During our in-house tests of Kaspersky, it was very effective at stopping threats before they began downloading. This was true in all three major web browsers, including Microsoft Edge which typically doesn’t allow third-party security programs to work alongside it.
McAfee Total Protection blocked 100 percent of the 350 Windows malware and 165 Mac threats we used in our testing, including Trojans, rootkits, phishing schemes and malicious websites.
Panda Dome Premium gives you access to modules for Windows, Mac and Android, plus a VPN that is compatible with PCs and Android mobile devices. We found that Panda did a decent job blocking and securing against malware in our in-house tests on both PC and Mac computers.
TOTAL is one of the best computer protection programs from F-Secure, and it gives you a lot more security tools for your cellphone compared to other programs we tested.
To test how well Trend Micro Maximum Security blocks Windows and Mac malware, we attempted to download, run or access over 500 (352 Windows and 165 Mac) Trojans, rootkits, ransomware, viruses and malicious websites.
ESET Smart Security Premium found 99 percent of the Windows malware we used during our in-house tests, though it struggled in our Mac tests, only blocking 71 percent of those threats.
We used 352 live Windows threats and 165 infected Mac files to test how well Bitdefender could block them from infiltrating our test computers.
Avira ranks high overall for malware protection from third-party testing labs, though we discovered a couple issues during our testing of this program.
Panda Dome Advanced is considered an internet security suite rather than a basic antivirus program because it includes security programs beyond malware protections. These include parent controls, social media protections and safe banking tools.
BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection both had a little difficulty stopping malware during our in-house tests, scoring 85 percent. It does a good job at tagging search results that are dangerous and has wonderful parental controls.
eScan did an OK job of detecting malware in our in-house tests, though it scored lower overall for protection compared to most internet security and premium protection programs we reviewed.
Avast Internet Security and Avast Premier are good choices for protecting your computers and mobile devices. Both did well in our in-house test for malware protection, and other test labs had similar results.
UPDATE: Norton revamped its lineup of consumer antivirus products in April 2019, introducing six new products under the Norton 360 brand. Norton 360 Standard replaces Norton Security Standard, which has now been discontinued.
Trend Micro is one of the few internet security programs that earned a perfect score for correctly stopping every malware threat we used in our testing, plus it earned perfect scores in other third-party labs so its overall malware protection score is 100 percent.
F-Secure Internet Security and F-Secure SAFE both did a great job at detecting and blocking malware as we attempted to access or download threats through several internet browsers.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 and the more robust Total Security 2019 both earned high marks in our detection and performance tests, and in third-party testing labs, to earn an overall protection score of 100 percent.
ESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium are both good products that scored very high in our own tests and in other independent labs’ malware protection tests.
Over the last few years we’ve seen McAfee become much better at protecting against malware. In our own tests, it stopped every one of the 352 malware samples we used.
Kaspersky Internet Security is one of the best internet security suites available, while Kaspersky Total Security is a top premium security software package.
Comodo took an exceptionally long time to download and install – nearly 20 minutes. But once set up, it found 95 percent of the malware samples we used during our in-house tests.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac found 99 percent of the malware we used when testing internet security software for Mac, and it automatically removed most of them. As each threat tried to download, Bitdefender displayed a message letting us know that it stopped the attack.
Editor’s Note: Since our last update, new features and tools have been added to Sophos’ antivirus and internet security programs.
In our tests of Intego Virus Barrier, the antivirus program in this Mac internet security bundle, it detected 97 percent of the malware samples we attempted to infect our Mac computer with. It easily identified Trojans, spyware and worms and ensures they don’t embed themselves on your system.
We wanted to check out AVG AntiVirus for Mac because it is one of two Mac security programs we tested that is offered for free. And we were impressed!
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus is a great security program and a good value since it comes with three user licenses for a decent price.