• Log In
  • Register

What is the best Anti-Virus software today?

Forum Search


  • Be respectful to others
  • No spam
  • No NSFW content
  • No piracy or key resellers
  • No link shorteners
  • Offensive content will be removed


ktran714 4 months ago

Title asks it all. What is THE best anti-virus/malware software today?

Comments Sorted by:

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 3 points 4 months ago

Unless you need it for some professional security gaurding lots of important files, malwarebytes will do fine.

ktran714 submitter 1 point 4 months ago

just the usual protection against malware, viruses and the things alike. hackers as well

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Then just malwarebytes and don’t do stuff like piracy or other stupid ****.

TheShadowGuy 1 point 4 months ago

My usual recommendation right now in the free AV space is Bitdefender, but there isn't necessarily a 'Best' AV. There are a number that perform extremely well, just with their own pros and cons that are subjective. For example, Microsoft's Defender actually has a pretty good detection rate now but also a lot of false positives. Kaspersky might offer more options but that comes at a small performance hit.

Even if you have the specific software, it means nothing if you ignore warnings, deactivate parts for convenience, etc, and it doesn't protect what's out there on the web- your online shopping accounts with all your credit cards, your game accounts, your data stored in the cloud.

So yeah, Bitdefender. Back up your data regularly. Use a scanner like Malwarebytes just in case. Make sure your firewall is on, passwords secure, and you are using safe practices on the web.

ktran714 submitter 1 point 4 months ago

ok thanks

tigerclaw99 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah I’ve used a lot of one av’s and I like malwarebytes the best

Benji8 1 point 4 months ago

In the last 3-4 years the AV rankings haven't changed in almost every magazine. Kaspersky Total Security and Bitdefender Total Security has been ranked either 1 or 2. I can't remember if it was 2018 or 2017 that the US intelligence community has stopped using it but for the common individual it should not an be issue. Kaspersky is Europe's number 1 selling AV for years. I have used them for the last five without issues. I am switching to Bitdefender because it was on sale and I wanted to try them out. I will also point out that Best Buy in the US has stopped selling Kaspersky products (you can google the story).

ktran714 submitter 1 point 4 months ago

oh. interesting lol

Goodperson5656 1 point 4 months ago

malwarebytes or norton.

IamNotGoodWithUsernames 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

If you're using windows then windows defender is fine for every day causal uses, but if you like to go on "one of those sites" then malwarebytes or bitdefender, panda is also good

ktran714 submitter 1 point 4 months ago

i was thinking of using both malwarebytes and bitdefender. are they both the same thing? cuz i think malwarebytes scans for malware only and bitdefender is anti-virus+malware protection as well, right? would both work together?

TheShadowGuy 1 point 4 months ago

Bitdefender free actively blocks malware. Malwarebytes free is just a scanning tool. If Bitdefender doesn't notice something, Malwarebytes should when you scan.

Malwarebytes does have a paid version that offers active protection, but I haven't recommended it for years.

ktran714 submitter 1 point 4 months ago

is malwarebytes premium not that good or something?

TheShadowGuy 1 point 4 months ago

Just not that worth it. Free versions of other antimalware apps do the job just as well if not better, and unless there are specific features of a paid solution you want, I don't recommend paying at all.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Little late but..... Probably the 3 best AV would be Avira, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender.


Here you can find performance test, malware removal and real world protection tests. This is probably best site


Oliver_Powell 1 point 4 months ago

You can try McAfee, Malwarebytes or BitDefender. These are the 3 best anti-virus software options which are very effective to fight against today's malware or virus attacks.