Post by masonc
Anti-virus programs from where? Russia, China, Romania, Bulgari ??
Are you kidding?
What's the best Made-in-America safe anti-virus program?
That’s like asking "What came first, chicken or the egg?"
Each month there are tests performed by labs like
https://www.av-test.org/en/ that test many (but not all) antivirus products
and suites that offer AV, Malware detection and numerous other methods for
helping users stay safe on the internet. For 2017, Symantec took the honors
along with Bitdefender for Best Protection. You can read more about how they
test on the link I provided.
You will get many opinions on these from freeware, open source to commercial
products. I've probably tried a good share of the name brand products in
the past 20 years but the ones that I recommend to my clients and that I use
myself that have proven reliable and most useful are:
1. Norton Security (Symantec)
2. MalwareBytes Premium
Norton used to be a resource hog a few years back and got a bad reputation
for being bloated with a lot of add-on tools. No longer. It is lean and
mean and does a great job for all things pertaining to internet security.
MalwareBytes covers the phishing attempts, drive-by web sites and a host of
other nasty's that you don't want on your system.
Both have their excellent points and some minor irritants and both are
available as trials from their sites:
So far none of my clients systems have been ransacked by a virus, malware or
ransomware during the past two years. I have both installed on my systems
because I support both but if you had to chose only - go with MalwareBytes
and get the 30 day trial version to try it out. The free version does not
provide active monitoring.
Also - shop the price. You can find MalwareBytes 3PC's for 1 year usually
for $39 and lower and I've purchased Norton Internet Security for 10 devices