They can be anything from taking your hard disk space to accessing your private information and draining your CPU. There are many anti-virus programs on the market to protect your devices from the dangers. It is crucial to select an antivirus program that will have a minimal impact on system performance. Every antivirus program we offer has been tested against this. The results are based on the time it takes each application to complete an operation. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, for instance had a background impact of just 6% when scanning the entire system, while ESET had an effect of 12 percent.

Avira is a German company has a great reputation in our tests. It has consistently scored above 90% in the three categories of Protection (False positives) and Performance (False Positives) and Usability. The interface is user easy to use and comes with a variety of functionality including a smart firewall as well as a variety of privacy tools. Avira’s subscriptions are priced on a monthly basis rather than a fixed 1-3 year period, making it more convenient to cancel or change the subscription at any time without having to worry about 2nd-year renewal price shocks.

Essentware, formerly known as PCKeeper it is a new name to our tests. It uses the Avira Engine in the background. Overall, it performed well. The interface and performance are both simple to use however there are a few issues with stability which included scan jobs freezing up – have lowered the rating. However, detection was excellent and a flawless run through the certification sets earned it an VB100 award.