Top Ten Antivirus 2011

The competition for Best Top Ten Antivirus 2011 gets in to the next round. As we presented the Top Ten Antivirus article a few months ago, now it is time to test drive the Top 10 Antivirus programs 2011. As the threat to PC security increases day by day through different and new forms of viruses and malware, it is important to know and understand various types of threat levels. Earlier, viruses were written and spread by some hobby computer enthusiasts just for the sake of fun.

Today, different types of viruses exist which are programmed by superior programmers to damage computer security systems and gain access to sensitive data on computers. These new viruses can be way more damaging to a computer as compared to the conventional viruses written in past. The new forms of viruses are written to compromise mass computer systems and infect as many computers as possible. Virus code writers program their virus codes to spread infection automatically from one computer to the other and then release their virus codes over the internet. This results in millions of computers getting affected from that virus. Only a good, fully tested and regularly updated antivirus software can block such wild viruses.

You may be aware of some variants of malicious software – virus, rootkits, adware, malware, worms, exploits, trojans, spyware, micro viruses, parasites, retro viruses and many other new types of malicious programs. Such programs can be really bad for your computer and PC security. In the year 2005 to 2006 the virus threats increased from under 3 million to more than 4.3 million. In year 2007, virus threats on the internet increased from 4.3 million codes to more than 9 million codes. In year 2008, total number of threats increased from 9 million to more than 16.5 million. This is the reason why a fully tested antivirus software is a must have software on every computer today. If you are looking for a solution that includes complete security solution (with firewall, antispyware, antispam, etc) then don’t forget to check our article on Top Ten Internet Security review.

With the growing number of virus threats, it is important to be safe than sorry. If you are thinking of purchasing a good antivirus software to protect your Windows computer or Mac computer, there may be a few questions on your mind:

  • Which is the best antivirus to buy for 2011?
  • Which is the best antivirus program for 2011?
  • Which Antivirus program can provide the best protection for one whole year?
  • As virus code writers are implementing better virus technologies, which antivirus companies are doing good on their part to fight against these different virus technologies?
  • How are they making their antivirus scanners better and which different techniques are they implementing in their antivirus software for 2011 releases?

To strengthen our analysis and research, we tested leading antivirus software to give you appropriate view and comparison on all leading antivirus and security products for 2011. We literally infected our lab computer to test antivirus capabilities and tested different leading antivirus software for their ability to detect and remove some of the high risk virus codes and malicious scripts. Check the Top Ten Review of 2011 Antivirus down under, that can help you make your decision to buy the best antivirus software for the coming year and stay protected from the worst viruses and malicious codes.

As an Important note – In our Top Ten Antivirus Review for 2011 programs, We also tested some of the best known free antivirus programs. Unfortunately, none of the free antivirus software made their position in the Top Ten Best Antivirus Rating. Even some of the top premium antivirus software included in our list didn’t pass a few tests. Generally up to ranking position 7 are recommended antivirus software for 2011 but antivirus on top positions (BitDefender Antivirus 2011, ESET Antivirus 4 and Norton Antivirus 2011) are highly recommended for PC data protection.

1. BitDefender Antivirus 2011

bitdefender antivirus 2010Softwin’s BitDefender Antivirus 2012 is the best in Top Ten reviews ranking. This is because of its features, handling, settings, protection rate and easily understandable menus. As we tested the BitDefender antivirus on our lab computers and first off, we found the menus extremely helpful. Configuring BitDefender antivirus 2011 for best results was a breeze. Even the folder where BitDefender Antivirus 2011 moves the infected files was also found easily. In our lab tests, none of the other antivirus software were that easy to install and configure for best results.

The most important features of BitDefender Antivirus 2012 include protection against viruses with the leading technology in security industry. It provides multi-layered proactive protection against new and unknown threats. It also includes antispyware for protection against spyware threats, protection against phishing i.e. online banking security. The special Game Mode and Laptop Mode are couple of very good features for gamers and laptop owners. It reduces load on resources while playing games online and consumes lesser resources on laptops. Another cool feature is that it keeps conversations on instant messengers like Yahoo instant messenger, MSN messenger and Skype or any other Instant Messenger highly secret, so that no one can spy the users. Bit-Defender 2012 antivirus also provides top protection to the Local Area Networks (LAN).

In our lab tests, Bitdefender antivirus found and deleted all viruses successfully. The rootkits, malware and spyware tests were also 100% successful. With very good real-time protection, BitDefender Antivirus 2011 runs over 30% faster than their 2010 version. Active Virus Control for stealth viruses has also been tweaked and improved in the 2011 version of Bit Defender antivirus. To help the novice users Bitdefender antivirus 2012 has three different user profiles – Novice, Medium and Expert user.

These further increase the ease of use for every user. The profiles can be changed any time to a different level in the settings. Our comprehensive lab tests proved that Bitdefender takes the first place in our Top Ten Antivirus Review. With a very competitive price and 3 PC’s license BitDefender Antivirus 2010 is our favorite and an Absolute Recommendation for all. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of BitDefender antivirus 2011 by clicking the image above.

BitDefender Antivirus 2011 compatibility:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)

2. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0

eset nod32 antivirus 2010Small, efficient, effective, very fast and easy to Install. This is how ESET Nod32 Antivirus 4.0 can be described in easy words. The ESET NOD32 antivirus is very effective. It is directly comparable to Norton’s or Bitdefender’s Security levels. The heuristic scan engine of NOD32 antivirus is Number one in our tests. The heuristic engine is a very important function in an Antivirus, it detects the viruses before the signatures of these new viruses are reported any where. Despite heuristic engine the scan rates of the ESET NOD32 Antivirus were one of the fastest in tests.

The Business Edition for Enterprise companies from ESET NOD32 Antivirus is among the best one available in the market. The Business Edition for companies include all standard features of protecting the systems from high risk virus, malware and rootkit threats. It also includes different features for Hosts like All web traffic Monitoring, which includes protection for SSL encrypted channels like POP3, POP3S and HTTPS. The Business Edition of ESET NOD32 antivirus can be bought for any number of users from one user license upwards. This is the number one antivirus for business users!!

ESET NOD32 antivirus offers a laptop mode which consumes less resources on laptops and can be further optimized to run less processes in background on notebooks. ESET Nod32 also includes heuristic analysis scan, which works VERY fast and thoroughly. ESET antivirus provides data protection for your hard disk, email protection and it also has the option to create the recovery CD or recovery USB stick in recovery mode. In ESET NOD32 antivirus review we found that the latest technologies like ThreatSense-Engine, Virusradar and ThreatSense used by ESET are very helpful .net (Dot Net) technologies to fight the virus threats. These are one of the most effective and most efficient technologies available today.

Eset NOD32 also includes gamer mode to avoid interruption while playing games and also to compensate less resources during game play. The updates are sent through internet lines once a day on an average. Despite using different new technologies and different approaches to scan the systems for potential threats the scans and live protection are extremely fast and also the software in itself is Very Stable (may be this is the reason why ESET NOD32 Anti virus is the fastest from all antivirus software).

The installation of ESET NOD32 Antivirus is easy and the software package is the smallest as compared to other antivirus software. With all these features like gamer mode, laptop mode, good understandable user interface, recovery cd – usb stick and very small size, makes ESET Nod32 antivirus very effective, very fast and a stable software. ESET NOD32 is one of the very high quality products. In our top ten review for 2011 antivirus ESET NOD32 2011 Antivirus takes the 5th position. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 by clicking the image above.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 compatibility:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)

3. Norton Antivirus 2011

norton antivirus 2010The Key Features in the Norton Antivirus review for 2011 are, it blocks high risk viruses, blocks spyware through integrated spyware protection, protection from trojan horses, worms, bots, and rootkits. The other important feature to win the race to Top Ten Antivirus review 2011 is regular updates every few minutes for up-to-the minute protection. Also, the intelligence-driven technology for faster, fewer, shorter scans is a wonderful technology that avoids system overload.

The best features of Norton Antivirus 2011 are the advanced protection features like “guarding against web attacks that exploit software vulnerabilities” and “stop threats with the help of advanced antivirus techniques”. Also, pulse updates or streaming definitions are two good features being used by Symantec to react to the latest viruses very fast. Using this technology, antivirus software is updated with new definitions in 3 to 5 minutes, cutting down the reaction time.

In our lab tests, Symantec Norton Antivirus 2011 found all viruses including spyware and other trojan horses that we installed for testing purpose. The point to highlight here is that Norton Antivirus 2011 found all the active and non-active rootkits and malware and it deleted them very safely. Only the worm Mytob created some problems for Norton Antivirus 2011. But as we tested using different methods, Norton was able to delete Mytob worm too. During the test we also found that configuring Norton antivirus is easy even for an average user.

All settings are properly organized in different sections which makes it easy for an average user to configure the antivirus software for best results. Norton offers different products for home users, home office users, business users and enterprises. Norton security is an ideal software for all user groups, home based and business computers. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of Norton antivirus 2011 by clicking the image above.

Norton Antivirus 2011 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit)

4. Trend Micro Antivirus Titanium 2011

Trend Micro antivirus 2010Trend Micro is among the best antivirus software like Norton, BitDefender, Kaspersky and more. Trend Micro antivirus Titanium 2011 comes in different versions for different type of users. From home users to Small business users (5 to 100 users) and from Medium Business version (100 to 2500 users) to Enterprise Business Editions (2500+ users) are available. The features and security in all versions is same, just only number or users (licenses) increases with the business editions of Trend Micro Antivirus 2011. Like the top three antivirus software, Trend Micro antivirus includes a spyware blocker and email scanner for scanning emails in real-time. The “Proactive intrusion blocking” and “Protection against rootkits” are also included in the antivirus package.

In Trend Micro Antivirus Review the 2011 version is power packed with a very solid security system for Windows Operating Systems. The antivirus and the antispyware, both scanned the webpages for spyware or viruses very reliably. The email checks were also very positive and TrendMicro found all threats successfully. Even the instant messengers were also secured by the Trend Micro antivirus. The installation of Trend Micro antivirus 2011 was a breeze, the updates against the new virus threats are regular and frequent. The protection level of the Antivirus is very high, as Trend Micro is continuously enhancing their security technologies for home users and enterprise users since very long (since before 2000). During our lab tests, Trend Micro Titanium 2011 antivirus and antispyware recognized virus threats successfully, deleted active virus components and deleted all inactive components of malware and different Rootkits. The interface is not particularly very self explanatory to new users. In total Trend Micro Antivirus 2011 shown a good overall performance and achieved 4th position in our Top Ten antivirus 2011 review. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of Trend Micro Antivirus 2011 by clicking the image above.

Trend Micro Antivirus Titanium 2011 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)

5. Kaspersky Antivirus 2011

kaspersky antivirus 2010Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 is one of the most selling antivirus software online. Kaspersky has made its name with years of hard work in the field of PC security. In the 2011 version of Kaspersky antivirus, the Kaspersky Labs were again able to prove their name for security by implementing intuitive techniques. As compared to BitDefender Antivirus 2011, the Kaspersky Antivirus has also implemented the protection for instant messengers (IM) like Yahoo instant messenger, MSN IM, Skype IM or any other instant messenger. The Gamers Mode is another good feature which works very reliably and does not slow down the system. Another feature that Kaspersky Labs worked on is to tweak the resources hunger of the Antivirus 2011, now it consumes at least 17% less resources as compared to the last version. The Antiphishing Module of the Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 works also very good to protect users online banking. The Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 displays the urls (URL Advisor feature) in different colors.

In our Kaspersky Antivirus lab test, we found that Kaspersky antivirus 2011 interface has been tweaked for more clarity and understanding. The navigation menus are very clear and easy to configure. Even a novice user can easily configure it for best results. Kaspersky antivirus 2011 found all virus and malware codes that we installed for testing purpose. It successfully found all the dangerous codes, scripts and viruses we installed to test Kaspersky antivirus 2011. We had no problems in deleting the viruses.

Kaspersky Labs is world’s leading company in finding new threats 24/7 online. Regular updates in very short intervals make sure that as soon as new viruses spread out on internet, the Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 is updated very fast to block them. Features of the 2011 version are: improved identity theft protection, protection by disabling links to malicious websites, hijacking protection and protection from dangerous codes. The virtual keyboard feature provides safe banking while protecting users from key-loggers.

The only reason Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 is at 5th position in our list, is because of its False Positives. Since Kaspersky antivirus 2011 power packed with advanced features, it sometimes give wrong virus alarms. However, for its advanced security algorithms and advanced protection, it is among the top antivirus software. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of Kaspersky antivirus 2011 by clicking the image above.

Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 compatibility:

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)

6. AVG Antivirus 2010 version 9.0

AVG Antivirus Pro 2010With AVG Antivirus 2010, it is possible to protect the computer in regular mode (Live Protection or Real time Protection) as well as in offline mode (Manual scan). AVG Virus Scanner has almost same features as above candidates like automatic updates (daily basis), heuristic scans, instant messenger protection, email protection, browser protection, boot CD – USB stick, phishing protection, link scanner (Like McAfee Site Advisor), anti spyware and anti rootkit. In Top Ten antivirus review AVG Antivirus 2010 made a good overall appearance. The Virus recognition rate was higher than the free available antivirus software.

The Rootkit detection and deletion also worked 100%. The malware Detection of 2010 version, in AVG Antivirus review, AVG did not find a few of the worms and it was also not able to delete completely from the system a few of them. The installation was easy and the interface is understandable after a few times of using the antivirus. The installation of AVG Antivirus 2010 can take up to half Gigabyte (500 MB) of space on the harddisk. AVG also integrated a GAME Mode for the gamers for using less resources and less pop ups during the game play.

Although AVG is not the best one in antivirus Top 10 review, but it is really way better than nothing or the free antivirus software. AVG also needs to fine tune the antivirus 2010 on the system performance and system resources, it makes the system a little slow after installation. With all its features, functions and security AVG Antivirus 2010 gets 9th place in our Top Ten review. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of AVG Antivirus 2010 by clicking the image above.

AVG Antivirus 2010 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000

7. F-Secure Antivirus 2010

f-secure antivirus 2010The F-Secure antivirus 2010 protects your data from high risk viruses, worms, malware, spyware and other malicious codes. As the CyberCrime is increasing rapidly, the manufacturers of antivirus software are developing new techniques every day for your computer’s data security. F-Secure implemented various latest technologies to protect computers from different types of threats. The Deep Guard technique implemented by F-Secure is one of the best available techniques today. In the computer world, the Heuristic Scan engine of F-Secure is said to be the best. The Instant Data Protection (DeepGuard) against new threats is very effective and able to react very fast against the viruses which are not very common yet and no updates for them are available yet.

In our lab tests, we found that F-Secure slowed down the computer a little bit after installation. F-Secure offers same features like other antivirus software: heuristic scan, email protection, antispyware, enhanced virus protection, automatic updates, phishing protection (Online banking security), antispam protection, instant messengers protection and regular updates on daily basis. In our lab tests, f-Secure antivirus proved that it does the job successfully. It achieved one of the top scores in finding and recognizing the viruses. The files scanner as well as the live protection both achieved 100 points in our tests.

F-Secure 2010 antivirus recognized all viruses, deleted the malware and even removed the inactive malware successfully. Antivirus F-Secure 2010 was able to recognize all active and inactive rootkits in our top 10 review, it also deleted them completely from the system without problem. F-secure takes the 6th position in our Top Ten antivirus review. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of F-Secure Antivirus 2010 by clicking the image above.

F-Secure Antivirus 2010 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (all Editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home, Pro, Media Center Edition (32bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000

8. McAfee Antivirus 2010

mcafee virusscan 2010 antivirusMcAfee is one of the oldest players in the field of computer security. McAfee Antivirus 2010 is using a technique called In the Cloud Scanning. This technique sends suspicious files from the computer where McAfee Antivirus is installed, to the McAfee’s Central. McAfee analyzes these files and reacts accordingly. McAfee says this technique as “Revolutionary Active Protection technology”.

Many Antivirus companies are using this method and similar techniques to React Faster to the Newest Viruses. But many people don’t like to send information from there computers to companies like these, not every one is interested in telling these companies which programs they have installed on their computers. Despite the antivirus manufacturers promising as always that they don’t use this information for any other purpose than analyzing and finding the newest threats to react faster to the viruses before they can spread widely and the gathered information is 100% anonymous. Other than McAfee Antivirus, other companies like F-Secure, Trend Micro and Panda antivirus are already using such techniques to protect computer users from new virus threats.

In our lab tests and Top Ten review tests McAfee Antivirus 2010 was able to find all the viruses, malware and rootkits without any problem. McAfee Anti virus was also able to delete all the found active and inactive threats. The Spyware detector worked well on the test system and found most of the known threats. Features like email protection, instant messengers protection and automatic updates (Everyday basis) completes the McAfee Antivirus 2010 test. The Silent Mode is interesting for the gamers and the Laptop Mode is also there to maximize the battery life using less resources. Heuristic Scans are also there for the deep virus checking.

The product McAfee VirusScan Plus includes a firewall with antivirus. It protects your network traffic from virus, spyware and malware threats. The main reason why McAfee fall down in Top Ten Reviews ranking is because the Scan Engine of McAfee Antivirus 2010 marked some of the system exe files as Viruses (False Positives) and it moved them to Quarantine. We tested these system files (like winvnc.exe) with different methods and it was 100% sure no virus threats in that. Out of these few small incidents McAfee Antivirus 2010 gave solid performance and it was also fast enough (not too disturbing).

In McAfee Virus Scan Plus Antivirus Review it proved that the 2010 edition of McAfee Antivirus has the options to satisfy a novice as well as an Expert. The Installation itself was very easy and the Interface of the Mc-Afee anti-virus 2010 is self explanatory. With all these different techniques and good practice experience, McAfee antivirus achieved 7th Place in top-10 review with 94.2 points. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of McAfee Antivirus 2010 by clicking the image above.

McAfee Antivirus 2010 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (32bit)

9. G Data Antivirus 2010

GData AntiVirus 2010G Data is actually a mixture of two antivirus, Avast and Bitdefender Antivirus. The technologies used by Avast and Bitdefender are implemented both together in the G Data Antivirus. But the problem as always with the implementation of two Antivirus at the same time is, it goes on the cost of system resources. Even if G Data is saying on its website that no time loss, in G Data Antivirus review for the 2010 product it was slowing down the windows operating system recognizably. Also a big problem the G Data till now is the false positives (if two different antivirus are used there are obviously false alarms), but this problem G-Data tried to solve with its own developed technique Whitelist. As the name makes it clear it makes comparison with the lists on G Data servers to give less false positives.

This technique worked good in the G Data antivirus 2010 edition. Also to make the 2010 edition faster as compared to the G Data antivirus 2009, they implemented a special central service in the new version. “ScanServer” makes it possible that in testing the files they do connect to scan server so that not two simultaneous scan engines needed, which reduces the Memory.

A new technique called “FingerPrints” is also implemented in the 2010 G Data Antivirus, it helps to jump the files which are already scanned once and are not changed since last scans, to improve the total performance of antivirus. In Top Ten review G Data Antivirus 2010 technique Fingerprinting proved what it is capable of. In the second scan, process of the same files (more than 10,000 files) G-Data took less than 10 seconds!! This is astonishing good performance, but it can be good for only those who scan for the second time.

The first time scans are still not that good as compared to the other reviewed candidates. The performance though is way better than the 2009 edition of G Data antivirus. G Data was able to improve its 2010 edition of antivirus software in almost all of the fields as compared to the 2009 version but still the main problems with the Browser and the Boot times of the operating system.

In our lab test, G Data antivirus 2010 has one of the highest detection rates for malware, viruses and rootkits. It deleted successfully all found threats. The German Based G Data company has really tried to make a better product with new developed techniques (and older improved techniques) like fingerprinting, whitelist, one click interface, central service scan engine, background protection function, cloud security, behavior blocking, heuristic scans, antispyware, antiphishing, anti rootkit, minutes ticking updates, email protection and instant messenger protection. In Top Ten Antivirus Review for 2010 antivirus software, G Data antivirus 2010 landed on the 8th place with 93.8%. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of G Data Antivirus 2010 by clicking the image above.

G Data Antivirus 2010 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)

10. Panda Antivirus 2010

Panda Antivirus 2010Panda uses the earlier mentioned cloud technique in the 2010 edition of Panda Antivirus. Panda protects the computer as an all in one protection system using features like virus protection, spyware protection, phishing internet security, rootkit protection, email security, instant messenger security, automatic updates (daily based, thanks to the cloud technique for less updates), browser protection and TruPrevent technology to recognize viruses even before new antivirus definitions are available through updates (behavior recognition).

The USB Vaccine technology developed by Panda protects the autostart function of windows when USB-Sticks or CD ROMs infected with viruses are attached to the computer, from getting the system infected, which in Panda Antivirus Review did not worked properly and the infected files were transferred from USB-Stick to computer. Antiphishing filter did worked good in Panda Antivirus review though. Also the other identity theft technologies are very good implemented by Panda (Antitrojan engine for Banking).

The rootkit protection did its job very good in finding the rootkits as well as in removing the active or non active rootkits. The malware remover did over all a good work as it found 99.98% of all viruses and Trojan horses that we installed for testing purpose, and it removed them also successfully. But in this case again the dead rests of the malware were left on the system, which in our Top Ten rankings is scored negatively.

Panda Antivirus 2010 is not obviously the fastest one, but it shows good performance and consumes less resources. The memory usage is also less as compared to the older versions, thanks to the tuning done by Panda. The False Positive alarms rate is also very good, as Panda antivirus 2010 gave one or two false positive alarms in the complete top ten antivirus review. The TruPrevent technique was also only about 50% successful to prevent the early virus outbreaks.

The technology is very new yet, Panda will have to work on this technique to get better results. In the end we can say good basic virus protection with need of improvement in the new technologies. In Top Ten antivirus review 2010 Panda antivirus received 89.7% scores and 10th place. Don’t forget to check the details and latest price of Panda Antivirus 2010 by clicking the image above.

Panda Antivirus 2010 compatibility

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit – 64bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000

Test Criterias used for Top Ten Antivirus Review:

  • Price
  • Regularity of Updates
  • Usability
  • Real protection rate (found Viruses)
  • Features
  • Installation, De installation process
  • Supported Operating Systems
  • Installation Size
  • Sytem Resources – Performance
  • Boot time
  • Boot CD – DVD
  • Spam Filter

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