometimes leaves these files running – McAfee came in for particular criticism for its treatment of rootkits.

McAfee is certified by West Coast Labs for virus detection and virus cleaning, and also for picking up malware, Trojans and spyware. McAfee is also certified by ICSA Labs for virus detection. The program achieved certification in eight of the last Virus Bulletin tests. But in the dynamic test McAfee failed to reach the lowest standard rating. McAfee didn’t receive certification for Windows 7 or Windows XP with the tests.

Scans & updates

The full scan on the McAfee program takes a little under half an hour – pretty standard for antivirus software. Repeat scans take a few minutes. The system fixes any found problems and asks you if you want to quarantine any programs. You may need to reboot to fully cleanup the system.

There are a number of options to choose from for scanning. You don’t need any particular technological knowledge in order to run scans that will help protect your computer.

Updates are delivered automatically, at times when the computer is not being used heavily.


The McAfee AntiVirus software includes a Digital Data Shredder that goes through your files and permanently destroys them – obviously not an everyday solution to PC security but useful if you lend your PC to a friend or want to have it repaired. There’s also a QuickClean program that deletes temporary files and your browsing traces as well as sent emails. You can preview first what is going to be deleted, then remove the items you want to keep.

Ease of use

This version of McAfee AntiVirus uses a different kind of layout to other antivirus software. The windows to navigate through are narrow and tall, with horizontal “drawer” tabs rather than tabs across the top or down the left-hand side of the screen.

This set-up makes it look distinctive but at times it is a little difficult to navigate. We missed the standard layout sometimes as it is generally easier to keep on track of where you are going and not get lost. However, the software is otherwise easy to use and you can use auto pilot scan modes as well as set up your own scans.

Help & support

There are technical support and customer service options for you to make use of, and we found it was generally easy to get answers to any questions you may have. We noticed that the technical support was basically a trouble-shooting checklist online but the customer service was more extensive.

You can read answers to FAQs and look through video tutorials, as well as chat with customer service advisers or send an email. Both are free and the internet chat is available through office hours, Monday to Friday. You can call daily, during business hours.


To put it simply, McAfee AntiVirus Plus is best for a clean computer. The software falls down somewhat when it comes to removing malware and rootkits. The firewall addition to the antivirus package is a big advantage, but unless you are desperate for this feature you’ll find the higher-ranked antivirus packages better for the overall protection of your system.

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Antivirus and Firewall Comparison - Where to Compare Antivirus and Firewalls PDF Print E-mail

Firewalls play an important role in the security of your computer network and are designed to protect your computer, all of your applications and files from the threat of external attacks. Many people overlook the importance of a good firewall and they should definitely consider this type of protection before being exposed to the internet.

One handy tool is an antivirus firewall comparison which describes what type of protection each firewall can provide. There are several different types of firewalls and having the one that suits your needs the best is important.

  1. Packet-filtering: this type of firewall filters "packets" by examining the protocol and address information only. This variety of firewall is simple, fairly low cost and easy to use. Most often these types of firewalls are "built in" to operating systems, such as Windows.
  2. Application level: the firewall is an application proxy overseeing each data exchange remotely. The firewall is "invisible" and monitors all traffic according to specific rules.
  3. Circuit level: the rules are fully configurable, so that traffic is only accepted from an authenticated source, and during a specified time period.
Antivirus Firewall Software - Benefits and Uses PDF Print E-mail

A computer virus is simply a program or program code written like any other software. It contains the same type of binary code written in beneficial computer software. It is called a virus because it replicates itself because it is copied to another program already loaded on your PC. Each virus has a signature, or code that is written in a precise manner which can be recognized as being different than normal programming code that is recognized. A virus can infiltrate your files and infect your whole operating system.

Any virus on your operating system can wreak havoc with your PC. A virus can cause files to become corrupted and unreadable or cause the PC to suddenly crash. It can also cause you to be unable to boot your system up. Any operating system is susceptible to viruses but computers using Microsoft Windows as the operating system is the most common. But that probably is because Microsoft Windows is by far the most common operating system loaded on Personal Computers.

Antivirus Firewall Software - What You Need to Know PDF Print E-mail

There are a lot of nasty things out there on the internet that can do some serious damage to your files and your computer. Viruses, malware, adware, spyware....trojans, worms, keylogger, the list keeps growing. Without protection any information on your computer... bank records, passwords, logins, credit card information...they are all available to a hacker.

Firewalls In Hardware

You may have a router from your ISP and/or a router you bought yourself. Your home router most likely has a firewall built in. The problem is that most only have 1 way protection. They will provide protection from coming in from the internet, but not from going out from your computer. If your computer is infected with a virus, that virus could be sending data out that you don't even know about.

Firewall Software

Double Protection - Antivirus Firewall Software PDF Print E-mail

Many people are confused by the antivirus and firewall as one but these are two different programs having their own unique capabilities to protect your computer from intrusions and virus. A firewall gives protective cover to your systems while blocking access whereas antivirus locates any virus, scans the system and removes it.

Many of the companies incorporate both the features of the antivirus and firewall making it most adequate antivirus firewall software to give your computer full protection.

Firewall works in two different ways- it first analyzes and then checks to see if the information in the data is complying with the rules which could be configured. The analysis is done to know about the IP address it is coming from and the content which it has. The program also shows whether application is able to send or receive the data through the port it is connected to.

Antivirus Firewall Software - Block the Virus PDF Print E-mail

Computer system protection has become very necessary these days to ensure data safety and protection. Due to the various issues relating to data integrity and safety people install the antivirus software on their computer system. The antivirus software eliminates all the harmful viruses which can harm the computer system. There are many ways of getting antivirus software for your computer. The easiest way is downloading it online.

There are many websites who provide free software installation. You just have to follow the simple instructions provided by them to install the software. Sometimes you also get to install the latest software from the official website of the product. This is generally the trial version of the software and is provided for the marketing and publicity purpose. You can use the particular software from a period of 30-90 days depending upon the company and product.

Choosing the Best Antivirus Firewall Software PDF Print E-mail

Nowadays, more and more people are using computers to get their work done. The popularity and functionality of this machine is so phenomenal it's no surprise that many threats, like computer viruses, are steadily rising, altering, and destroying computer systems. Worse, it could also ruin the lives of unsuspecting people to some extent. What used to be a luxury a few years back, buying and installing an antivirus firewall software has now become rudimentary for anyone who wants to make sure that their computers-and lives-are safe from malicious hackers.

If you're one of the millions who surf the Web on a regular basis, you should really consider installing an antivirus firewall software that will protect your computer and provide you online security. However, many are at a loss when it comes to choosing what software to buy. To help you make better decisions, read on for some helpful guidelines when buying this type of software.

Do You Have the "Double Defense" Antivirus Firewall Software Provides? PDF Print E-mail

Any computer user who is looking for a comprehensive security solution will make sure they have antivirus firewall software. When used with a firewall the antivirus firewall software is the best defense from attacks. Essentially, this software is two packages in one: an antivirus to protect against rogue programs that try to invade your computer (or to remove programs that may have already found their way there) and a firewall to add an extra preventative measure to block certain applications from entering your machine. This software package is the strongest defense against the constantly growing number of internet threats you are faced with every day.

How does this double defense protect you?

What to Look For in a Good Antivirus Firewall Software PDF Print E-mail

At an antivirus fire-wall software online shop you will find a number of different types of software to help protect your machine. Most antivirus firewall software packages will range between $30 and $100. A good option to look for in anti-virus firewall software is a security suite. This is a package of protective software that includes antivirus protection, firewall blocking and privacy protection such as antiphishing and antispam controls.

At the very least, you should choose a package from an anti-virus firewall software online shop that includes antivirus protection and fire-wall blocking. Some operating systems have built in firewalls, but many people believe it is better to buy firewall software. A firewall blocks any suspicious traffic from the internet, and can be set by the user to block specific sites. Anti-virus software scans your machine and incoming documents or information for viruses, and deletes them if found. An anti-virus firewall software online shop should provide all the relevant information on each security suite or package, often with user reviews for you to use for comparison purposes.

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