PC Magazine Reviews Anti Virus Programs

September 29, 2016


When it comes to anti-virus software, we all have our preferences and favorites. Today the threat of viruses, malware, and ransomware are higher than ever and security must be a company's #1 priority. A malicious file can quickly spread throughout an entire network, crippling a business. With more businesses today relying on computers than ever before, anti-virus protection must be taken seriously by everyone in the company.

Before we get into the programs it needs to be said that the best anti-virus protection your organization can have is education. Informing every member of your team about dangerous websites, suspicious emails, and unknown files is the first step in securing your network. The more people understand what to look for, the better your IT team can be prepared for a potential attack.

Now onto the list! It's no surprise that the big names made the list, including McAfee, Norton, and Trend Micro. We were a bit surprised to find some newcomers rising quickly to the top, including Webroot, Bitdefender, and Emsisoft. In a few categories, these newer programs actually performed better than the big names, which can be great for security professionals looking to try something new.

Each program was graded in several areas, including: on-demand malware scan, on-access malware scan, website rating, malicious URL blocking, phising protection, behavior-based detection, and vulnerability scanning. The review is quite complete with each program receiving an editor's rating and a complete synopsis of the pros and cons.

Determining the program that is right for your business will require an audit of how your network operates. Several factors come into play such as: type and number of devices, server setup, composition of PC MAC and Linux systems, and so on. We recommend speaking with a professional at AuditMacs to evaluate your network and help guide the decision-making process. Again, network security is not to be taken lightly. To get started, contact us today to schedule a time to review your network.