Antivirus Performance Comparison

They can be anything from the theft of your hard disk space to accessing your private data and draining your CPU. There are numerous anti-virus programs available to guard your devices from these issues. It is important to choose one that will have a minimal impact on the performance of your system. All of our antivirus software is tested against this aspect. The results are based on how long it takes each program to complete an operation. For instance, Kaspersky Security Cloud Free had an impact on the background of 6percent when performing the full scan, while ESET had a slightly higher impact of 12 percent.

Germany-based Avira is well-established in our tests and consistently scores over 90% in all three categories – Performance, Protection and Usability (False Positives). Its UI is also user comfortable and has a wealth of features, including a smart ‘firewall’ and various privacy tools. Avira’s subscriptions are priced on a monthly basis, rather than a predetermined 1-3-year period, which makes it simpler to cancel or alter the subscription at any time, without having to worry about 2nd-year renewal price shocks.

A fairly new name in our tests, Essentware – which was previously known as PCKeeper is a program that runs the Avira engine underneath and generally scores pretty well across the range. Its interface is easy to use and its performance was good this month, but there were some issues with stability, mostly related to scan jobs not being able to connect – have lowered the rating. The detection was good and a flawless run of the certification sets earned VB100.

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