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 By Steve Morhan
How to Choose Anti Virus Tools Windows
Each anti-virus software or solution has own attributes, this is why common customers usually struggle how to get a right thing in lots of candidates.

In general, we can compare anti-virus products in 3 main aspects:


If an anti-virus product has defeat in reliability, it’s definitely useless. Lots of reliability issues are due to conflict with other software installed on same computer, that blocks further running of scan or kill some sort of virus or malware. It means in particularly situations some known virus can survive in your computer even if you intentionally run an anti-virus protection software. Another circumstance is much worse: you somehow install a cheater that seems to be an anti-virus product but actually does as a malware. It may indeed clean some viruses, however, its quality is very low and the real purpose is to run spyware or adware at your computer.

To get reliability solutions, the smart way is to choose reliable vendors and only download the installation packages from original producers.


Usability is the second important factor especially for common home users who usually lack experience and patience to manage complicated software. Even if the product has the perfect feature to deal with any security risk, the users may give up running it because they just want to simplify their jobs. In some cases, if the anti-virus software is too difficult to run, the user may simply disable it.

The following is a popular list for home users.

AVG TechnologiesAVG AntivirusCzech Republic
BaiduBaidu AntivirusChina
BitDefenderBitdefender Antivirus PlusRomania
BullGuardBullGuard AntivirusUK
Comodo GroupComodo AntiVirusUSA
ESETESET Nod32 AntivirusSlovakia
FaronicsFaronics Anti-VirusCanada
FilseclabFilseclab Twister AntivirusChina
IkarusIkarus Anti VirusAustria
Iolo TechnologiesSystem Shield AntiVirusUSA
Kaspersky LabKaspersky Anti-virus WSEERussia
LavasoftAd-Aware Free Antivirus AntiSpywareMalta
Panda SecurityPanda AntiVirus PlatinumSpain
QihooQihoo 360 AntivirusChina
ThreatTrack SecurityVIPRE AntivirusUSA
TrustPortTrustPort AntiVirusCzech Republic


Theoretically, all anti-virus products will offer protection. Although they may have different behaviors in both comprehension and quality, for most use cases of home computer, protection isn’t as same important as usability. However, for business or enterprise users, their points are changed. These organizations usually hire people to offer computer service. Usability isn’t important any more. Instead, they hope stronger protection for information security, for example, higher frequency and regularity of updates and better ability to remove infections.

The following is a popular list for business users.

Kaspersky LabKaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows ServersRussia
Intel Security - McAfeeMcAfee VirusScan EnterpriseUSA
MicrosoftMicrosoft System Center Endpoint ProtectionUSA
Panda SecurityPanda Endpoint ProtectionSpain
Quick Heal TechnologiesQuick Heal AntiVirus Server EditionIndia
SophosSophos Endpoint Security and ControlUK
Trend MicroOfficeScanUSA