What Is In Your Opinion The Best Comercial AV

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carsten
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Hi Geeks & Others.
My list goes like this:
Bitdefender Total Security:1.
Kaspersky Total Security:2.
F-Secure Total:3.
Norton 360:4.
And the list goes on.....:)
 
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Go for Kaspersky for sure, As their disinfection feature is amazing for malicious programs......
I used Kaspersky long time ago, main issue is it's resource hungry, and secondly since those "reports" about kremlin hacking kaspersky users I'm even more sceptic. (could be just political motive) but... not sure..

Also Spywaredoctor from PC Tools was good but company no longer exists:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_Tools_(company)

And in the end, users are more careful today than before anyway, there are so many resources online today you can basically survive with any anti virus.

Differences between antiviruses are too small for comparison with unknown malware to be able to determine which one is the best, they are all good as long as you understand how to adjust them and as long as you follow best practices.
 
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You can see if an AV is resource-hungry by doing benchmark tests using NovaBench and similar software. From what I've seen, results vary, such that what is fast in some systems is slow in others.

For privacy issues, all security software, including built-in ones, are prone to such. Reportedly, the two that minimize such are Emsisoft (paid software) and Clamwin (free and open-source), but you need to consider their detection, etc., rates.
 
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Hi Geeks & Others.
My list goes like this:
Bitdefender Total Security:1.
Kaspersky Total Security:2.
F-Secure Total:3.
Norton 360:4.
And the list goes on.....:)
I've used a bunch over the years. I think Kaspersky is very good, but I have always gone back to Bitdefender. Just seems to run better on my Win7 machine and I have never been bitten by a virus (except for that one time in Vietnam, but that's another story!).
 
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Some lists to consider:

https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/

https://www.av-comparatives.org/test-results/

For cyber security channels:

https://blog.feedspot.com/cyber_security_youtube_channels/

https://kruptos2.co.uk/blog/the-best-cyber-security-youtube-channels-in-2019/

For performance, YMMV because it will be dependent on various factors, such as type of hardware, usage, etc. That means what's light for one user can be heavy for yours, and vice versa. Besides feeling what's heavy or not, you can probably follow some of the methods used by video bloggers and run free benchmarking software like NovaBench before and after installing free or trial versions to see what's heavy or not.

Finally, I noted the ff.

- Paid software can be expensive, especially if you're getting a license for several devices. In my case, it's like buying a new hard drive every year or so, and they usually give a discount for the first year, which means the price goes up significantly after that.

- Performance changes every year or so, such that what's good this year might not do very well after.

- Several free versions of AVs have popup notifications for upgrades that can be annoying.

- What you're looking for are AVs that have several features and not just detecting malware based on their database of signatures. These include studying behavior and suspecting files as new malware, isolating them so that they won't affect the system, etc.

- Telemetry takes place across free and paid versions of various security software.
 

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