These viruses can do various things, ranging from stealing hard disk space to gaining access to your personal data or draining your CPU. There are a myriad of anti-virus applications available to guard your gadgets from these problems. The key is to choose one that will have a minimal impact on performance of your system. This is a crucial aspect that all of our antivirus products are tested against. The results are based on the time it takes each program to complete an operation. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, for instance had a background effect of just 6% when running a full scan, while ESET had an effect of 12%.

Avira, a German-based firm is a reputable brand in our tests. It consistently scores above 90 percent in all three categories: Protection (False positives), Performance (False Positives) and Usability. The user interface has a wealth of features and features, including a sophisticated “firewall” and a range of privacy tools. Avira subscriptions are priced per month rather than for a set 1-3 year period. This makes it much easier to cancel the subscription or make adjustments at any time.

Essentware was formerly known as PCKeeper it is a new name for our tests. It is a part of the Avira Engine under the hood. Overall, it scored well. Its interface is simple to use and its performance was satisfactory this month, though a few stability issues – mostly related to scan jobs locking up – dented the rating. The detection was satisfactory and a perfect run of the certification sets resulted in VB100.