Difficulty level: Moderate, Time taken to complete: 20-30 mins. Approx., involves installing software

Objective:

  • Identify your security requirements
  • Select an Anti-virus product that meets your requirements

The word “Malware” refers to different kinds of malicious software such as Viruses, spyware, adware and ransomware. These malware programs, once admitted to the system, can damage, alter and even delete crucial data or pieces of code. A good anti-malware product ensure that your system gets an all-round protection.

While most of the well known anti-virus products provide effective malware protection, they also provide various other useful features. Below are some of the requirements you can consider for choosing a product:

  1. You often browse the web and are concerned about accessing websites that are harmful
  2. You are dealing with a lot of spam e-mails lately
  3. Worried your laptop or mobile phone’s webcam or microphone could be hacked
  4. Need protection from malware such as ransomware, spyware etc.
  5. You have a lot of passwords to deal with and you are looking for a password manager
  6. You are a frequent traveler and you browse internet on public wi-fi networks at airports, railway stations, cafes etc.

Some of the malware protection products offer advanced features such as VPN services, password managers, secured browsing through alerts on unsafe sites and even folder and file level encryption for securing vital data.

There being a plethora of Anti-virus products to choose from in the market, we have enlisted some of the products and their prices for your reference.

Our recommendation is Avast Premier as it provides more security features and is economical of the lot. Please review the features carefully on the product website since prices and features are subject to change with version updates.

CompanyProductPrice in INRPage
AvastFree0
Internet Security (IS)1399Click here
Premier (P)1799Click here
AVGFree (F)0
Inter Security (IS)2068Click here
Ultimate (U)2643Click here
KasperskyAnti-Virus (AV)599Click here
Internet Security (IS)999
Internet Security (IS)2149
McAfeeTotal Protection (TP)1299Click here

Below are the considerations for selecting an AV product and the features. Refer to product code in the table above. e.g. F in Avast stands for free version of Avast Anti-virus.

FeatureAvastAVGKasperskyMcAfee
Malware ProtectionF, A, PF, IS, UAV, TSTP
Password ManagerF, A, PTSNo
Enhanced FirewallA, PIS, UTSNo
Vulnerability ScanF, A, PIS, TSNo
Safe web browsingA, PIS, UIS, TSTP
Block spam and
phishing
A,PTP (Anti-
Phishing
only)
Webcam protectionPIS, U
Find lost deviceIS, TSTP
Mobile versionF, A, PIS, UTSTP
Ransomware ShieldPIS, UTSTP

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