Antivirus Comparisons

When your computer system is infected, you can find yourself victim to system crashes, slow load times, identity theft and unsafe browsing activities. Hackers are constantly releasing new attacks on systems, making it important to have a reliable internet security suite that protects against both identified and unidentified threats. McAfee and Norton, some of the most popular antimalware suites available, are two of the top 10 finishers in independent tests.


Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look:

 

McAfee

 

McAfee
McAfee has consistently demonstrated its ability to protect your online identity and keep your passwords safe. It has an easy-to-use interface, and you can quickly set up user profiles and manage parental controls to protect your family. Under a single license, you can extend protection across multiple devices, such as PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. You can even manage them all from one console. However, McAfee struggles to clean and repair systems already under malware attacks.
 

Where McAfee shines: malware protection and usability scores
  • Strong protection against new attacks
  • Protection against phishing and social network dangers
  • Highest possible score in usability

 

Norton

 

Norton
Norton received the Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for internet security, outperforming all but two competitors in AV-Test runs. Its suite includes network monitoring, parental controls, silent mode, a two-way firewall, a recovery disc and data backup. Norton received the highest possible score in system repair and cleaning, significantly outperforming most competitors in its ability to remove threats from already-infected systems. Norton offers excellent support across all your devices, with a specialty in Android systems, and has 24/7 chat, email and phone support available.

What Norton has that McAfee doesn't: Where Norton shines: Android protection and system backup
  • IM and chat protection
  • Social network protection
  • Rescue mode and safe reboot
  • Email support
  • Reliable coverage across multiple devices
  • Safe reboot and data backup options for when system crashes
  • Bronze Award in overall performance

 

Bitdefender

 
How do McAfee and Norton compare to our Best in Class?

Bitdefender received the Gold Award for overall performance in protection, repair and usability. Top Ten Reviews measured applications' abilities to defend against attacks from all sides, and Bitdefender correctly identified every single malware sample on both Windows 7 and 8. Across the industry, the average was only 97 percent on Windows 7 and 98 percent on Windows 8. Bitdefender also recognized all unidentified threats, which was difficult for most competitors. Its reliability, consistency and assortment of features make it the 2014 standard for internet security suites.

Why Bitdefender is best in class:
  • Top overall scores in usability, protection and repair
  • Easy-to-use interface with extensive features
  • Affordability and reliability

 

McAfee or Norton: Which is better?

Norton outperformed McAfee in the AV-Test run, particularly in repairing infected systems. Norton's suite is more extensive, including features such as safe reboot, email support, social media protection, and chat and instant messaging protection. McAfee scored very well in terms of usability, but Norton is more reliable in protecting against new and existing threats.

Interested in learning more? Check out our comprehensive comparisons of Norton, McAfee and Bitdefender to see how they stand up to the competition.

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