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In the current growing cyber-crime environment, a basic antivirus software is no longer sufficient to protect your devices. A good antivirus program should provide more than basic protection against malware. It might include a VPN or performance-enhancing tools, and password management. Also, you should look for an antivirus that is compatible with all operating systems and will not cause a slowdown or drain on your system’s resources.

The best antivirus software can detect and block a range of threats such as viruses, trojans and worms and adware rootkits as well as keyloggers. They also guard against phishing attacks, by checking for the presence of malicious websites and identifying fake or insecure links.

A majority of brands offer a trial evaluation of their software or a money-back guarantee. Many offer 24/7 customer service as well as a vast knowledge database online to help you to solve any issues.

If you’re in search of a reliable antivirus solution for Windows the most popular alternative is Microsoft Defender (which comes preinstalled on the latest Windows computers). It scores highly in tests by independent labs such as AV-Test or AV-Comparatives and is light and unobtrusive when used however it’s not at the same quality as premium standalone antiviruses.