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.
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.
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.
Avira ranks high overall for malware protection from third-party testing labs, though we discovered a couple issues during our testing of this program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ESET Cyber Security Pro didn’t do as well in our in-house detection tests as it did in other independent laboratories.
Panda Security struggled a bit during our malware detection tests of the best antivirus software. It detected 97 percent of the 300-plus malware samples we used, but moving the malware to quarantine took several steps.
Avira Free Security Suite is our choice for the best free antivirus solution. It did better detecting and blocking malware than other free antivirus programs we tested, catching 98 percent of all threats.
Review Renee File Protector is a standard encryption program, with a focus on giving you control over your passwords.
File Encryption XP is barebones encryption software that is fast, but it complicates the encryption process a bit with some extra steps compared to other programs.
CryptoForge version 5.2.1 has the strongest and most secure encryption algorithm out there, 256-bit key AES, making it a secure file encryption solution. This software is simple to use, though it does lack in security tools.
Kruptos 2 Professional data encryption software lets you choose to secure all your files with a single, master password, or create individual keys for each file. We encrypted 63 files that totaled 128MB in under 30 seconds.
Espionage 3 is good file encryption software and one of only two solutions we reviewed that is compatible with Mac computers and laptops – the other being Concealer.