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Which Antivirus should I buy?

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There are several well known Antivirus programs out there and they each have their strengths and weaknesses. In this article we will discusse how we evailated them and give you our recommendation if you are looking to buy an antivirus program. The three that we will talk about are Norton, MacFee and the somewhat lesser known AVG.

When thinking about an good antivirus program there are a few things to keep in mind.

1) System Resource Usage: You don't want the antivirus program using so many of your computers resources that it grinds the system to a halt and you cannot get anything else done. There is nothing more annoying that being in the middle of work, or a really good online game only to have your system performance go down the tubes due to a scan starting.

2) Ease of use: This includes the ability to easily schedule scans, stop scans once they are started and have them not restart minutes later, a good user interface, ease and rapid virus definition updates.

3) Ability to try out for free and reasonable cost: Try before you buy, you really want to test it out to see if it is good and what you want yo live with. A free long term use of a free version of the software is important for this.

4) Effectiveness and level of protection of the software: Of course you want the software to protect you and keep your system safe.

With those criteria established let's take a look at each of the packages.


Let’s face it, Norton Antivirus has been a huge player in the antivirus market, pioneering the software from the get-go. And with popularity comes extra critics. Norton has suffered with several complaints in years previous about software bloat and overzealous resource usage. Norton is a good program but sometimes even people familiar with the product have a difficult time setting it up and getting it functioning like they want.

System Resource Usage: Poor

Ease of use: Average

Ability to try out for free and reasonable cost: Average

Effectiveness and level of protection of the software: Good



McAfee is one of the biggest names in security software, and their desktop antivirus, VirusScan Plus is pretty good. They’re not the fastest, nor the most effective and are at the bottom of our list with respect to the three we are comparing here. There are several annoying features such as generating a pop-up for every single e-mail outside wormstopper limits. No log of viruses repaired or deleted. The software setup and configuration can be difficult and at times frustrating. It will give you decent protection but if you are not familiar with the product you can spend a lot of time managing the program.

System Resource Usage: Poor

Ease of use: Poor/Average

Ability to try out for free and reasonable cost: Average

Effectiveness and level of protection of the software: Good



AVG Internet Security - Tough on threats.

AVGis at the top of our list of antivirus programs. It is a bit lesser know but is starting to become very popular (Google used it for it's antivirus scans). PCModer has been using this software for years and have found it to be excellent. The user interface is simple, the protection is good, it does not hog the system when it runs and you can easily stop scans if you need to and they do not constantly annoy you by restarting or refusing to stop. There is also AVG Free which has most of the pay features and you can use it for as long as you like to try it out. This is very nice as not only are you protected but you also can really see if you like the software at your own pace.

System Resource Usage: Good

Ease of use: Good

Ability to try out for free and reasonable cost: Good

Effectiveness and level of protection of the software: Good

PCModer recommends you at least try AVG. It is the antivirus protection that we recommend. It has proven to be easy to use, reliable, stable and offers great protection.

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