The Best Firewall & Virus Software

Use anti virus and firewall software to protect your computer.

PC Magazine, PC World and Maximum PC differ on their choices of the best anti-virus software in April 2010. All three of them gave high marks to Norton AntiVirus from Symantec, but after that, the choices of top packages differs greatly. What is important to know is that any of these products should provide great protection both from viruses you download and against attacks from outside (which is what a firewall is for).

Symantec Norton AntiVirus

The name Norton became synonymous with computers and with keeping them running smoothly back in the early days of computing. Peter Norton started selling his products back in 1982, soon after the first IBM PC was created. He later changed the name of his company to Symantec, and it continues to be a beacon of excellence. All three magazines gave high marks to Norton AntiVirus programs saying that it provided quality protection and an easy-to-use design.

G Data Antivirus

PC World ranked G Data as being slightly better than Norton AntiVirus for complete protection. The software is more complicated to use than the Norton product. However, it also allows for better detection of malware and better firewall protection, according to the PC World review.

Spyware Doctor with Antivirus

Spyware Doctor with Antivirus, from PC Tools, earned the editor’s choice award from PC Magazine’s PC Labs, beating out Norton AntiVirus for the top ranking. According to PC Magazine’s reviews, the software was the fastest and most comprehensive at weeding out the virus threats and general malware that afflict computers.

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ESET Smart Security

ESET Smart Security, from ESET, remained a favorite with the reviewers at Maximum PC, earning their “kick ass” award. The software competes head to head with Norton AntiVirus. The software provides a large suite of different programs to help protect your computer against problems and, according to the Maximum PC review, was able to load faster than Norton AntiVirus.

Free Software

The reviews are split on which of the free programs offers the best overall protection. PC Magazine gave their best marks to Avast! and Panda Cloud Antivirus. Maximum PC was of the opinion that Microsoft’s Security Essentials product was the perfect choice for “cheapskates,” and PC World gave top billing to Avira, which ranked seventh in their overall review of anti-virus programs.