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Norton Security Premium (2018)

recommended
76
Avg price

$84.99

Protection
8.5/10
Ease of use
5.4/10
System impact
7.6/10

Bottom line: Norton topped our test last year but has since been overtaken. It still provides very good protection from malware. It breezed through our web test, repelling all the malware and having no trouble detecting malware on a USB drive while online, but it struggled doing the same test offline. This software is the same product for both Windows and Mac. While it earned our recommendation for Windows, its Mac protection wasn’t as good. Available for up to three devices, this software offers protection from spam, phishing and ransomware.

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Kaspersky Internet Security (2018)

score
75
Avg price

$82.21

Protection
7.9/10
Ease of use
6.6/10
System impact
7.4/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer, OK to use and has only a minor impact on the system. It also has a good range of features including ransomware and banking protection and parental controls.

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Avast Free Antivirus (2018)

score
72
Avg price

$0

Protection
7.9/10
Ease of use
5.1/10
System impact
7.2/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer and has minor impact on the system, but it can be somewhat difficult to use. It also comes with a built-in password manager.

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Avast Internet Security (2018)

score
72
Avg price

$74.99

Protection
8.0/10
Ease of use
5.2/10
System impact
7.4/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is very good at protecting your computer and has minor impact on the system and it has plenty of features including banking protection and a password manager. But it can be somewhat difficult to use.

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ESET Internet Security (2018)

score
72
Avg price

$84.89

Protection
7.6/10
Ease of use
6.4/10
System impact
6.8/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer, OK to use and has a moderate impact on the system. It also comes with extra features like banking protection and parental controls.

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F-Secure Safe (2018)

score
72
Avg price

$114.99

Protection
7.7/10
Ease of use
5.7/10
System impact
7.2/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer, is OK to use and has only a minor impact on the system. It also has good features such as parental controls and a password manager.

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AVG Internet Security (2018)

score
70
Avg price

$79.99

Protection
7.7/10
Ease of use
5.4/10
System impact
6.9/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer and it has an email scanner. But it's somewhat difficult to use, has a moderate impact on the system and comes packaged with adware/greyware.

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AVG Free Antivirus (2018)

score
69
Avg price

$0

Protection
7.4/10
Ease of use
5.3/10
System impact
7.0/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer. But it's somewhat difficult to use, has a moderate impact on the system and comes packaged with adware/greyware.

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G Data Antivirus for Mac OS (2018)

worth considering
60
Avg price

$54.78

Protection
6.0/10
Ease of use
5.1/10
System impact
8.0/10

Bottom line: G Data Antivirus for macOS is the only security software for Mac we recommend. It has the highest protection score and one of the lowest impacts on system performance in our test for macOS. It did very well at detecting malware in our on-access test, not missing any of the malware stored on a USB drive while online. However, it did have room for improvement in our on-demand test, where it failed to detect any malware that was already running. Its user interface is clean and simple to use.

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Microsoft Windows 10 – Defender (2018)

score
60
Avg price

$0

Protection
6.0/10
Ease of use
6.0/10
System impact
6.4/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is OK at protecting your computer, OK to use and has parental controls. But it has a moderate impact on the system.

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Kaspersky Internet Security (Mac) (2018)

worth considering
58
Avg price

$82.21

Protection
5.9/10
Ease of use
5.1/10
System impact
6.6/10

Bottom line: This macOS computer security software is OK at protecting your computer and it has useful features such as banking protection and parental controls. But it's somewhat difficult to use and has moderate impact on the system.

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G Data Internet Security (2018)

score
57
Avg price

$54.78

Protection
5.5/10
Ease of use
6.0/10
System impact
6.8/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is OK at protecting your computer, OK to use and comes with extras like banking protection and parental controls. But it has moderate impact on the system.

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Norton Security Premium (Mac) (2018)

score
57
Avg price

$84.99

Protection
4.8/10
Ease of use
7.1/10
System impact
8.1/10

Bottom line: This macOS computer security software is easy to use and has very little impact on the system. It also has a good range of features including ransomware and banking protection and parental controls. But it's only just OK at protecting your computer.

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ESET Multi-Device (Mac) (2018)

score
53
Avg price

$119.94

Protection
4.8/10
Ease of use
6.0/10
System impact
7.4/10

Bottom line: This macOS computer security software is OK to use and has minor impact on the system, but its only just OK at protecting your computer. It does have some good features such as its own firewall and parental controls.

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Sophos Sophos Home (2018)

score
52
Avg price

$0

Protection
4.5/10
Ease of use
6.6/10
System impact
6.4/10

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is just OK at protecting your computer and is OK to use. But it has a moderate impact on the system and is lacking in features.

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