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Posted by Sean McCall on July 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Best:

  • Kaspersky       64.95 1 Year 3 PCs
  • BitDefender    59.95 1 Year 3 PCs
  • F-Secure        59.99 1 Year 3 PCs

Better:

  • Panda             59.99 1 Year 1 PC
  • Symantec        49.99 1 Year 3 PCs
  • G Data            34.95 1 Year 1 PC

Good:

  • AVG                 54.99 1 Year 1 PC
  • Sophos           136.50 1 Year 3 PCs*
  • Avast               39.99 1 Year 1 PC
  • TrustPort*        54.95 1 Year 1 PC
  • eScan*            45.95 1 Year 1 PC
  • ESET*             59.99 1 Year 1 PC
  • TrendMicro*    34.95 1 Year 3 PCs

Average:

  • Webroot*          79.95 1 Year 3 PCs
  • PC Tools*         49.99 1 Year 3 PCs
  • Avira*               49.99 1 Year 1 PC
  • Microsoft*        Free
  • K7*                  49.96 1 Year 1 PC
  • McAfee*           39.99 1 Year 3 PCs
  • Comodo*         39.99 1 Year 3 PCs*

*Difficult to interpret data

I used AV-TEST & AV-Comparatives for this breakdown. It took a while to merge there data, but I managed to come up with a method to the madness for future reference:

  • AV-Test Protection: +5.25
  • AV-Comparatives Compromised: -2.0%
  • AV-Comparatives Blocked: +97%
  • AV-Test Repair: +4.75
  • AV-Test Usablity: +4.5
  • AV-Comparatives User Dependent: Divide by 2 & add half to Blocked & half to Compromised

Using this as minimum requirements for software, very few can be called Best or Better. As you can see though, the only free software in this list is from Microsoft, and it's in the Average section, which could be called the Average/Bad section. 2 obvious "rip-offs" exist, quote Sophos & Webroot. Sophos is mostly intended for business use though, thus why such a small lincense costs so much. Kaspersky really took the charge with this one though, it's worth that extra $5 if one cares to invest. If one is looking for a deal, G Data has you covered there. And now, if you're like me, and perfer free, you may have noticed already that many of the above offer free versions. Use this as a baseline for what they can really do.


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