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Choose the best antivirus firewall software for you. The Which? antivirus software reviews have tested a number of internet security packages, including suites such as Norton and McAfee, as well as free internet security programs from AVG and Microsoft. With only a handful of Which? Best Buys to choose from, you can be sure your PC will be safe.
Antivirus software is something no computer user should be without, and this video guide to buying the best antivirus software will show you what to look for.
Confused about whether you need a firewall, anti-spyware, anti virus or parental controls? Not sure whether free internet security software is any good? The Which? video guide to buying antivirus software is packed with expert advice on choosing the best program for you and your computer.
Internet security suites sell themselves as a complete security software package and offer a variety of security software – such as antivirus, firewall and anti-spyware programs – in one. They cost around £40 and will usually include a year's subscription to antivirus software updates. After this, you'll need to pay another year's subscription in order to keep receiving the software updates.
When choosing the best antivirus and security software, you don't necessarily need to spend money on an entire software suite. There are some excellent free software tools available to download and most are easy to use. However, you're unlikely to get the kind of support you'd receive with a paid-for suite, and you'll need to download and install separate programs to create a 'pick and mix' suite.
You'll need more than just antivirus software to keep your computer fully protected. A decent firewall is important as it blocks unwanted communication to and from the internet, while anti-spyware protects you from programs that monitor your actions online.
Some internet security software includes anti-phishing features, which will block potentially fraudulent websites. It's also worth looking out for anti-spam software, which filters out spam mail to prevent it from arriving in your inbox, and parental control software, which allows you to limit and mange your child's internet use.
As well as choosing the best antivirus and security software, there are other things you can do to protect your computer when you're online. Choose strong passwords and never use the same password for more than one account.
Regularly delete your browser history and cookies, which store personal details, and be alert when you’re asked to enter credit card details into a webpage. A secure web page is prefixed ‘https’ (the ‘s’ at the end stands for secure). You should also check for a padlock icon in your address bar.
The best antivirus, firewall and security software should be easy to use. There's no point having it if it works well, but you can't figure out how to set it up properly.
In Which? antivirus and security software tests, we install each software package on a clean PC, then rate how easy it is to install, navigate and update. The Which? Best Buy software not only offers impressive protection against threats, but is simple to set up and use.
Which? has tested more than 30 security software packages against a range of threats, so you can be confident that your PC will be safe with one of our Best Buys.
Which? thinks it’s important to take a real-world approach when testing antivirus and security software. The friendliness of a package is important – we deduct points for any alarming, confusing or overbearing alerts. We also assess how the security software responds when otherwise clean PCs are ‘infected’ by test viruses.