You need anti-virus and there is a load of advice online about which to buy. Who can you trust?
Some anti-virus reviewers know what they are talking about. Others don’t. Some are just in it for the money. How can you tell which reviews are worth your time?
How to choose anti-virus for your PC and your family
Most people believe that you should run anti-virus on your PC. Independent security experts, governments and every computer journalist on the planet promotes this advice. And they are not wrong. There is no doubt that installing anti-virus is one of the most important things you can do to keep your computer and its data safe.
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Not all anti-virus is equal
But not all anti-virus programs are equal. This is because the bad guys are always changing how they attack. Anti-virus companies must keep up and update your software to block them. Some companies are better than others at tracking the trends. As we mentioned last month, even independent security experts stop short of helping you decide which program to use. So how do you decide?
The simple answer is to check our website. Our home endpoint security reports are all you need.
(‘Endpoint’ is the name the security industry uses for PC anti-virus software).
But you may choose to look further. This guide will help you sort the useful reviews from the misleading ones.
TIP: We don’t expect everyone to read through every anti-virus report that we produce but it helps to check the headlines in the most recent one or two.
With a quick glimpse you can see which are the front runners. Then you can decide what to buy, based on these details and other important details such as price.
What about other reviews?
Given that you might want to look further than SE Labs for advice on anti-virus (
), where else should you go? The safest option is to visit websites belonging to well-known, professional anti-virus testers. There are only a handful, and most are members of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization. AMTSO tracks tests from members and notable non-members.
Beware fake reviews
Not every anti-virus test is worth your attention, though. While we applaud enthusiastic amateurs getting involved in the security world, sometimes home-made tests are unintentionally biased.
It’s like trusting your friends down the pub (or on social media) to give sound advice on vaccine technology or investing …….