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By Peter Zaborszky

The 5 Best Antivirus with Malware Protection

Going back a number of years, antivirus products wouldn’t always include a malware protection element. People would instead tend to complement the use of an antivirus product with occasional scans with an anti-spyware program. These were the days of applications such as SpyBot – Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware.

Things have changed. Nowadays, most antivirus products build in more widespread malware protection. Ultimately they have to, as modern security threats take on many forms. In fact, traditional viruses now only account for a small proportion of “in the wild” threats, so computer users also need their security software to also protect them from things like Trojans, phishing sites, key-loggers and rootkits.

The real life tests we use when we review products at Best Antivirus are designed to throw a selection of modern threats at the programs. One of out tests uses a “scareware” antivirus product. This is actually a fake product, which convinces inexperienced users their PC is infected with viruses that can only be removed if their hand over some money to purchase the product.

Another one of our tests uses an installer file for the Google Chrome browser that, on the face of it, appears genuine. However, it actually installs a host of intrusive and undesirable programs at the same time. While this file isn’t technically a virus, it is undoubtedly malware. The five products listed here in our roundup of the the best antivirus software with malware protection all dealt with the fake Chrome installer, but plenty of the other products we reviewed failed to do so.

It’s quite revealing that the product that tops our table, Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus, comes from a vendor that originally concentrated on anti-malware software (with their well-known Spy Sweeper product). The company’s expertise in dealing with constantly evolving threats has clearly paid dividends. SecureAnywhere also tops the overall table of our favoured products.


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Winner – Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

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Positives: Great protection from all kinds of threats

Negatives: There are slightly cheaper products around

As mentioned in the introduction, Webroot have a background in anti-malware products. Spy Sweeper, which is now discontinued, rescued plenty of IT professionals over the years when they were faced with spyware-infected PCs.

It’s clear that Webroot have taken a thorough approach to modern threats. Their promotional literature talks of protection for “the latest known and unknown online threats,” and goes on to list functionality that includes social networking protection, protection from spyware attacks and browser integration to avoid identity theft.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is our favourite antivirus product at the time of writing, and it has a striking new interface for the 2014 version. It manages to get everything just right, and protects you from all kinds of malware.

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2. VIPRE Antivirus 2014

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Positives: Truly “lean and mean,” good value

Negatives: Some products are a little more fully-featured

VIPRE Antivirus 2014 is a product that’s really easy to love. It’s very well-designed and unintrusive. Most importantly, it sailed happily through all of our real-life tests.

VIPRE market their product as an “all-in-one solution,” and make it clear from their promotional literature that they have designed the software to deal with the full range of modern threats from cybercriminals. This truly is a product that can deal with all kinds of malware types, and we particularly liked how quickly it knew that our Google Chrome installer was not to be trusted!

Another notable thing about VIPRE is the generous subscription options. If you have a number of PCs that need protecting, this is the perfect choice.

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3. ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall

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Positives: Huge features list, social networking functionality

Negatives: Installation could perhaps be a little more straightforward

ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall aims to protect users from far more than just “old school” viruses. In fact, the vendor promises protection from “spyware, Trojan horses, worms, bots and rootkits.”

The software lives up to the promise as well, and performed perfectly in our real-life tests.

Also of note are a selection of supplementary features to protect against modern malware. The Privacy & Security toolbar includes various features to stop cybercriminals tracking your online activity, and there’s even a feature that scans your Facebook presence and helps you ensure your privacy settings are correctly configured.

ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall is a product that’s truly fit for purpose in terms of protecting against the many different threats that lurk in the online world. As such, it deserves its prominent position in this roundup, as well as on several of our other top-five lists.

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4. Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus Plus

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Positives: Clear interface, rare appearance of anti-spam functionality in an entry-level product

Negatives: Not cheap, scanning a little slow

Trend Micro’s stance on modern threats is very clear. The web-based promotional literature for Titanium Antivirus Plus talks about “new Web threats” and “phishing protection,” illustrating our own earlier point that traditional viruses are just one of many things users need to protect themselves against.

Trend has some great functionality, and the inclusion of anti-spam is notable, as this in itself can protect against malware. For example, many spam emails include links to phishing sites, so keeping them away from the inbox is always a good thing! However, social networking protection is not included as it is with ZoneAlarm – Trend hold this back for their more expensive products.

Even so, this is a good product and one from a well known brand. Highly recommended.

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5. Norton AntiVirus 2014

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Positives: Plenty of features, nice and fast

Negatives: The huge selection of options may confuse technophobes

Norton Antivirus 2014 has a huge features list, so it’s not surprising to find plenty of anti-malware functionality present and correct.

Norton includes a level of social networking protection too. Specifically, it “scans your Facebook Wall and News Feed for URLs containing security threats,” which is a nice feature. Norton also has a clear focus on identifying suspicious files and web links. It works too, as it knew straight away that our malware-infested Google Chrome installer wasn’t the genuine article.

It pleases us to see Norton Antivirus back on the right track. Some years ago, it began to gain a horrible reputation as a bloated. memory-hungry mess. People who dismissed it back then would do well to give the product a second chance.

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