+$The best antivirus software in 2020

Best antivirus software
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+$If you need to know about the best antivirus software in 2020 then you're in the right place. There's nothing remotely exciting about antivirus software, but it's essential if you want to keep your work safe and secure. It can be a dangerous internet out there and a sophisticated cyber-attack can hit you when you least expect it, so it pays to invest in decent online protection.

+$Best antivirus software: Top 3 picks

1. +$Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020
2. +$Norton Antivirus
3. +$Bitdefender Antivirus

+$Finding the right antivirus software can be a bit of a challenge, though, especially when every package is throwing a stack of baffling technical jargon at you. We're here to make things easier, though. If you're confused and have no idea which protection software to choose, hopefully our designer-friendly guide to the best antivirus software for both PC and Mac will help point you in the right direction.

+$Do I need antivirus software?

+$Having antivirus software doing its thing in the background will give you peace of mind. Without it, you're open to serious risk. Could you cope if ransomware encrypted all digital content across your network, for instance? Yes, hopefully, as long as you run regular backups, but even if that's true, you could still spend an age cleaning up your systems.

+$You're less exposed if you use a Mac, but that doesn't mean you're entirely safe. There is some Mac malware (malicious software) around – and even if you avoid this, it's important that you don't pass on an infected PDF or other document to clients (horror of horrors) or colleagues.

+$Long story short? Getting the best antivirus software is vital if you want to stay safe online. And it doesn't need to be complicated. Whatever your situation, there's choice available to suit all, including free antivirus software options for any cash-strapped creatives out there.

+$In this guide, we'll point you in the direction of the best best antivirus software options around (with minimal jargon as it hurts our brains) to help you make an informed decision. We'll start with paid-for versions of antivirus software, but you can jump to other sections of this article below:


Best antivirus software: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020


+$01. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020

+$Solid and reliable: this is the best antivirus software overall

平台:仅限Windows。 Mac,Android,iOS保护单独提供升级|最适合:+$Demanding and experienced users who need maximum antivirus power


+$Founded back in 2001, Romania-basedBitDefender的+$is now a top-rated security giant which protects more than 500 million users worldwide. How did they do it? Checking the specs for+$Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020+$gives one indication: it's absolutely crammed with high-end features and functionality, more than some of the competition offer in their full security suites.

+$There's accurate antivirus, for instance. A password manager to manage your logons. Web filtering prevents you accessing malicious URLs, a file shredder securely deletes confidential or personal files, and a vulnerability scanner spots outdated software and missing Windows patches. That's just the start. Multi-layered ransomware protection keeps your digital content safe from hackers. A VPN protects your connection over insecure public wifi (though beware, there's only a tiny 200MB daily traffic allowance), and a secure and isolated browser keeps your banking, shopping or other personal activities safe from snoopers.

+$For all its feature overload, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 is generally very easy to use. It doesn't hassle you with alerts or baffle you with complicated settings; mostly you can leave the program to handle everything itself. And whatever you're doing, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 keeps you safer than most. The company is loved by the independent testing labs, and for example AV-Comparatives' October 2018真实世界保护报告看到Bitdefender在18分中排名第一,保护率为100%,并且没有任何误报。

如果您需要保护更多设备,请查看+$Bitdefender TOTAL SECURITY 2020。第一年可能看起来很贵,价格为34.99英镑(45.50美元),续订时价格为69.99英镑(91美元),但这可以保护多达六种Windows,Mac,iOS或Android设备的任意组合。

+$Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020
每年23.99美元(59.99美元) £19.99 /年(原价£39.99)

Norton Antivirus Basic

+$02. Norton Antivirus Plus

+$Top value and excellent performance

平台:+$Windows Only |最适合:+$Users who want great value protection without compromising power

+$Mighty Malware Protection
+$Minimal impact on system performance
+$Unreliable Browser Extensions

+$The one in the list you've probably all heard of, and there's a valid reason for that.+$Norton AntiVirus Plus(以前+$Norton AntiVirus Basic+$) has been around for a long while now, and that's probably because its bloody good at what it does. Not only does it automatically protect your PC all on its own, it's also excellent value for money.

+$Norton changed the name of its product in the US in late April 2019, however not in the UK, which makes things slightly confusing. But the long and short of it is Norton AntiVirus Plus is a direct replacement for the old Norton AntiVirus Basic, albeit it with a few extra functions thrown in for good measure. A couple of said functions are a very good thing: bonus 2GB of cloud backup and a password manager, however the name change has been coupled with a price hike, which is not such a welcome addition.

+$Standout features include a URL blocker to help fend off malicious websites and excellent file reputation service to keep you protected from suspect downloads. And if all that fails against malware, Norton also comes armed with intelligent behaviour monitoring, using virus definitions to immediately stamp out any threats.

+$Norton also puts the user in control, offering scans on demand and even the ability to set up and save custom demands to check any weak spots you think you might have.

+$So what are the downsides? We'll be honest, there aren't many. But one worth mentioning is issues with some browser extensions, Chrome in particular can be a big temperamental when running Norton's Identity Safe password manager. But it's not a deal-breaker for us, especially when you don't actually have to use that particular function. The rest of the software delivers in abundance when it comes to keeping your PC safe and it's super-affordable and easy to use – what more could you want?

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

03. Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

+$Maximum protection, minimum effort

平台:Windows,Mac; Android和iOS保护单独提供|最适合:远离你的方式,保证你的安全


像Bitdefender Antivirus Plus这样的安全强国有自己的位置,但许多专业用户正在寻找更简单,更轻量级的东西,这不会占用系统资源或需要任何关注或管理。如果这听起来像你,那么值得一看Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

这个软件包非常小 - 只有几兆字节 - 它可以在几秒钟内完成安装。它通过下载防病毒定义更新来获取RAM的绝对最小值并且不会占用网络带宽,因为Webroot会在云中处理其检测。系统扫描非常非常快。 Webroot网站声称平均20秒,我们的测试表明接近60,但这仍然是其他产品的10,20或30分钟系统扫描时间的巨大改进。尽管显而易见,SecureAnywhere并不缺乏功能。除了防病毒软件外,软件包还会阻止您劫持网络摄像头,保护您免遭身份盗用,并阻止访问网络钓鱼和其他恶意网站。

Webroot的反勒索软件技术有一个重要亮点。 SecureAnywhere不仅会在威胁造成任何损害之前尝试阻止威胁,但如果事情无论如何都会通过并加密某些文件,程序通常可以恢复它们。如果这里存在问题,那么Webroot通常不会被独立测试实验室评估,这使得更难以了解它的准确性。 SecureAnywhere包括在内MRG-Effitas Q2 2018年网上银行测试但是,它阻止了100%的金融恶意软件,并且是11个通过所有测试的三个软件包之一(其他是Bitdefender Internet Security和Kaspersky Internet Security)。


ESET NOD32 Antivirus

+$04. ESET NOD32 Antivirus

+$One for the antivirus experts

平台:+$Windows Only |最适合:+$Experienced antivirus users who want expert protection

+$Expert Protection
+$Confusing For Beginners
+$More costly than others

+$In comparison to other antivirus software on this list,ESET NOD 32抗病毒+$has a pretty unimpressive feature list. You'll find no password manager, firewall, vulnerability scanner here. So why has it made it on our best picks, you ask?

+$Well, it's because ESET focuses on the main job in hand, and that's protection. And it does it with gusto. Armed with real-time malware protection, URL filtering to block malicious website, unmatched heuristic detection and modules to prevent attacks using PowerShell and malicious scripts, you can be sure your PC is in safe hands.

+$It's worth noting ESET NOD32 that isn't a great choice for those new to the world of antivirus software. This is much more for users with a deeper understanding of how it all works, plus designers will want to cry when using/looking at its unintuitive interface.

+$But those not totally baffled by this technical world of computing will love ESET's power and capabilities, in particular the recently added UEFI Scanner, which gets to work protecting your machine before Windows has even started.

+$A top choice for people in the know about antivirus software, and if you want all the added extras we mentioned above not included in this model, you can get the ESET Smart Security Premium edition for a slightly higher premium. There's also the option to try before you buy with this+$free Trial Version

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2019

+$05. Kaspersky Anti-Virus

+$Solid all-round protection for a bargain price

平台:仅限Windows。 Mac,Android,iOS保护单独提供升级|最适合:以低廉的价格提供坚实的全方位保护


尤金卡巴斯基于1987年开始开发杀毒软件作为业余爱好。事实证明,这是一个非常明智的选择,因为他在1997年创建了卡巴斯基实验室,现在该公司帮助保护了超过4亿用户和270,000个企业客户。+$Kaspersky Antivirus+$can't match the feature set of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020. There are a few extras – an on-screen keyboard cuts the chance of typed data being intercepted by malware, while a Vulnerability Scanner looks out for problems with Windows – but mostly it focuses on the security essentials.


来自独立测试实验室的报告显示卡巴斯基比大多数人更准确。 AV-Test的2018年10月Windows家庭用户测试发现该软件包在两个测试月份都阻止了100%的样本威胁。 AV-Comparatives 2018年10月真实世界保护测试结果并不令人印象深刻,卡巴斯基在18项中排名第14,但它仍然阻止了99%的威胁。



+$The best free antivirus software

+$Free antivirus software is great option for anyone feeling a financial pinch. You need to be careful here though as some packages are worse than useless (we're not kidding), but the good news is others (listed below) deliver top-notch protection. Experts can go further and build their own multi-layered security suite, maybe with a free antivirus package and a separate antiransomware app to shield your documents from harm.

+$Let's take a look at the three best free antivirus software options in detail...

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

+$06. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

+$The best things in life are free. Almost.

平台:+$Windows, Mac, Android |最适合:以低廉的价格提供坚实的全方位保护

+$Automatic, Fast Scanning
+$Excellent Virus Detection
+$No scheduled scan option
+$Limited Control

+$We've got a lot of love for Bitdefender. Not only did it top our paid-for option, it's also our top pick for free antivirus software too. As with most free software, premium features aren't available, and that's to be expected. But the stripped back version still leaves users with quality product, complete with well constructed scanning mechanisms and unrivalled virus definitions.

+$Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition+$lacks the control users get with the premium version, but that's a small price to pay when you considering the service you're getting for nothing. That said,+$Bitdefender AntiVirus Plus所以+$affordable (it's roughly £2 per month) and with all the extras you get with it – integrated password manager, permanent file shredder and and free online 24/7 support, etc – we'd highly recommend the (very small) investment.

 Sophos Home

+$07. Sophos Home

+$Cybersecurity for the whole family

平台:Windows,Mac |最适合:+$A household full of PCs

+$Simple and easy to use
+$Great Content Control
+$No Scheduled Scanning
+$Limited Control

+$If you're after antivirus software for the whole family,+$Sophos Home+$is an excellent choice. Not only does it protect your PCs from viruses and malware, it also offers anti-phishing and content control to keep your little people from accidentally browsing where they shouldn't. So if you've got a house full of PCs that you can't always patrol, Sophos is the free antivirus software for you.

+$Features are quite limited, however, with no option to schedule scans and limited controls for advanced users, for example. But for a free service, Sophos provides all the fundamentals needed to keep your household protected from online threats.

+$Sophos also offers a+$premium Edition+$if you want extra features, which, at the time of writing, has 50% off the retail price (meaning you can get it for a very reasonable £25).

Avira Antivirus

+$08. Avira Antivirus

+$Top job on accuracy and reliability

平台:+$Windows, Mac, Android, iOS **Best for:** Bargain hunters, or anyone who needs to cover many devices and platforms


+$The world is full of free antivirus tools, especially for Android, but these aren't always what they seem. In March 2018,AV-Test测试了204款Android杀毒软件并且发现其中的131个 - 一个厚重的64% - 错过了至少一半的测试威胁。幸运的是,Avira产品非常不同。该公司已经存在多年,它在准确性和可靠性方面建立了良好的声誉。不要只听我们的话。

Avira Antivirus+$generally scores well in independent testing, most recently ranking sixth out of 18 in AV-TEST's October Real-World Protection Test with a perfect 100% protection score. Although Avira started in the Windows world, it now has free products for Mac, iOS and Android. These have all kinds of tools, depending on the package you get – antivirus, ransomware, VPN, password manager, anti-theft and more – and they're all very usable, with few of the annoying ads and stupid restrictions you'll often see with other freebies.

Avira的Connect系统甚至允许您从一个中央控制台检查和管理所有支持Avira的设备。这对于拥有多名员工的企业来说是个好消息,或者如果您只是想关注其他家庭员工的工作。 Avira Antivirus Pro是一个商业版本,售价29.99英镑(39美元),但也增加了一些非常重要的功能,特别是对于商业用户。您可以获得单独的电子邮件和网络保护层,设备控制可以帮助定义哪些设备可以连接到您的系统,安全浏览可以保护购物,银行和其他机密的互联网活动,并且如果出现任何问题,还可以提供电子邮件和电话支持。

+$The best business antivirus software

如果您正在为您的企业寻找最好的防病毒软件,我们在这里为您提供了强大的选择。以下所有选项都提供企业级威胁防护 - 但不一定会破坏银行。事实上,有时每次安装的价格比我们上面提到的最好的防病毒软件包便宜。

1. Avast Business Antivirus Pro
我们:1台设备,1年 - 49.99美元(原价62.49美元)
1台设备,1年 - 33.48英镑(原价41.86英镑)
这个出色的业务防病毒套件提供了一系列工具,包括病毒防护,防火墙,电子邮件保护,反垃圾邮件以及沙盒应用程序的完整安全性。有三个不同的价格点 - 我们建议中间的Pro层。

2. Symantec Endpoint Protection
我们:1个许可证,1年 - 54.18美元  
1份许可证,1年 - 36.79英镑
赛门铁克的Insight文件信誉技术提供了一种检测和阻止威胁的有效方法 - 即使是最新发现的未解决问题。还有病毒防护,行为监控和“Power Eraser”来消除顽固的威胁并修复您的系统。

3. Bitdefender GravityZone商业安全
我们:3台设备,1年 - 76.99美元
3台设备,1年 - £86.99
Bitdefender产品在恶意软件检测,删除,性能和可用性方面得分很高。大多数功能自动运行 - 反恶意软件,防火墙,Web顾问程序,URL过滤 - 但您也可以自定义产品以控制用户操作。