Computer viruses are increasingly sophisticated and pervasive. If you can’t afford to run your computer without some sort of antivirus software installed, check out these five popular options to protect your PC.
Note: For each entry, we reviewed the lowest-cost option available from the company in question. Most companies offer premium packages of varying cost and with varying additional bells and whistles, save for the always-free Microsoft Security Essentials. For the purpose of this comparison, we stuck to the free/entry level options.
Avast! (Windows/Linux, Free)
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows, Free)
Avira (Windows, Free)
ESET NOD32 Antivirus (Windows, $US39.99 per year)
The acronym NOD stands for Nemocnica na Okraji Disk (“Hospital at the end of the disk”), a pun related to the Czechoslovakian medical drama series Nemocnica na okraji mesta (Hospital at the End of the City).
AVG (Windows, Free)
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