PC Malware Protection – what’s the best security app?

Similar to 2013’s security software review (see Best PC Internet Security Product?), PC World’s “Security Showdown 2014” article reviewed the current 2014 versions of 10 popular security suite applications / programs:

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2014
  • Symantec Norton Internet Security 2014
  • McAfee Internet Security 2014
  • F-Secure Internet Security 2014
  • Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014
  • Eset Smart Security 7
  • AVG Internet Security 2014
  • Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete
  • Avast Internet Security 2014
  • Vipre Internet Security 2014

Free programs will take you only so far in protecting against viruses, malware, ransomware, especially now that phones and tablets are as commonly targeted as PCs. Many suites promise to protect you, but only a few offer comprehensive security with minimal hassle.

Key factors evaluated were: interface and overall user-friendliness, Windows 8 integration, impact on system performance (so-called “footprint”), and known and “zero-day” malware detection (blocking).

If you’re using a free anti-virus product on an older PC, note the comparisons to Microsoft’s free Microsoft Security Essentials. However, there was no mention of Windows 8’s built-in Windows Defender, which replaced Microsoft Security Essentials. And I am puzzled why there wasn’t any comparison of malware removal ability.