What We Test:

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Score 95%93%90%85%82%78%77%76%74%73%
Antivirus Software

All Software Available for Instant Download
SAVE 30%

(no discount)
Norton Box
SAVE 43%
Bitdefender Box
SAVE 42%
Panda Box
SAVE 26%

(no discount)
Avast Box
SAVE 20%
Kaspersky Box
SAVE 40%
McAfee Box
SAVE 33%
Avira Box
SAVE 10%

An Intro to Our 2020 Antivirus Software Reviews

There's only one real question on anyone's mind when it comes to antivirus software: "Does it work?" After a decade under our belts in the industry now, that question still isn't easy to answer.

No antivirus company has yet created the ultimate shield against malware. If that were the case, everyone would install that software, never run the risk of infection again, and in an instant Microsoft would snap up the company and integrate its software into Windows.

Perhaps that utopia will exist in the future, but for now, the best we can hope for is something that maximizes security as much as possible.

After running a battery of antivirus software tests, we've concluded that VIPRE Advanced Security is the best antivirus software of the year.

While not perfect by any means, VIPRE still out-performs its competitors in the PC security world.

We'll get into the "why" part in the actual review, but here's the short version: VIPRE Advanced Security has every important feature to look for in a high-end Internet Security Suites, but they offer it for the same price as competitors basic, entry-level software.

Think of it as getting a gourmet seven course dinner for the price of a cheeseburger.

Testing, Comparing & Ranking the Programs

As for testing it, or antivirus software for that matter, it isn't as easy as you might think.

The biggest thing that scares us as security geeks isn't the virus that's been around for six months, six weeks, or even six days. It's the one that's only been in the wild for six hours that no antivirus software has even had chance to see.

So, this is, of course, what we focus on: finding and testing with the latest threats. Sure, some of our testing involves older viruses, but we put the emphasis on new ones.

Because malware continues to evolve alongside antivirus software, it's a survival of the fittest battle fought in milliseconds.

Malicious programmers have created malware that can change and adapt on its own to thwart any new and improved security measures meant to stop it. These "polymorphic" viruses are among the toughest out there since antivirus software has to react in real-time against threats it has never seen before and that's intent on breaking through its defenses.

And this all has to be done with minimal affect on your experience using the computer. As consumers we all want to have our cake and eat it, too: give us maximum protection but stay out of the way.

It's difficult to achieve.

Here are our reviews of basic Antivirus Software and of Internet Security Suites.

A note from Editor in Chief, Kevin R. Smith...

We hear it all the time:

I'm so confused... Why should I trust you?!

For more than a decade consumers have turned to us as THE independent source of antivirus software reviews for Windows PCs.

Here and now, we're going to share the truth with you about antivirus software including the biggest mistakes that you need to avoid if you want to use antivirus software to:

  1. keep viruses and other malware off your PC
  2. avoid phishing, social engineering, and ransomware attacks
  3. secure your PC

Besides the typical mistakes that beginners make with choosing antivirus software just because you've heard of the brand before, there are some mistakes even the so-called "computer experts" make in putting too much emphasis on a list of features.

We're going to show you the three mistakes you--and likely even the pros--are making in choosing and recommending antivirus software.

Our advice is going to help you create a secure PC environment without breaking the bank.

Most importantly though, in just a few simple steps, you can go from being unsure about what to buy to confident in your decisions.

And, YES, despite what you may have heard (or what you may feel about your own skills) you really can do it yourself... all without involving a trip to the PC repair shop or a call to your neighbor's snot-nosed kid down the block.

See why over 60,000 subscribers trust us for advice on how to secure their digital lives.

Let's get started...

Warm regards,
Kevin R. Smith

Testimonials / What Our Customers Say

  • Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for fast response and honest info (as always). All I need is antivirus protection... I rarely use desktop or laptop and only for a few basic functions.

    Thanks as always!

    Jake, 01/03/2020
  • Hi Kevin,

    Once again thank you. You really helped me and the way you describe and give analogies is just brilliant. Everyone should read only your brilliant descriptions and findings. I will certainly read every link you sent me and continue to follow you on your website. You are in the right place Kevin and I benefit and appreciate it.

    Thank you again Kevin.


    L.G., 10/18/2018
  • Kevin & Josh:

    Keep up the great work you are addressing and sharing with the public.

    Thanks guys for all that you do. Great work.

    Chad, 10/12/2018
  • Kevin & Josh:

    Thanks so much for heading me to such a terrific product.

    Cecil, 09/08/2018
  • Kevin,

    Hello, I would like to thank you for your response to my personal e-mail....

    I appreciate your honest opinion.
    Gary, 08/25/2018
  • Kevin,

    Once again you have saved my bacon!! Your link was all I needed....

    Surfing the internet virus free thanks to you guys,
    Derrick, 06/24/2018
  • ...thanks for your honest help. It's rare nowadays, I'm glad I found your website. :)
    Brenda, 05/15/2018
  • I want you to know that your report and advice helped me tremendously...

    I can't thank you enough, guys!!
    Barbara, 04/17/2018
  • thanks, you guys are real down to earth, love that, will take your advice
    Bill, 3/8/2018
  • I found your report extremely helpful, thank you.

    It is indeed a confusing area for people like myself who are confused by all the conflicting information. So, thank you again...
    Pat, 2/2/2017
  • It is a pleasure reading the honest, knowledgeable reviews. No other site is like your site. You two guys have to be proud and happy about yourselves.
    Louie G, 10/29/2016