It may only be the middle of 2011 but AV programs are a bit like sporty computer games – they all come out 6 months early. Unlike said computer games there are many good choices when it comes to antivirus programs in 2012. But which choice is the right one for you?
Well, something I’ve always said, and always will, is that there is no correct answer to that question. We all have different skill levels and use our computers, laptops, netbooks and cell phones in different ways.
With that in mind, I’m going to take a look at what I think will be the best programs for 2012 and I’ll tell you what I like about them and what I don’t like. After that you’ll have to decide which features work for you and buy accordingly.
2012 Antivirus Reviews
[box type="yellow"]1. Kaspersky Antivirus 2012
My first 2012 review doesn’t disappoint.
This is a highly effective program and full of features.
[box type="gray"]2. Panda Antivirus Pro 2012
With all the extras this is a serious alternative to a full internet security suite.
Low system requirements mean it will run on older computers.
[box type="yellow"]3. Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus Plus 2012
Nice simple easy to use layout.
This could be a good choice for less experienced computer users.
[box type="gray"]4. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5
Great detection rates and simple to use interface.
A good AV program with low system resource usage.
[box type="yellow"]5. BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012
Very high malware detection rate.
Strong privacy and anti-phishing protection.
My personal favourite this year.[/box]
[box type="gray"]6. Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus
Works with other security products
Read review [/box]
[box type="yellow"]7. McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012
Good malware detection
Comes with a firewall
[box type="gray"]8. F-Secure Antivirus 2012
Very easy to use
Keeps your computer secure
This is my second favourite and a good choice for slightly older computers.[/box]
[box type="yellow"]9. Norton Antivirus 2012
Excellent malware detection
Excellent malware removal
[box type="gray"]10. Avast! Pro Antivirus 2012
Works well on older computers
Nice new design
Read my review[/box]
Now that I’ve completed my reviews for this year you may be wondering which I thought was best. Of course there isn’t a simple answer here – it depends greatly upon the type of user you are and the capabilities of the machine you are placing the security software onto.
Overall though I was most impressed with BitDefender for its superior abilities at detecting and blocking malware. It does suffer a little from high resource usage so, if thats a concern, then I’d recommend F-Secure as the next best alternative.
And if you are looking for more robust protection with a plethora of additional features then my 2012 internet security reviews may be what you are looking for.