Which Is The Best AntiVirus?

A friend, who owns a small business like myself just asked me “Which is the best Antivirus?” As simple as the question was, I couldn’t give a simple answer because I knew why he asked the question. His business computer have just suffered another virus attack despite having an antivirus software on the system. His question set me thinking. I thought for a while about the various antivirus software that I have used in time past. The list is quite long. Currently, I am pitching my tent with AVAST. Sometime ago, I was a fan of AVG. Here is a small list of some antivirus softwares that I have used over the year.

  • AVG
  • BitDefender
  • Avast
  • TrendMicro
  • Nod32
  • Kaspersky
  • Norton
  • Mcafee
  • Avira
  • Eset
  • Panda

Why change from one antivirus software to another?

Changing from one antivirus to another is not cheap for a small scale entrepreneur. The only reason why I change from one antivirus to another is when there is a virus threat and the current antivirus software is unable to deal with the threat. I’ve had quite some unplesant cases of data being wiped out or corrupted because of virus infection. Also, I’ve had my own share of headache due to system being slowed down to an unbearable speed due to spyware and malware infection.

So which is the best antivirus or anti-spyware software?

It is difficult to tell. I’ve discovered that what works for Mr. A may not work for Mr. B due to the fact that different users attract different virus and spyware by their activities online. A computer user that uses his or her pc for browsing and downloading software from different website will face a different threat of virus and spyware that will be different from one that only uses the computer for sending and receiving emails.

You can get a review of the most popular antivirus and anti-spyware software by visiting www.av-comparatives.org. You can also get review and some useful information from an online magazine at http://www.virusbtn.com if you’re willing to spare 2minutes to register free or pay money for full subscription.

My Suggestion for combating virus and spyware

I’ve observed that most of the recent virus infection I got were after using my pc for browsing and downloading files from websites. So, I have devised a little system to protect myself. While my pc have an antivirus that I update constantly as minimum protection, I have also learn to use Ubuntu for my browsing adventure. I have Ubuntu encapsuled in Sun VirtualBox on my system.

Since most of the virus and malware are targetted at Microsoft Windows users, browsing with Ubuntu in a virtual operating system has reduced greatly the incidence of virus infection. You can try it out. Getting Ubuntu and VirtualBox is free. Just install Ubuntu as a guest operating system then you can use it to do your browsing and downloading. If you have a better idea or you know which is the best antivirus for a small business, I will like to learn from you.  Cheers.

7 thoughts on “Which Is The Best AntiVirus?”

  1. How safe is it using a virtual operating system to browse. Won’t you risk losing all your downloads when you shut down the computer?

    When it comes to antivirus softwares that I’ve used, Kaspersky tops the list followed by AVG then Avira. AVAST sucks for me.
    I’m currently using Avira cos unlike Kaspersky, it’s free and unlike AVG, it doesn’t consume loads of system memory 😉
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    1. @Chukwudi
      Using a virtual operating system poses no risk. Infact it is better because whatever happens to the Guest Operating System has zero effect on the Host Operating System. Also, you will not loose your downloads when you shut down. They are safe. The only issue is that of transferring them from the guest operating system to the host operating system so that you can still access them even when the guest operating system is shut down. I have been using VirtualBox for some time now, and I have had no issue with its performance. I guess that is why SunSystem bought it over.

        1. UBUNTU is good. I have it on my laptop as a guest operating system installed inside virutalbox. 😉 If you want to get converted from being a Microsoft addict, then Ubuntu is a good place to start.

  2. Its got to be Kaspersky for top spot, its the only one i will use and touch wood they havent let anything through in the last few years, im constantly on the net so it gets put to the test on many occasions.

    Never liked McAfee or Norton, AVG free edition ive used when setting up a new pc for someone and its been fine but i always advise them to get Kaspersky later on.

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