Today’s personal internet experience would not be possible without Antivirus software. When you buy a new computer, the first thing you install should be antivirus software. This guards against cyber threats, viruses, malware and other malicious intrusions.
Currently, there is a wide variety choose from. There are quite a number of reputable online security companies which sell popular options. These include household names such as McAfee, Avast, and Norton. Most of these have free antivirus protection options or offer free trial periods.
Typically, the free option is often available as a trial for a period of 14-30 days. During this period, the user is afforded a decent amount of protection and features. For example, they can expect standard antivirus, malware, and ransomware protection. Some even include a Firewall to guard against Brute Force attacks.
The fully paid premium versions offer a lot more features. These include Browser protection (Avast even comes with its own secure Browser that resembles Firefox), malware detection and removal, email and website protection, and even password management.
Because of the sheer number of options out there, users can become confused as to which option works best for them. The advice we offer is to go for the trial period. This allows you to install the antivirus software on your PC or laptop and test-drive it. You can then determine which one works best for you.
In many cases, there are actually very few differences between the free and premium versions. For instance, Avast offers almost ALL of the premium features in its free version. The premium (paid) version offers additional addons such as password managers, computer cleaners, defrag tool, VPN, parental control, browser protection, anti-hijack features, and a secure browser that can browse the Internet anonymously.