Why do you need an Antivirus solution for your Windows installation
Whenever someone is talking about antivirus software on the internet, someone always seems to feel he is under attack and say they don’t need an antivirus because they’re careful. I wouldn’t call those people stupid but to make it as easy as possible, this simply isn’t true. No matter how smart think you are, you can still benefit from installing a good antivirus on your Windows computer. The idea that antivirus software is only necessary for irresponsible Windows users is a myth, and a dangerous one to spread. We are living in an age where zero-day vulnerabilities are found and sold to organized crime with alarming frequency, even the most careful of users are vulnerable. Not because they are stupid, but because the software created have to many loopholes in their software.
Every few weeks, Microsoft will come out with an announcement that there is a new virus or security threat to the operating system you are using. These threats can be virus programs, Trojan horses or holes that hackers can use to exploit a weakness in your computer’s security. But before Microsoft is able to send out those warnings, there are most likely criminals who have used those bugs to make money from normal computer users. A good antivirus can stop these type of trends before they are identified and fixed by Microsoft. There will always be threats from hackers and vulnerabilities in operating systems, and no antivirus is 100% safe, but there are some who are getting really close to the 100% safety mark.
What is the best Antivirus solution in the market?
Well, that is not an easy question we can answer. There are many different companies selling antivirus software these days and they all range in price from free to really, really expensive. To make it a bit easier for you I have a few base rules. For starters, always use a well know product. For one reason, the antivirus product will be subject to scrutiny and will appear in antivirus tests, so you can get some idea of how well it performs. Also, there is no best antivirus solution. Things change, also rankings like this one. If you really want to be save, just make sore to visit WindowsInstructed once in a while to see if we already posted a new ranking list. And the last thing I would like you to remember, be smart and think for yourself. Whenever you are going to download a new antivirus solution, be sure to check the name of the program in your search engine first. If there is something wrong with it, you will know soon enough.
Free versus Paid
The first thing you need to decide, whether you want to spend any money or not. Most antivirus programs are paid solutions that will cost you some money. However, there are many good, free antivirus products. You don’t actually have to spend any money to get solid protection.
Free antivirus products will most of the times have the same antivirus detection as the commercial antivirus products do, so they’ll detect and block malware just as well. Paid antivirus products have bonus features and function more as an entire security suite. You’ll get features like an extra firewall, anti-theft tracking, anti-spam features, phishing filters, and so on.
The free products do tend to irritate you. They may display offers encouraging you to upgrade to the paid version, or offer you other forms of ‘advertisement’. That’s how they make their money; the free version functions as advertising for their paid version. This is the trade-off you make — you’re nagged a little, but you don’t have to pay a yearly subscription fee.
The best Antivirus for Windows 8.1 on June 2014
The results from this list has been enquired by AV-TEST.org, a famous German research facility. Every other month, the researchers publish the results of their testing, where they list which products they awarded their certification. The organisation is based in Magdeburg, in Germany. The following list is sorted on the one thing an antivirus has to do best, to protect you for the dangers of the internet. In conclusion, the best antivirus for you to get would be the Avira Internet security suit. (Or at least for June it is)
|#||Microsoft Windows Defender|
|1||Avira Internet Security||★★★★★★||★★★★★☆||★★★★★★|
|2||Bitdefender Internet Security||★★★★★★||★★★★★☆||★★★★★★|
|3||F-Secure Internet Security||★★★★★★||★★★★☆☆||★★★★★★|
|4||G Data InternetSecurity||★★★★★★||★★★★☆☆||★★★★★★|
|5||Kaspersky Lab Internet Security||★★★★★★||★★★★★★||★★★★★★|
|6||McAfee Internet Security||★★★★★★||★★★★★☆||★★★★★★|
|7||MicroWorld eScan Internet Security Suite||★★★★★★||★★★☆☆☆||★★★★★★|
|8||Norton Norton Internet Security||★★★★★★||★★★★☆☆||★★★★★★|
|9||Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security||★★★★★★||★★★★★☆||★★★★★★|