Your guide to the latest and best security software of 2018 in the UK and US. Check out our latest reviews and buyer’s guide on the top antivirus programs for your computer, whether that’s a Windows PC or laptop.
What’s the best antivirus for Windows?
Antivirus software is key to protecting your computer and the files you store on it. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about buying antivirus for a Windows PC or laptop, including a list of the best antivirus options available.
Our current pick of the best antivirus for PC is Bitdefender, and we explain why below. Also topping our chart with five star reviews are Norton and ESET.
If you’re looking to protect a Mac, visit our sister title Macworld’s round-up of the best antivirus for Mac. And for something cheap and cheerful, try our best antivirus deals page.
Unless you have security software installed, your computer is vulnerable to viruses, malware and ransomware, which are becoming smarter and more damaging as technology evolves.
The most recent malware scare came in the form of a virus found in skins on the official Minecraft domain, according to Avast. You can find out everything you need to know about the Minecraft virus here.
The best solution to protect yourself against such threats is to install antivirus, and you’ll be pleased to hear it doesn’t have to cost you loads.
Coming right up is our list of the 9 best antivirus for Windows we’ve tested. If you’re looking for more buying advice, click here to jump straight ahead.
1. Bitdefender Total Security 2018
Bitdefender’s Total Security offering for 2018 is a feature-packed product that’s ideal for the security conscious, the family, and the traveller.
Included in the £69.99/US$89.99 price tag for 5 devices (which can include Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS) you get all the usual protections, plus a password manager, a parental advisor, and a 200MB per day per device VPN.
2. Norton Security Deluxe 2018
Norton Security Deluxe is a slick product that has the feel of Symantec’s impressive next generation business-oriented products. We’d highly recommend it.
3. ESET Internet Security 11
ESET has a deceptively simple interface that hides a genuinely impressive and detailed tool set. Delightfully affordable, it is among our favourite antivirus options for PC.
4. AVG Ultimate 2018
AVG Ultimate is a solid security suite that’s well worth considering. With unlimited installs, it’s great value for families.
5. Kaspersky Security Cloud
At first sight, there’s little to choose between Kaspersky Security Cloud and Kaspersky Total Security. All the main antivirus tools required are in noth products, making them both options worth considering.
6. McAfee Total Protection 2018
Total Protection is a big claim, and this product lives up to its promise on many fronts. With unlimited installs and a Virus Protection Pledge, you certainly get bang for your buck.
7. BullGuard Premium Protection 2018
Designed to beef up protection for home networks, Bullguard Premium Protection 2018 has a network scanner to protect any internet connected device in your home, in additon to the expected malware detection, a vulnerability scanner and more feautres to help secure your PC.