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Antivirus Performance Comparison

Viruses can do anything from taking your hard disk space to accessing your private information and draining your CPU. There are numerous anti-virus programs available to guard your gadgets from these problems. It is important to select an anti-virus that has minimal impact on performance of your system. This is a key factor that all of our antivirus programs are tested against. The results are based on the length of time it takes each program to complete an operation. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, for example had a background effect of 6% while scanning the entire system, while ESET had an impact of 12 percent.

Avira is a German company 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. Its user interface offers a wide range of features as well as a smart «firewall» as well as a variety of privacy tools. Avira’s subscriptions are priced on a monthly basis rather than a set 1-3 year period, making it easier to cancel or alter the subscription at any time without worrying about 2nd-year renewal price shocks.

A fairly new name in our tests, Essentware – which was previously known as PCKeeper – uses the Avira engine under the hood and generally scores quite well across the spectrum. Its performance and interface are both easy to use, but some issues with stability such as scan jobs freezing up that have led to a lower rating. However, the detection was satisfactory and a flawless run through the certification sets earned it a VB100 award.

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