As we enter the year 2012, there is no telling what sort of malicious viruses and malwares will be unleashed over the web which can potentially put our computer systems at risk. The good things is, we are not exactly lacking in options when it comes to programs that can protect us from these vicious viruses and malware. These are of course antivirus programs which are essential tools if we want to protect our computers from these nasty viruses. So which is the best antivirus program available? Well, we did some research in order bring you the Top 10 Best Antivirus Programs for Windows 7.
Avira Antivirus Premium 2012
Avira is a program that has a nice balance of protection and performance. Avira can be yours for free which provides basic antivirus functionalities but if you want more security features, you can choose to upgrade to the premium version. The premium version offers several features such as System Scanner, AntiPhishing, AntiAd/Spyware, Web Protection, AntiDrive-by, Mail Protection and so on. Avira offers a lot of features that enables you to have a safe and secure experience while browsing the internet.
Buy Avira Antivirus Premium 2012 ($14.99)
Panda Antivirus Pro 2012
Panda Antivirus Pro is one of those antivirus programs that you can install and forget. And consequently you can also forget about viruses, malware, spyware, rootkits and so on. This is because Panda is very efficient when it comes to resource consumption, you won't even notice that it is running in the background. Panda's virus detection database is stored in the cloud so the detection capacity won't be limited by your computer. Panda Antivirus Pro is also one of the intuitive and easy to use antivirus in the market. And like every good antivirus program, its virus definitions are always updated up to the minute.
Buy Panda Antivirus Pro 2012 ($40.99)
Avast! Pro Antivirus 6
This is the choice of antivirus for those who are looking for a program that is simply non-intrusive and lightweight. I have tried using Avast in the past years and what I really like about it is the fact that you can install it and practically forget about it. It now has a Silent/Gaming mode that will disable notifications and pop-ups so you can enjoy an uninterrupted experience without having to compromise security. It is one of those cases where free versions are good enough but of course you always have the option of upgrading for better security.
Buy Avast! Pro Antivirus 6 ($39.99)
AVG Anti-Virus 2012
AVG needs no introductions as it is one of the oldest antivirus programs around. But even though that is the case, it doesn't mean that this program is not relevant anymore. Far from it. AVG offers exceptional virus protection, frequent definition updates, social media protection and safer downloads. It also features Smart Scanning which does not only improve the scanning speed but it also allows AVG to run in low-priority mode. LinkScanner technology informs you if a certain website is safe to navigate or not.
Buy AVG Anti-Virus 2012 ($39.99)
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012
McAfee is one of the most recognizable names when it comes to antivirus programs as they have been around since forever. And with AntiVirus Plus 2012, it looks the company is still at the top of their game. This security suite offers protection against viruses, spyware and malware. Apart from that it also protects your pc in real time with an added protection of a two-way firewall. Other extra features include a digital data shredder, PC Tune-up, Exclusive Anti-bot Protection and so on. Find out why this antivirus software is still highly relevant up to this day.
Buy McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 ($34.99)
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5
This antivirus has definitely come a long way since its introduction many years. As it stands, it is one of the most popular antivirus solutions in the market. ESET NOD32 is known for being a heavy duty antivirus tool but without being a resource hog like all other products. It also consumes considerably less hard drive space. With ESET NOD32's ThreatSense technology, your computer is protected with multiple layers of protection and heightened virus and malware detection. ESET offers powerful all-around protection for a great price.
Buy ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 ($39.99)
Norton Antivirus 2012
Another old-school antivirus program from way back. If you require an antivirus with a long list of features, then you can't go wrong with Norton. With its proactive protection, it will stop the malicious content before it could even infect your computer. Norton has been tweaked over the years so it will not only have superior speeds in scanning but it will also consume less memory and hard disk space. Probably one of the most resource intensive program in this list, so you will need to have a good computer to run this beast.
Buy Norton Antivirus 2012 ($39.99)
Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2012
Just when did you last see an antivirus program that fits into a 3.5" floppy disk? Well here's Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus, an antivirus that has the tiniest installer (only 600kb) and program (less than 6MB). But it may be tiny but it is no pushover when it comes to malware detection and removal rates. It includes other features such as system cleanup tools, password manager and online backup tools. It can even protect your smartphones and tablets. It is a great antivirus package, an ultra-light footprint plus more extra features, what more can you ask for?
Buy Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2012 ($39.95)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012
Here's another antivirus program that needs absolutely no introductions. Touted by many as one of the best antivirus programs in the market, Kaspersky has held on to its reputation over the years. And why not? With its impressive innovative technologies, Kaspersky offers overall superb protection and security, even against the newest of threats. It uses heuristic technologies in order to detect malware based on its behavior. It also fixes insecure settings of Windows and Internet Explorer and is able clean traces of computer and browser activity. Install Kasperky and gain peace of mind.
Buy Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 ($39.95)
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012
Bitdefender is simply the antivirus of choice of those who are looking for an effective and affordable protection against large range of threats such as viruses, worms, trojans and other forms of malware. If you are an enthusiast of social medias such as Facebook, then you will be happy to know that Bitdefender has got your back as well. It also protects you from phishing websites as it has one of the best antiphishing protection out there. With the new version it adds more features like Virtualized Browser, Rescue mode, Autopilot and Scan Dispatcher. This security suite is seriously packed for such an affordable price.
Buy Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 ($39.95)
So what's your favorite antivirus for Windows 7? You know a program that should have made it to this list? Let us know in the comments!!