Let’s get one thing straight; Windows Defender will not protect your PC. There are hundreds of antivirus software out there that will though. So, let’s take a look at the best antivirus software for your PC.

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Before we get started you need to understand what antivirus you need and why? The smaller and fewer resources the antivirus needs, the better. I used to swear by AVG at its launch, however it has become sluggish and slowly increased my boot speed from an extra few seconds to a few minutes.

Since then hundreds of antivirus software have been released, Kaspersky has their own protection, Norton is still around, and McAfee can still be installed. But it’s often the non-commercial programs that offer a painless antivirus experience.

AV-Test Institute

The AV-Test Institute runs tests on various antivirus software on a regular basis. According to their latest tests done in April 2015, the following antivirus programs came out on top:

Home Use: Avira Antivirus Pro

Antivirus Software

According to the AV-Test Institute, Avira Antivirus Pro is their top tested choice. With an overall great protection, usability, and performance ranking.

Office Use: Bitdefender

According to the AV-Test Institute, Bitdefender is the best antivirus software for corporate use. Its browser protection is great for financial transactions and its password management helps keep it on lock down.

Recommended

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

Antivirus Software

We all need a small antivirus that runs quietly in the background, takes up very little space, and does not interfere with out PC performance. This is where Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus comes in. It really is the smallest antivirus program around. Across the board is has received hundreds of stellar reviews and reports. Compared to other antivirus software, it uses less disk space, less RAM, and scans faster than any other software on the market. It’s the fastest and smallest around, and comes highly recommended.

Free Antivirus

For all you cheap users out there, I am cheap too, don’t worry. We also have a few free antivirus programs to recommend.

Home Use: Panda Free Antivirus 2015

Antivirus Software

Panda is a solid free antivirus for home PCs. It only weighs in at 200MB and runs in the background without compromising your PC performance. It’s the closest thing you will get to commercial protection without paying a cent. Panda is powered by cloud protection scanning, which means that updates and downloads are kept to a minimum.

Home Use: Bitdefender Free Edition

Antivirus

For a free version of a paid antivirus, Bitdefender Free I offers the same high protection as its paid counterpart. It runs unnoticed in the background, and has very little configuration settings, keeping things simple. It’s one of those “install and forget” antivirus.

Are you happy with your antivirus?