Antivirus Performance Comparison

Security experts and consumers alike are aware of a myriad of factors when choosing an antivirus program, in addition to its protection capabilities. Things like cost, system impact usability, compatibility, and personal judgement of the company’s business practices are all important aspects which can play a significant role in a person’s decision to select an antivirus program.

The German-based Avira is a great choice for anyone who needs an antivirus suite with solid test results and the option of billing monthly. This AV program has impressive laboratory scores across every category and comes with a number of useful extras, such as a password manager. Avira scans are lightweight and don’t consume much of the resources. The full-scan speed is reduced by 53 percent. This is among our most notable results.

It’s hard to pick the best free AV program since some of our top picks have some drawbacks. Kaspersky can slow down your PC by up to 53% with its heavy background effect, while Avast is only slightly slower at 44 percent. On the other the other hand, Bitdefender has an excellent free version, as well as a dependable subscription-based AV program that has excellent independent lab scores. Its feature set is very extensive and includes an VPN that helps it stand out from the competition.

F-Secure is the best-rated paid antivirus program. McAfee Total Protection and Trend Micro Internet Security are also highly evaluated. Microsoft Defender, the built-in antivirus that is included with Windows 10 and 11, is relatively light, only having an impact on the background of 9.9%. However, it can cause heavy system slowdowns when conducting full system scans.