In a constantly growing cybersecurity climate it’s no longer enough to secure your devices with a basic antivirus program. A high-quality antivirus suite should offer more than just basic malware protection. It might include a VPN as well as performance-optimizing tools, and password managers. It’s also important to find an antivirus that will work across the various operating systems, and will not hog your system resources or slow down your computer.

The best antivirus programs can effectively block and detect various dangers, including viruses worms, trojans, ransomware, spyware, adware, rootkits and keyloggers. They also shield against phishing attacks by checking for the presence of malicious websites, as well as identifying fake or insecure links.

Many companies offer a free trial of their software or a money-back guarantee. Many also provide 24/7 customer support as well as a comprehensive online knowledge base to help you fix any issues that occur.

Microsoft Defender is the most popular antivirus software for Windows (which is included in newer Windows computers). It scores well in tests conducted by independent labs like AV-Test and AV Comparatives and is comparatively light and non-intrusive to use however it’s not at the same degree of sophistication as premium standalone antiviruses.