Best Premium Antiviruses

All are around $45 - $55

If you want all the bells and whistles on your antivirus, then a premium antiviruses is what you should look at since that is what it provides.

If the price is not a concern then getting Kaspersky total security is ideal, not only does it have some of the best malware protection in the market but it has almost all the features you could wish for, the only notable thing that it does not have is a system optimizer.

  • Almost perfect real-time malware protection.
  • Good at detecting new malware through its real-time cloud protection.
  • Quick Scans, Full scans, and Custom scans (Quick scans only scan files that are the most  susceptible to get any kind of malware which are fast to complete. Full scans scan all programs and files; Custom scans allow you to scan what you want).
  • Privacy protection. (privacy protection protects your data and personal information).
  • Web based scanning (to detect malware on websites you are on).
  • System watcher (monitors and rolls back malware actions).
  • File signature based scanning (scans new software signature to match it to known malware characteristics from database).
  • Behavior based scanning and protection (Scans new software based on behavior and code; especially to recognize unknown “zero-day” malware; “zero-day” malware refers to malware that will use a software vulnerability for which there is no present defense or fix for).
  • Good anti-phishing protection (anti-phishing means stealing sensitive information from individuals unlawfully usually by email).
  • Online Kaspersky Security Network (cloud based scanning that scans everything new that looks suspicious and issues updates many times a day to better fight the malware).
  • Exploit protection (exploit means the action of a chunk of data to cause unusually behavior in a software or computer through a bug or a vulnerability which include preventing unwanted apps from being installed).
  • Intrusion prevention (blocks unwanted malware activity in real-time by monitoring network traffic).
  • Can detect fileless malware (fileless malware is malware that infects running memory only and does not leave anything on the drives).
  • Great multi-layered ransomware protection (ransomware is malware that prevents you from accessing your data and will ask for money for you get back access; the extra layers of ransomware protection usual ensure more security in the network and/or in your files).
  • Anti-fraud protection (warns you if they think a website will scam you).
  • Spyware protection (spyware is a software that tries to get information about a person or an organization, usually without their knowledge).
  • Webcam protection.
  • Microphone protection.
  • Vulnerability scanning (A vulnerability scan can detect weakness in a computer system and can predict the best solutions).
  • Anti-theft feature (The anti-theft feature allows kaspersky to connect to a device such as a phone to know where the device is at all times).
  • Privacy Cleaner (detect and remove windows and program record of activities form browser history and document lists).
  • PC cleaner (Deletes unnecessary files from your computer).
  • Passward manager.
  • File shredder (Removes a file permanently).
  • Tech support.
  • Many features.
  • VPN client software (A VPN is a virtual private network which protects you from most outside forces from viewing data or hacking you).
  • Parental control (control what to filter out for children).
  • Backup software (A backup software would allow the user to back up their data in case of a future system failure).
  • File encryption feature (An encryption is a code or key that protection files so only certain people can access that file).
  • Two-way firewall (a two-way firewall has an outbound firewall and an inbound firewall, this give you control of connections that are inbound and outbound).
  • Browser extension (called “Kaspersky Protection Plugin”).
  • Secure browser (hardened browser).
  • USB drive scan.
  • Item scan (Right click a file to scan it for potential malware).
  • Virtual Keyboard (for malware that can read your key logs).
  • Supports windows 7-10.
  • Game mode feature (when turned on, it helps games run smoother).
  • Can change the level of intensity within it’s scanning.
  • Almost no false positives at all (A false positive reading is when an antivirus thinks something is malware but is actually not malware).
  • Little to slightly moderate performance hit.
  • Ability to schedule a scan.
  • Many customizable options.
  • Has a scan box (a scan box is a feature where you can drag and drop an item in to be scanned such as a folder or a file).
  • Clean interface.
  • Easy to use.
  • Rescue disk (A rescue disk is a disk that detects and eliminates threats that are effecting the operating system. Kaspersky has a external program called “Kaspersky Rescue Disk”).
  • Idle scanning (the software will run an idle scan when the computer is on and you are not using the computer).
  • Searches for rootkits (a rootkit is a software that allows unauthorized users to gain control of your computer).
  • Spam protection.
  • No system optimizer (A system optimizer helps in the optimization of your computer).

Bitdefender total security comes with theft protection and a system optimizer that Bitdefender internet security did not have. Bitdefender total security also comes with a mac, ios, and android version bundle.

  • Perfect real-time malware protection.
  • Good at detecting new malware.
  • Cloud based protection and analysis (Stores data and sends information to a cloud to better handle malware).
  • Quick Scans, Full Scans, and Custom Scans (Quick scans only scan files that are the most  susceptible to get any kind of malware which are fast to complete. Full scans scan all programs and files. Custom scans allow you to scan what you want.).
  • Good web based protection (protections your browser from going on malicious websites and protects your computer from online malware).
  • Behavior based scanning (Scans files and programs based on behavior and code).
  • Spyware protection (spyware is a software that tries to get information about a person or an organization, usually without their knowledge).
  • Privacy protection. (privacy protection protects your data and personal information).
  • Great multi-layered ransomware protection (ransomware is malware that prevents you from accessing your data and will ask for money for you get back access; the extra layers of ransomware protection usual ensure more security in the network and/or in your files).
  • Anti-phishing protection (phishing is the attempt to get sensitive information from you)
  • Zero-day malware protection (Zero-day malware is malware that is very new and matching signatures to them would not work in a detection).
  • Spam protection.
  • Exploit protection (exploit means the action of a chunk of data to cause unusually behavior in a software or computer through a bug or a vulnerability which include preventing unwanted apps from being installed).
  • Anti-fraud protection (warns you if they think a website will scam you).
  • Webcam protection (notifies you if an application is trying to use your webcam).
  • Broswer extension (its call “Traffic Lights”).
  • System optimizer (A system optimizer helps in the optimization of your computer).
  • Intrusion prevention (blocks unwanted malware activity in real-time by monitoring network traffic; it is a seperate software called “Home Scanner“).
  • File encryption feature (An encryption is a code or key that protection files so only certain people can access that file).
  • Two-way firewall (a two-way firewall has an outbound firewall and an inbound firewall, this give you control of connections that are inbound and outbound).
  • Has a browser add on called “traffic light”.
  • Ability to schedule a scan.
  • Item scan (Scan specific files using the Cutom scan option).
  • Anti-theft feature (An anti-theft feature would allow bitdefender to connect to a device such as a phone to know where the device is at all times).
  • Automatic USB drive scan (Will scan the USB drive automatically).
  • Parental control.
  • Game mode feature (when turned on, it helps games run smoother).
  • Vulnerability scanning (A vulnerability scan can detect weakness in a computer system and can predict the best solutions).
  • Rarely has a false positive (A false positive reading is when an antivirus thinks something is malware but is actually not malware).
  • Can detect fileless malware (fileless malware is malware that infects running memory only and does not leave anything on the drives).
  • Supports windows 7-10.
  • Tech support.
  • Web attack prevention (ensures that the user does not land on a dangerous website).
  • Bitdefender will backup files that are targeted by ransomware.
  • Lots of features.
  • PC cleaner (a PC cleaner helps you delete unnecessary files from your computer).
  • Little performance hit (most scanning takes place in the cloud; files remain private).
  • Comes with a secure browser (good for banking transactions).
  • File shredder (Removes a file permanently).
  • Password manager.
  • VPN client software (A VPN is a virtual private network which protects you from most outside forces from viewing data or hacking you).
  • Autopilot feature (help you control the software accurately and also brings good advice).
  • Game mode feature (when turned on, it helps games run smoother).
  • Battery mode (saves power on laptops and tablets).
  • Rescue drive (restarts computer for restoration to remove viruses that require a full windows startup; bitdefender recommends a software called “Stickifier” to use with a tool called “Bitdefender Rescue CD”).
  • Safe online banking (protects your transactions).
  • Virtual Keyboard (for malware that can read your key logs).
  • Clean interface.
  • Easy to use.
  • Background Scanning.
  • Searches for rootkits (a rootkit is a software that allows unauthorized users to gain control of your computer).
  • Not good at blocking specialized attacks especially from online espionage (espionage is the act of obtaining sensitive information without permission).
  • Initial disk scan is slow.
  • A bit of trouble detecting phishing websites (phishing means stealing sensitive information from individuals unlawfully).
  • Has some false positives (A false positive reading is when an antivirus thinks something is malware but is actually not malware).
  • Might just neutralize malware rather than completely block it or remove it from your system.
  • No microphone protection.
  • Support may take time to respond to issues.
  • Not the best VPN client software because you have to pay to get more than 200MB per day (A VPN is a virtual private network which protects you from most outside forces from viewing data or hacking you).

Norton security premium adds parental control, backup software, online storage, and extra layers of ransomware protection to one of the best malware protection programs out there.

  • Great real-time malware cloud based protection.
  • Blocks newer malware.
  • Quick Scans, Full scans, and Custom Scans (Quick scans only scan files that are the most  susceptible to get any kind of malware which are fast to complete. Full scans scan all programs and files. Custom scans give you the option on what to scan).
  • Web based scanning (to detect malware on websites you are on).
  • Behavior based scanning (Scans new software based on behavior and code; especially to recognize unknown malware).
  • Spyware protection (spyware is a software that tries to get information about a person or an organization, usually without their knowledge).
  • Tech support.
  • Great multi-layered ransomware protection (ransomware is malware that prevents you from accessing your data and will ask for money for you get back access; the extra layers of ransomware protection usual ensure more security in the network and/or in your files).
  • Anti-phishing protection (anti-phishing means stealing sensitive information from individuals unlawfully usually by email).
  • Constant perfect protection scores against popular malware and unknown “zero-day” malware (Zero-day just means there is a software vulnerability that there is no specific defense of fix for).
  • Parental control.
  • Supports windows 7-10.
  • Ability to schedule a scan.
  • System optimizer (A system optimizer helps in the optimization of your computer).
  • Item scan (Right click a file to scan it for potential malware).
  • USB drive scan
  • Can be set up to have a Silent mode to help programs, games, movies run better (A silent mode reduces updates and notifications; this mode is almost like a replacement for a game mode).
  • Two-way firewall (a two-way firewall has an outbound firewall and an inbound firewall, this give you control of connections that are inbound and outbound).
  • Usually very few false positives (A false positive reading is when an antivirus thinks something is malware but is actually not malware).
  • Clean interface.
  • Password manager.
  • Spam protection.
  • Has a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer (The browser extension helps to make sure you know what sites have malware).
  • Good exploit protection (exploit means the action of a chunk of data to cause unusually behavior in a software or computer through a bug or a vulnerability which include preventing unwanted apps from being installed).
  • Has vulnerability scanning (A vulnerability scan can detect weakness in a computer system and can predict the best solutions).
  • Near perfect scores in malware scanning.
  • Great intrusion prevention (Monitors network traffic and blocks unwanted malware activity in real-time).
  • PC cleaner (Deletes unnecessary files from your computer).
  • Searches for rootkits (a rootkit is a software that allows unauthorized users to gain control of your computer; for a profeesiant scan for rootkits install “Norton Power Eraser”).
  • Anti-fraud protection (warns you if they think a website will scam you).
  • Signature based scanning (scans new software signatures to match it to known malware characteristics from database).
  • Cloud based scanning (If anything is found to be dangerous, Norton will begin a signature update to better handle the material; for even better cloud based scanning download “Norton Power Eraser“).
  • Great malware protection (there is a feature called “power eraser” which is very effective against persistent malware).
  • Better than average accuracy.
  • Easy to use.
  • Stops unwanted changes to your systems registry.
  • Backup software (A backup software would allow the user to back up their data in case of a future system failure).
  • Poor anti-phishing capability (phishing means stealing sensitive information from individuals unlawfully; usually by email).
  • Few extra features.
  • Slow system scans (it takes a long time to scan a hard drive).
  • No file encryption feature (An encryption is a code or key that protection files so only certain people can access that file).
  • No file shredder (Removes a file permanently).
  • Does not Come with a secure browser (hardened browser).
  • No VPN client software (A VPN is a virtual private network which protects you from most outside forces from viewing data or hacking you; Norton offers there own VPN for $39.99 per year extra).
  • No webcam protection.
  • Medium impact on system resources.
  • No file encryption feature (An encryption is a code or key that protection files so only certain people can access that file).
  • No file shredder (Removes a file permanently).
  • No virtual Keyboard (for malware that can read your key logs).
  • No microphone protection.
  • Does not have an anti-theft feature (An anti-theft feature would allow kaspersky to connect to a device such as a phone to know where the device is at all times).
  • Can not detect fileless malware (fileless malware is malware that infects running memory only and does not leave anything on the drives).
  • No privacy protection. (privacy protection protects your data and personal information).

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