Top Five Antivirus Programs for 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011



SecurityNewsDaily and TopTenReviews have assembled their picks for the best commercial antivirus programs available for 2011.

Malware is consistently listed as one of the most serious threats to consumer and enterprise security, and choosing the appropriate antivirus program for your specific needs can be a time consuming endeavor.

The results of this independent comparison conducted by security professionals provides those in the market for antivirus software a great starting point for making your selection.

A summary of the top five antivirus programs is as follows:

  • BitDefender:  According to TopTenReviews, BitDefender is a strong solution because of its ease of use, effectiveness and wide scope of protection. These are characteristics shared by all the best antivirus software suites. What sets BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 apart is the features it has at its disposal to face the social-engineering and "poisoned SEO" (search engine optimization) threats that security professionals think will be widespread this year...
  • Kaspersky:  Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011, which scored across-the-board high marks in Virus Bulletin’s latest VB100 anti-virus test, "is as all-encompassing as they come," said TopTenReviews, adding that, "Kaspersky is known for their quick response to new viruses, and they’re often among the first to detect new viruses in the wild"...
  • AVG:  AVG Anti-Virus 2011 contains a new feature called Social Networking Protection, which keeps users of Facebook and other social-networking services safe by scanning all shared links in real time. Given the recent proliferation of malware sent via shortened URLs on Facebook and Twitter, AVG could be one of the best anti-virus shields for hundreds of millions of daily social networkers...
  • Norton:  The cybersecurity world has been rocked in recent months by scareware scams – e-mails and pop-up windows that trick users into believing their computers are infected with malware, and then persuading them to purchase phony antivirus software. Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus 2011 addresses the issue with Norton Power Eraser, a program which locates and removes fake antivirus programs...
  • Sophos:  antivirus makers have begun rolling out solutions built specifically for Macs. One is Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition, a free version of Sophos’ business-level Mac antivirus program, which earned top marks in the VB100 test. New to the market - it was released Nov. 2 - Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition keeps Apple users safe from the kind of malicious software that’s plagued PC users for years...

More detailed descriptions of the software and the logic behind their inclusion in this list can be found in a great TechNewsDaily writeup by Matt Liebowitz here:


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