Windows 8.x or the new launched 10 remain eye candy not only for the users but also for the malware and other threats lurking in the internet space. Phishing sites would be salivating at the prospects of a new kid on the block namely the Windows 10 operating system. Nevertheless, answer to the million-dollar question “Is the Microsoft product vulnerable” is not that simple. Calling Windows defender application, a cat out of the bag doesn’t sound too pompous as it stands tall against the raging hailstorm of viruses ready to break into the system but is it enough to protect the files and folders? Even a naive user would say no what with malicious programs being updated on a regular basis to fool the system and businesses losing vital information to malware spy ring. The only beacon of hope in the quagmire is the third party Windows Antivirus capable enough to hold its own against a barrage of virus and Trojans. We have carefully scanned lots of security applications designed to protect Windows from real-time threats. The premiums ones close in on quickly and block the sites suspected of phishing attack to hack sensitive information from the users. You would be oblivious and the trusted antivirus silently works its charm by quarantining real and the perceived threats. For simplicity, we have compiled the list of the guardian angels or, in other words, antivirus based on their performance against the host of malware from malicious websites updated every hour to pierce even the most protected system. Take a look at our list of best 5 Windows antivirus programs for 2016:
Best 5 Windows Antivirus Programs for 2016
If we consider Bitdefender Antivirus as the best thing that happened since sliced bread. It would not be an overweening arrogance, because the application packs a mean punch with protection against malware, spyware, trojans, rootkits, and virus. Like a silent operator, it works in the background, demolishing the threats as soon as they rear their ugly hood to infect the system. Apart from the minor hiccup during installation(takes time for downloading that big setup, especially if you have slow internet connection), the antivirus functions seamlessly like a knife slices through the maze of butter cakes. Bitdefender is a tad efficient than Norton in blocking the phishing URLs and trumps the famous Internet Explorer 8 smart screen filter by a huge margin.
Panda antivirus is just the antithesis of what the gentle Panda stands for as far as protection is concerned. Installation of the application is easy in spite of it being dependent on the complex but efficient cloud-based technology. Annoying pop up of yahoo default page might bug you, but it’s optional and in no way would attempt to install if you don’t want.
Let’s get under the hood and check what Panda Antivirus is all about. As we say, the proof lies in the pudding and rightly so because the malware blockage capability of the antivirus matches with the best. Clearly ahead of its peer Kaspersky, Panda immediately detects the malware attached with the executed file however like any human the application is not faultless. Some malicious programs escaped its attention on testing but later on were caught in the dragnet and eliminated by the extremely robust application.
Touted as the defender against the never seen before threats, the Malware bytes blocks them all en masse with signatures not existing in the antivirus database. Like the LEONIDAS of the famous 300 battle, it decimates the malicious programs to dust without making its all-encompassing presence felt to the users. It is a vanguard for providing full suite of protection to range of browsers right from Chrome to Opera along with JAVA. Premium edition is bundled with shield customization for the applications belonging to the Microsoft inventory. To each, his own is the philosophy of the magnificent application and true to the saying it eliminates the probability of targeted attacks in the form of PDF files and word documents.
It’s not the first and not the last product that has come out of the Avast stable. In keeping with the tradition of the predecessors, the Windows antivirus for 2016 boasts of network protection scan attribute capable of diagnosing the virus attack on the home router. Like a proverbial phoenix, Avast has modified itself with attractive user interface combining browser clean up, software update and secure line VPN to boot. Scanning the entire hard disk for missing patches is a breeze for Avast albeit it weaves its diagnostic magic slowly when compared with its peers. Malware blocking function of the application is activated as soon as the file is opened and removes more than 80% of the threat in a jiffy.
Call it the best-paid antivirus for Windows or rechristen it as XERXES the great, AVG is in a class of its own offering protection to the computer, network, and the email. Blazing speed of installation bamboozles the users and before they know the application is ready to be launched and used. Compared to the antivirus mentioned above, malware protection scores for the application borders to 100%. Like a cherry on the black forest cake, the speed of the scan is almost 27 minutes completely outsmarting the average scan time of 34 minutes for other applications.
Getting down and dirty with antivirus applications reveals a completely new facet of the technological evolution because each of them has unique specialty. Purchasing the software is a decision based on the whims and the fancies of the users. I have tried to become the devil’s advocate in the write up guiding users with best possible suggestions although no antivirus in the planet worth its salt can claim to provide 100% protection.