Don't-Miss Antivirus software Stories
Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 does a decent job at malware blocking but doesn’t stand out.
F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010 does a good job detecting malware, but it doesn't quite keep up with the top contenders.
BitDefender Antivirus 2010 will get the job done, but it needs a better user interface.
G Data led the field on almost all of our malware detection tests, but using this program means having to make more decisions than you do with other apps.
Hackers have shown that they can plant their malware even on mainstream sites--proving that you need antivirus protection now more than ever. We lab-tested eleven top security programs to find the best guardians for your PC.
Unfortunately, ESET NOD32 doesn't keep up with other antivirus apps in blocking malware.
Norton AntiVirus is a good choice for nontechies, but those willing to deal with a less-refined interface can get stronger protection.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus has plenty of features, but is inconsistent thanks to its below-average traditional malware detection and at-times frustrating user interface.
Avira AntiVir Premium Edition needs more features and a face-lift before it can become a top choice.
McAfee Antivirus Plus has some good features and a decent interface, but it has too many performance problems for us to recommend it.
Trend Micro Antivirus + Antispyware's nice user interface can’t make up for its lackluster malware detection.
Avast Professional Edition's inconsistent malware detection and frustrating interface make it a less-than-ideal choice for protecting your PC.
This little-known (and low-cost) suite excels at malware detection and removal.
Ad-Aware Pro protects against spyware, malware, rootkits, viruses, and network dangers--and gives you a moderately useful toolkit--but you may do just as well with free programs.
This for-pay version of the popular antispyware program Ad-Aware includes antivirus protection.