Antivirus Performance Comparison

They can be anything from the theft of your hard disk space to accessing your private information and draining your CPU. There are numerous anti-virus programs available to guard your gadgets from these problems. It is important to select an anti-virus that has minimal impact on the system performance. All of our antivirus software is tested against this aspect. The results depend on how long it takes each application to complete an operation. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, for example had a background impact of just 6% when performing a full scanner, while ESET had an effect of 12 percent.

Avira is a German-based company. Avira is well-established in our tests and consistently performs above the 90% mark in all three categories – Performance, Protection and Usability (False Positives). Its user interface is friendly and provides a wide range of functions, including a clever firewall as well as a variety of privacy tools. Avira subscriptions are charged monthly instead of for a fixed 1-3 year period. This makes it easier to cancel your subscription or modify it at any time.

A relatively new name in our tests, Essentware – which was previously known as PCKeeper uses the Avira engine underneath and generally scores pretty well across the all the tests. The interface and performance are both simple to use however, there are some stability issues such as scanning jobs freezing which have reduced the score. The detection was great and a flawless run of the certification sets was rewarded with VB100.