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There’s little point in choosing an antivirus product that boasts the best detection rates in the world if it slows your system to a crawl every time it runs a scan.
This is most commonly a problem with products that are poorly optimized and/or come bundled with a bunch of extra ‘features’ that are aimed to bolster security but do little more than hog your system’s resources.
Ideally, you want to find antivirus software that strikes the sweet spot between a good detection rate and a low number of false positives.
Excellent protection rates are only part of the equation.
Be wary of any antivirus software that consistently scores poorly on independent tests (more on this later!
) and don’t hesitate to cross repeat offenders off your list.
You need to be able to fully trust that the vendor will handle your files responsibly, ethically and securely.
Signature-based scanners are great for detecting known threats (that is, malware that has been seen before), but they’re very ineffective when it comes to dealing with zero day attacks (brand new malware).
New outbreaks typically hit the globe within minutes and can potentially infect millions of machines before an antivirus vendor can even think about releasing a signature update.
From barebones products to feature-laden security suites and everything in between, there are so many options on today’s market that it can be difficult to know which antivirus software is right for you. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up 13 mistakes to avoid when choosing antivirus software.
So, sit down, write up a list of potential antivirus products and we’ll show you exactly how you can start weeding out the unsuitable candidates.
Look for a product which features a user-friendly interface that’s logical to navigate and includes settings that can be easily tweaked to meet your needs.