13 mistakes to avoid when choosing antivirus software in 2018

Monday 04 June 2018 News Emsisoft, Ltd.

With more than a quarter of a million new malicious programs being detected every single day, it’s painfully clear that everybody needs the protection of a good antivirus product.

However, choosing the best antivirus software in 2018 is easier said than done. From barebones products to feature-laden security suites and everything in between, there are so many options on today’s market that it can be difficult to know which antivirus software is right for you.

We want to make things a little easier. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up 13 mistakes to avoid when choosing antivirus software. So, sit down, write up a list of potential antivirus products and we’ll show you exactly how you can start weeding out the unsuitable candidates.

You can safely cross the antivirus software off your list if it doesn’t meet the following criteria…

1. Detection rates

When it comes down to it, the most important factor when choosing antivirus software is how well it can protect your system against both known and unknown threats. Given that there are so many vendors that can provide protection rates well above the 95 percent mark (for example, test products in a recent AV-Comparatives analysis scored a median of 99.95 percent!), there really is no excuse to go with a vendor that offers substandard security. Be wary of any antivirus software that consistently scores poorly on independent tests (more on this later!) and don’t hesitate to cross repeat offenders off your list.

2. Layered protection

As malware continues to grow more complex, it’s no longer safe to rely solely on a real-time guard that simply scans files for known threats. Instead, look for antivirus software that incorporates multiple layers of protection into its defense system. A web protection component, for example, can be useful for blocking connections to dodgy websites and preventing malware from touching your system. Emsisoft Anti-Malware takes the multi-layered approach to the next level by using dual scanner technology to maximize the chances of detecting and removing any suspicious software, and additionally incorporates a behavior blocker.