When selecting an antivirus software package, there are a few things to keep in mind before making your selection. The following lists what many experts say should be considered before making your choice.
By following these simple steps, your choice of antivirus software will provide you with compatibility, protection, and detection designed for your computer and avoid all of the potential pitfalls along the way.
- What operating system you are currently using and if you are likely to upgrade should be taken into consideration before making your choice. Some antivirus software will not work on certain operating systems. Some are made specifically for certain systems. For example, software made by Windows is not going to work on a Mac.
- What do you use your computer for? Are you a gamer? Do you surf the Web a lot? Or do you use your computer primarily for work? There are different levels of protection needed for the different uses of your computer. Your selection should be based on what you predominantly use your computer for.
- After you have made a list of selections that you think are good, check them against lists made by certification and testing companies to see how they stack up against the competition. If you don’t see your selection on one of these lists, chances are that it is not a very good antivirus software. Two labs noted for testing this software are VB100% and ICSA labs.
- After you have checked to make sure your choices are certified, notice the test scores attributed to the different software packages. The test scores are based on how well each software ranks with respect to protection and detection. Make sure your final choices are ranked consistently high before the final step.
- The final step is to test each of your final selections to see how well they do on your system. Your computer system may be similar to others, but it is distinctive in that it is a reflection of you and how you use the computer.
The following are a few examples that are found on a recent VB100% report: