This brief review is about the top 10 internet security of the year 2015, a more detailed review of top internet security can be found here.
1.Microsoft Security Essentials
Please do not refer to the order of the top 10, particularly for this entry. This is listed first in order to get out of the way- Microsoft Security Essentials, or MSE for short, is the flagship internet security software created by Microsoft. It is not as extensive as other software- in fact; it is regarded as “baseline” security, to be used with a much more complete program.
MSE is pretty good at the basics, scores well enough, and is very simple, easy to install and non-intrusive. The only pop-up come from important announcement, and you can set the scan time and even limit CPU power. However, the actual security is very basic, and will not be able to hold up with a clumsy user who is not all familiar with computers and how viruses work. It will be enough for those who are reasonably knowledgeable, and especially those who keep their Windows computers up to date with the latest security updates. It works well on an already clean computer, for as long as the user knows how to keep it that way. Otherwise, it is just not quite enough.
A proper BitDefender 2015 review would require multiple pages for all the features that it has, despite its expensive price.
Bitdefender tries to optimize a system as much as possible while keeping it safe from threats and making sure all of your information is secure. My favorite feature by far is the rescue mode boot partition, wherein Bitdefender automatically creates an emergency rescue partition upon installation. Those who understand how horribly difficult it is to deal with messed up partitions will understand how much of a relief it is to have a clean backup.
Other features of this software include profiles for specific settings, data protection, web protection and wallet, which keep your passwords and credit card information, secure and auto-complete forms. It is definitely worth the price for those looking for an all in one security suite.
Another popular antivirus program, and is one of the favorites due to being free, just like MSE, but with stronger security and more features. This includes application analysis and network protection, the latter even checking the security on your router itself.
For a free security suite, it has higher than average detection rates for malware, and is enough security for anyone with even a little bit of computer sense. However, I have noticed that it can be rather intrusive and pushes too much the availability of a paid option.
A Kaspersky 2015 review, again, would require pages in order to give enough justification to warrant some recognition. However, I will run through the basics very quickly.
First of all, Kaspersky, one of the top internet security, is also one of the most affordable suites for the features it offers. It currently goes for $39.95 for a yearly subscription, $10 lower than Norton. The way it is designed, it is possible to use this software out of the box- after the basic installation; there is not much else for you to do, as it automatically chooses the best course of action for each decision. It values computer performance, and tries to keep itself as out of the way as possible, by not interrupting full screen gaming, shrinking itself during start up and postponing scans when a computer is being used with battery power.
Antivirus testing labs are big fans of this software, and for good reason.
From being a set of 3 different programs, everything is now packed into one, single package. Norton is able to detect a higher than average over 90% of malware as well as including settings for increasing performance and cleaning files. Best of all, a single license can power a huge 5 different devices.
Unfortunately, it does not already include Norton-Family, its parental control feature; unless a browser extension is installed. Further family features will require an addition $50 dollars per year- ironic considering how one of Norton’s strongest point is being a good option for families, due to the licensing agreement.
6.Trend Micro Internet Security
While not a Swiss army knife type of approach like most of the antivirus programs on this list, the appeal of Trend Micro Internet Security 2015 is its operation. Its focused improvement surrounded AV testing, as well as quick turnaround times for acquiring new virus signatures and applying it to the program. There are no multitudes of features here, only solid antivirus operations.
7.Bullguard Internet Security
Bullguard 2015 already contains all the security protocols plus a firewall, parental control and tune ups, and boasts having almost zero impact on performance while doing its work. It works well even with false positives, so you won’t have to face many disruptions.
8.G-Data Internet Security
German supplied software; G-Data is not the quickest scanner and can knock down performance. However, it has a smart enough system to not fall for false positives, letting you enjoy the user experience without unnecessary interruptions. Protection against malware is top notch, but again, performance is impacted highly.
9.McAfee Antivirus Plus
McAfee, as it always has been, is very reliable for blocking malicious URLs. AV tests will score it above average though it may take a few wipes in order to get rid of everything, only if considering you have a folder full of malware. Aside from the antivirus, it has a firewall, system tune-up and other common features- however, the firewall leaves a bit to be desired.
A long time player in the AV field, AVG familiarly uses layers in order to keep the security of a system: the usual anti-virus that prevents attacks based on known information, prevention of opening malicious files, and finally, updating the computer after real-time reports of moving viruses. Non-intrusive and reliable, it has been around since the 90’s.