Running antivirus software is just common sense... until it causes a few blue screens. Or constantly detects false positives in your favourite applications. Or makes your programs crash with unhelpful, mysterious errors. Is there an argument for not installing antivirus software? Perhaps.
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Avast, one of our past favourite desktop antivirus applications, is acquiring one of it's biggest rivals, AVG Technologies, for $US1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in cash. The deal will give Avast access to hundreds of millions of devices.
There's already a nice selection of free antivirus programs available for the discerning user, but it's hard to say no to a new entry. Sophos already has a free product available on OS X and it's recently dipped its toes into Windows' waters.
Microsoft Security Essentials long held the title as the most lightweight antivirus option, but with its plummeting ability to protect your system from threats, plenty of challengers have returned to the fore. So which one offers the best balance of safety and speed? The scores are in.
Mac: Although Macs don't often get malware, they aren't immune. If you don't have a good Mac antivirus program installed, or something slipped through, Adware Medic removes common nasties.
A recent test done by the independent antivirus research group AV-TEST — whose tests we've mentioned in the past — took a look at the performance of today's most popular malware-removal applications. Most of the applications performed well, but only Malwarebytes — a free download — managed a perfect score.