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Antivirus Software: Ratings of Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. PCMag.com
Nov. 26, 2014
The Best Antivirus for 2015
by Neil J. Rubenking
Our AssessmentPCMag.com reports on antivirus protection offered by stand-alone software and multi-application security suites. Neil J. Rubenking puts security and antivirus products through several tests and reports on the percentage of rootkits, scareware and total malware they are able to defend against, with separate results for malware blocking and removal. Independent lab results are also taken into consideration, and top performers are identified in twice-yearly roundups. Here, Rubenking names the best commercial (paid) antivirus products for 2015, three of which earn Editors' Choice award.
2. PCMag.com
Dec. 16, 2014
The Best Free Antivirus for 2015
by Neil J. Rubenking
Our AssessmentUsing the same methodology as in its coverage of commercial antivirus software products, PCMag.com separately rates free antivirus software, with two earning Editors' Choice standing. Neil J. Rubenking notes some limitations in evaluating free products -- including the fact that test results from independent labs can be harder to come by, but notes that the top products -- even though they are free -- can do a competent job of protecting your computer from malware to begin with, or of removing even hard-to-kill viruses, etc., if they get through your other defenses.
3. TomsGuide.com
Jan. 20, 2015
Best Antivirus Software and Apps 2015
by Editors of Tom's Guide
Our AssessmentTom's Guide provides solid, ongoing review of antivirus software, including roundups, face-offs and single-product reports. Editors rely on independent testing labs to rate security features, but do their own testing to determine things like usability and system impact. Antivirus software is rated, and the best ones rise to Editors' Choice status. Top picks are listed here, and includes choices for the best paid and free antivirus and security suite programs for the PC and Mac.
4. AV-Test.org
As of January 2015
Detailed Test Reports
by Editors of AV-Test.org
Our AssessmentAV-Test.org, an independent IT security institute, tests consumer antivirus programs on Android-, Mac- and Windows-based systems. Programs are tested for malware protection, detection, performance and usability, with a separate score assigned for each criterion. The majority of products receive certification, but you can sort the list to find the very best performers.
5. Download.com
As of January 2015
Antivirus Software for Windows
by Editors of and contributors to Download.com
Our AssessmentDownload.com, a service of CNET, tests lots of stand-alone antivirus programs. Like many technology reviewers, Download.com doesn't always perform its own effectiveness tests, relying on independent lab tests instead. However, editors do judge the software's usability (installation, features, speed, etc.). Users can also chime in with their own opinions, and they sometimes differ significantly. Antivirus programs with the best expert and user ratings earn a Download Pick.
6. Download.com
As of January 2015
Antivirus Software for Mac
by Editors of and contributors to Download.com
Our AssessmentDownload.com also rates antivirus software for Macs. Testing appears to be done, but write-ups are seldom as detailed as they are for many Windows antivirus programs. User ratings are posted as well.
7. AV-comparatives.org
As of January 2015
List of Awards
by Editors of AV-Comparatives.org
Our AssessmentThis independent, nonprofit organization exhaustively tests antivirus programs' performance. Separate ratings are provided for different aspects of antivirus productions, including file detection, anti-phishing, real-world protection and more. Lots of products score well in one regard or another, but two rise to the top by earning the top Advanced+ award in all tests.
8. AV-comparatives.org
Aug. 29, 2014
Mac Security Review
by Editors of AV-Comparatives.org
Our AssessmentExperts at AV-Comparatives.org test eight antivirus programs on a Mac running OS X Maverick. Malware detection under both the Mac and Windows OS, removal of malware, user interface and other factors are considered. All but one perform well enough across the board to earn the site's Approved Security Product award, though some offer slightly higher protection levels and/or are judged easier to use.
9. Dennis Technology Labs
Oct-Dec 2014
Home Anti-Virus Protection
by Editors of Dennis Technology Labs
Our AssessmentDennis Technology Labs takes a different approach than most independent antivirus testing labs. They test a smaller sample, and subject them to conditions more closely resembling what users would experience, including exposing the systems to malware that was active on the Internet during the testing period. Standalone antivirus programs are tested, as are the antivirus component of larger Internet security suites. Three product rise to earn the lab's highest rating in its most recent test of home products.
10. Virus Bulletin
As of January 2015
VB100 Results Summary
by Editors of Virus Bulletin
Our AssessmentTo earn Virus Bulletin certification, an antivirus program must detect all viruses "during both on-demand and on-access scanning," with no false positives. Dozens are tested, and most major brands pass the testing criteria. As a result, Virus Bulletin is helpful for ensuring your chosen software effectively prevents malware, but it's less helpful for picking the best programs overall.
11. PC Advisor
As of January 2015
Anti-virus Reviews
by Editors of PC Advisor
Our AssessmentThis British website tests the latest security software, including a few stand-alone antivirus programs. Each product gets an overall rating, with sub-ratings for ease of use, features and value. Write-ups are thorough, explaining what each program is like to use.
12. Amazon.com
As of January 2015
Computer Security
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwner reviews are an excellent guide to issues that professional reviewers sometimes don't encounter -- such as system conflicts on a typical machine. However, reviews of the newest versions aren't particularly plentiful yet and most free versions aren't rated at all.
13. ConsumerReports.org
Not Dated
Security Software Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org performs testing of antivirus software but doesn't provide much in the way of details and struggles to keep up with the latest releases. Free anti-malware programs and paid security suites are reviewed.
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