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PC Tools AntiVirus 6.1 Review

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Antivirus Software here.

Our Verdict

Don't bother with this software (even the free version), look elsewhere.

For

  • Includes heuristic file analysis and real-time protection.

Against

  • Poor performance in our evaluation, as well as 3rd party tests.
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PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- The main dashboard of the software features quick access to the manual scan, and an overview of the various components.

PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- The main dashboard of the software features quick access to the manual scan, and an overview of the various components.
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PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- A PC Tools AntiVirus scan in progress. The Intelli-scan is optimized to only check the most critical areas of your PC.

PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- A PC Tools AntiVirus scan in progress. The Intelli-scan is optimized to only check the most critical areas of your PC.
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PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- IntelliGuard is composed of advanced protection for your files, emails, and memory.

PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- IntelliGuard is composed of advanced protection for your files, emails, and memory.
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PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- You can set and tweak a number of settings. Setting up the software allows you to customize your user experience and further personalize the software.

PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- You can set and tweak a number of settings. Setting up the software allows you to customize your user experience and further personalize the software.
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PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- You can schedule customized scans to run at a specific time (down to the second).

PC Tools AntiVirus screenshot image- You can schedule customized scans to run at a specific time (down to the second).

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Antivirus Software here.

PC Tools AntiVirus just isn’t worth it - it is very far from being close to the best antivirus software available. There is a free version (and a registered “trial-pay” free version), and a paid version. To be honest, we can’t recommend any version of the software, because there are much better free antivirus programs available, and there are certainly several full functioning antivirus solutions that blow it out of the water.

At first glance, PC Tools AntiVirus seems like a decent antivirus software; it protects worms, viruses, and Trojans. But the software makes no mention of unearthing rootkits, or protecting from the newest threats that continue to evolve.

PC Tools AntiVirus isn’t terrible, but it certainly doesn’t offer a high enough level of protection. To their credit, the software has been approved by the West Coast Labs, receiving checkmark certifications for effective desktop protection from viruses, spyware, Trojans, and malware.

On the other hand, PC Tools has failed both of the latest tests from Virus Bulletin (for Windows XP and Windows Vista).

Installing and setting up PC Tools AntiVirus isn’t really difficult at all. The installation follows the traditional Windows installer method, and didn’t require us to restart our computer.

Overall, PC Tools AntiVirus is decent, but they just don’t even compare to the other antivirus software we reviewed. If you’re looking for an advanced antivirus software, you’re going to want to look elsewhere. Even if you’re looking for a free antivirus, we definitely recommend looking at a better solution.