If you’re a PC user, having an antivirus is almost always a necessity.
But which antivirus is the best? Here’s my vote for the best antivirus and anti-malware applications in 2017 for Windows computers.
Best Antivirus: BitDefender
In my opinion, BitDefender offers the best free and premium antivirus applications for Windows in 2017. BitDefender Free Edition has everything you’d want in a free antivirus: hassle-free installation, easy-to-use and simple interface, quiet and unobtrusive, lightweight and optimized, and strong threat prevention. It’s a top-ranked antivirus that consistently gets rated as one of the best antivirus programs by security companies each year.
Many people can feel safe with the free edition, but if you’re less tech-savvy and want the peace of mind of having the most complete protection for your Windows computer then BitDefender Total Security 2017 is a solid choice when you want a premium antivirus. It gives you everything you need to keep your computer and data protected if you don’t know much about safe computing and safe web browsing.
Best Anti-Malware: MalwareBytes
MalwareBytes is a free anti-malware program that every Windows user should have installed. The free version features an on-demand scanner that does a great job at finding and removing malware such as worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware and other threats that can slip by your typical antivirus program.
It’s a smart move to have this installed as a second line of defense along with your main antivirus program. You can run a weekly scan to make sure your system is clean. They also offer a premium version for just $24.95 per year that can be used for real-time protection and scheduled scanning to keep you fully protected without worrying about scanning manually.
More Tips to Stay Safe
- Don’t install software from random websites. If you install software, make sure it’s from a trusted source.
- Avoid Internet Explorer. Use a more secure web browser like Chrome orFirefox. Also consider an adblocker.
- Don’t click on links or pop-ups. If you encounter links, hover your mouse over them to preview and verify the destination. If it looks suspicious, don’t click.
- Don’t visit sketchy or unsafe websites.
- Don’t install toolbars. Consider using Unchecky.
- Don’t click on links in emails or download attachments from un-verified sources.
- If you see something like “OMG watch what happens when this fight breaks out!” on Facebook, don’t click it. Just don’t.
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