We get asked a ton what anti virus software is the best for their computer and our reply has always been Avast for home use and Trend Micro for commercial or business use, especially for those networks with Windows servers.
For windows 10 and below, the Avast anti virus program is one of the best performing anti virus applications out there that will protect you better as seen in this review: http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-8/
So Why Avast Anti-Virus?
Avast outshines so many of its competitors that it wins our kudos for best anti virus protection for home use. It is inferior to no competitor when it comes to its ability to seek and destroy malware – whether the malware is known or a recent variant. It does not slow a computer to any measurable degree. Furthermore it does not make mistakes when it decides which files are safe and which are malicious.
Avast includes more features than some others in its product category. For example, some of Avast’s competitors lack anti-phishing and automatic detection of removable media. There is even a free version you can use and quite highly recommended, although the paid versions have more features.
You would know by now if you get a crippling virus, you can lose everything! Avast will take care of the nasty viruses or PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) that are trying to get to your info and knock them out. As far as it’s usability and functionality it by far outweighs the competition and we can’t really see a reason to use any other.
Trend Micro for Business Use
Trend Micro has been our solid recommendation for well over a decade for commercial or business anti virus protection. Trend Micro provides comprehensive, high-performance endpoint protection to Windows servers, PCs, laptops, workstations and even visualized desktops. It has been optimized with architecture that out-performs the competition on CPU and network utilization.
Trend Micro even has Active Directory integration and a centralized visibility and control console to assist in the administration of protecting the network’s resources. Those all important endpoints are protected on or off the corporate network against viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, ransom-ware, and new variants as they emerge.
In the end it’s your decision on how to best protect yourself, your family, or your commercial assets such as your workstations and servers. We would ultimately use nothing else for ourselves or our business.
A great guide on what actually determines a virus is a virus check out the Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus