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your browser, or an in­stalled pro­gram gives hack­ers en­try to your sys­tem.

We’re not sug­gest­ing that PC se­cu­rity soft­ware is fool-proof. Antivirus soft­ware of­ten can’t do much to stop zero-day ex­ploits, for ex­am­ple. But it can de­tect when the undis­closed vul­ner­a­bil­ity is used to in­stall other nasty bits, like ran­somware, on your ma­chine. Any­one who ac­tively uses email, clicks on links, and down­loads pro­grams will ben­e­fit from an antivirus suite.

Our rec­om­men­da­tions strike a bal­ance be­tween ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion, a worth­while se­lec­tion of fea­tures, and min­i­mal im­pact on your PC’s per­for­mance. You can read about how we test antivirus suites be­low.

What to look for

Here are three re­quire­ments an antivirus suite needs: High de­tec­tion rate for mal­ware and other threats Low im­pact on sys­tem re­sources An easy-to-use in­ter­face

That’s not all to con­sider, how­ever. These days, many se­cu­rity suites come with ex­tras such as a backup ser­vice for your most es­sen­tial files, An­droid apps for mo­bile se­cu­rity, a more ad­vanced fire­wall, fam­ily pro­tec­tion (read: child re­stric­tion) fea­tures, and the right to use the pro­gram on mul­ti­ple PCs. Whether you need those ex­tras de­pends on your per­sonal sit­u­a­tion.

How we test

First, we take a look at the in­ter­face to de­ter­mine how easy or com­pli­cated it is. Does the in­ter­face

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