PROS / This program has a built-in firewall.
CONS / It slowed computers slightly in AV-Test performance testing.
VERDICT / eScan is effective malware protection for PCs running newer versions of Windows.
Editor’s Note: Top Ten Reviews uses test results from the independent laboratory AV-Test as part of our review process for the best antivirus software. AV-Test looks specifically at protection, performance and usability on multiple versions of Windows operating systems, and it performs these evaluations several times throughout the year. We use the most current AV-Test scores available at the time of our review. It is possible that new AV-Test scores will be released after our review goes live on the site. We will consider these scores during our next review of the best antivirus software.
eScan Anti-Virus offers a good balance of performance and features. It is more than adequate for protecting your computer from a number of online threats, including viruses, rootkits, spyware and other malware. In recent tests, AV-Test found that eScan did well against widespread malware and had fewer false positive software detections than the industry average. However, eScan had below-average performance scores for slowing down test computers significantly more than higher-ranked Windows 10 antivirus software in our review.
While a lot of antivirus software uses the Windows firewall, eScan includes its own for inbound and outbound traffic monitoring and defense from network attacks. This allows eScan to protect you against malware in emails by scanning attachments and quarantining infected files. To avoid passing viruses along, eScan also scans your outgoing mail.
This antivirus can fortify your computer with protection and convenience. Its gamer mode lets you use full-screen programs such as games, movies and presentations without interruptions. It detects full-screen applications and activates this mode automatically. This virus protection software also includes a utility to create a rescue disk for restoring your system in the event a threat crashes it.
eScan Antivirus for Windows 8
AV-Test tested eScan as Windows 8 antivirus software in June of 2016. It did very well in recognizing new threats and in differentiating between good and bad files, resulting in an average amount of false positives. It slipped below industry averages for detecting current malware threats and in performance, meaning it causes Windows 8 computers to run slowly as it works. Ultimately, though a decent program for protecting your computer, eScan did not rank among our top products for Windows 8 virus protection.
eScan Antivirus for Windows 7
eScan didn't make it into our review of the best antivirus software for Windows 7, but the latest AV-Test results show it does well in protecting against malware threats. It doesn't mistakenly block good websites and files too often, and it did an excellent job in recognizing new threats that weren't in its threat database before. It scored significantly lower in performance, which shows it may cause your computer to run slower while operating this antivirus program.
eScan Antivirus for Windows Vista & XP
eScan is included in our lineups of antivirus software for Windows Vista and antivirus software for Windows XP. Independent tests for both of these versions showed that the standard Microsoft security solution that comes with your Windows Vista or XP operating system is more reliable and effective at blocking malware threats than eScan. However, it is important to note that AV-Test used earlier versions of eScan on these operating systems and not the latest version released in 2016. This latest version is compatible with both Windows Vista and XP, but AV-Test no longer tests on operating systems later than Windows 7.
Help & Support
Support for this product is on par with that of the best antivirus software. You can contact the company 24/7 via email, phone or live chat. Furthermore, eScan has remote support to address problems caused by viruses.
eScan Anti-Virus is adequate software product to protect your Windows PC. It offers computer protection in real time, and it knows how to block unwanted malware downloads. It behaves in an unobtrusive way as you play games on your PC by saving notifications and alerts until you finish playing. It scores consistently lower than average in performance, though, so you can expect it to drag down your computer's speed while it works.