Best AntiVirus software?

Categories: Security and Compliance, Tips


This is a question that I get asked often by friends and customers: 

What should I use to protect my computer from X?

Here are my current recommendations for antiX software (x = virus, malware, phishing, etc.).  Keep in mind this is for home and small business (10 or less computers) users only; larger businesses may want software that gives them more control over managing workstations and deploying updates.  I have personally used both of these products and have found them to do an adequate job of providing basic protection from malware, without causing a significant performance penalty (slowing down your computer).

NoteUse one of the programs below, not both!

Microsoft Security Essentials


Provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Cost:  free (Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials)

AVG Free Edition


Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows

Cost:  free (private, non-commercial use)

Leave a comment and let me know what your software of choice is for blocking malware.

Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows