Comparative Antivirus 2019 : what is the best antivirus ? Eight services on the test bench,

Antivirus programs have always been a part of the gear basis to be able to use a computer safely. Over the years, these programs have gained in efficiency by following the evolution of the virus ever more sophisticated : the classic malware, spyware, adware, and methods of phishing, there are now more and more common ransomwares, cryptomining, and trojans bank that are in full resurgence.


If from Windows 8, Microsoft has decided to integrate its anti-virus home (Windows Defender, formerly Microsoft Security Essentials) rather effective for the general public, putting an end to the fake antivirus and to the argument of the Mac more secure than Windows, the level of protection offered by an antivirus expert still recommended, in particular in the framework of a professional use.


What are today the main players in the market of computer protection ? Most of the big names such as Avast, Avira, Symantec (Norton), McAfee, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender are always the main options. But to inform your choice, we’re going to go reviews different criteria such as the efficiency of detection of threats, the impact on the performance of the machine, or different related features provided by each software.


To perform this comparison and determine which is the best to this day, we are going to rely on the very precise measurements of the testing agencies independent AV Test and AV Comparatives. For this test bed, we are exclusively focused on anti-virus pay-for offering total protection :


Bitdefender Total Security


Bitdefender – 69,99€/year, 5 devices


Norton Security Deluxe


Norton Security Deluxe 79,99€/year, 5 devices) promo 49,99€


McAfee Total Protection


MCAfee Total Protection – 89,95€/yr promo 44,97€


Avast Premium


Avast promotion at 69,99€ in promotion 55,99€ for 1 unit


AVG Internet Security


AVG – 59,99€/year devices unlimited


Kaspersky Total Security


Kaspersky Total Security – 69,99€/year, 1 device


ESET Smart Security Premium


ESET – 69,95€/year, 1 device


F-Secure Total


F-Secure Total – 79,99€/year, 3 devices


In recent years, all antivirus software have done great work on the detection of malware to the point that their performance is excellent and nearly identical. The results of AV-Comparatives indicate that Bitdefender, F-Secure and Trend Micro stand out above the rest with a level of protection assessed at the 99.9% level in all three cases. Avast and AVG appear to be 99.6%, and McAfee for 99.4%.


On the side of AV-TEST, Bitdefender is the winner of all the tests of protection effectés for over 7 years an average score of 5.95 is/6, to Kaspersky with eur 5.89 in the second position, and Symantec (Norton), who closed out the podium with a score of 5.80. In other words, Bitdefender is the antivirus software is judged to be the most effective by two independent agencies, in the long term.


It is interesting to point out that Bitdefender, Kaspersky and ESET) have been the precursors of a mode of analysis called “proactive” to identify new unknown viruses from the virus-based monitoring files and software in use. What are scan engines heuristics that use machine learning algorithms provided by the cloud, to recognize the fragments of the codes and behaviors of malware is already known in the past, and thus identify new threats before it is too late.


As A comparison, we can indicate that the free solutions are far from being ridiculous. Avira, Avast and Microsoft display of scores respective of 99.7%, with 99.6%, and 99.1% according to AV-Comparatives. It should be noted the excellent progress of the score of Microsoft since the update to Fall Creators Update, which has reinforced Windows Defender new tools of protections developed that make it more effective than in the past.


From a performance perspective, the use of an antivirus software has always been subject to criticism. Many are those who remember a huge drop of performance from their machines or compatibility issues with devices after you have installed a antivirus (Norton for example) there are a few years of this, to the point of being reduced to the uninstall to find a user experience that’s correct.


Here, too, the different actors of the computer protection have struggled to make their software much more efficient than before, and the results are there. According to the experts at AV-Test, again, it is Bitdefender that stands out and takes the first place with an average of 5.81/6 since January 2013. The rest of the classification is the same as for the evaluation of the protection, with Kaspersky in 2nd position with 5,73 points, followed by Symantec (Norton) with 5.20 projected points.


Use, Bitdefender actually appears to be especially discreet. The analysis of files is totally transparent and very fast, and uses very little of the available resources of the machine. After several trials, the analysis of Bitdefender is limited to using 40 Mb of available RAM (8 Gb in this case), much less than the browsers Chrome and Edge…



False positives are situations in which the antivirus is a parsing error in detecting and blocking a file that it considers malicious in error, since it is in reality harmless. At this little game, the’anti-virus to be more accurate according to AV-comparatives is Kaspersky, with simply no false positive statement. Among the virus selected for our comparison, Bitdefender has only 2 false positives, and ESET 4. On the other hand, false positives are much more frequent for McAfee with 16 errors, and 35 errors for F-Secure. Windows Defender is clearly lagging behind in this area, with not less than 106 false-positive, the highest number of comparative from AV-Comparatives.


The rays of the ” extras “, the suites are a blend of ingenuity to offer innovative features. Many other features are offered, such as a password manager (Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Avast in its Ultimate version, ESET, F-Secure), the protection of online payments (Bitdefender, Kaspersky, ESET) and even a monitoring of the connected objects of the house (ESET, F-Secure) or webcam (Bitdefender). Norton even offers 25 Gb of secure storage in the cloud.


We can especially focus on Avira, which offers a VPN free and independent, limited to 500 Mb/month. Kaspersky and Bitdefender offer a built-in, both of which are limited to 200 Mb per day and per device. Norton also threw himself into the adventure with Norton Secure VPN and offers on this occasion a bundle of one-year with the VPN limited to a device for 20 euros extra monthly.



In the Face of its competitors, it is clear that Bitdefender has won (or almost) on all the tables. In France, Bitdefender is one of the antivirus vendors the most important with a share of 40.3 % of the market share in value early in the year 2019, ahead of Kaspersky (35.5 %) and Norton (27.5 per cent). A worthy place since Bitdefender is the best antivirus existing, as demonstrated by the 3 annual prizes awarded by AV-Test that he is the only one able to boast of having, and which are consistent with the points previously mentioned : better protection, better performance and better reparability.



In addition to its excellent efficiency, it is also one of the few to offer the protection for 5 devices in its base formula to 69.99 euros, where most competitors charge each additional device mobile (Android or iOS) including. It stands out also thanks to several features related welcome, such as a VPN (200mb per day and per device are available), the protection of the webcam, a parental control and a password manager, as well as tools hard disk clean and optimization of the functioning of the computer equivalents to CCleaner Professional.


All offers


Bitdefender – 69,99€/year, 5 devices, Norton Security Deluxe 79,99€/year, 5 devices) promo 49,99€ MCAfee Total Protection – 89,95€/yr promo 44,97€ Avast promotion at 69,99€ in promotion 55,99€ for 1 unit AVG – 59,99€/year devices unlimited Kaspersky Total Security – 69,99€/year, 1 device ESET – 69,95€/year, 1 device F-Secure Total – 79,99€/year, 3 devices

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