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Antivirus Software TrustMap
TrustMaps are two-dimensional charts that compare products based on trScore and research frequency by prospective buyers. Products must have 10 or more ratings to appear on this TrustMap.
WatchGuard EPDR (formerly Panda Adaptive Defense 360) combines next-generation antivirus protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), patch management, content filtering, email security, full disk encryption, and more, into one package. The platform touts a unique zero-trust…
Bitdefender GravityZone combines multiple security services into a single platform to reduce the cost of building a trusted environment for endpoints.
Symantec Endpoint Protection is the company's flagship antivirus / endpoint security product.
ESET provides Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) capabilities via the ESET PROTECT Platform, covering Windows, Mac, Linux, and both Android and iOS operating systems, providing Mobile Device Management functionality. It comes with multi-tenant management, ensuring real-time visibility…
CrowdStrike offers the Falcon Endpoint Protection suite, an antivirus and endpoint protection system emphasizing threat detection, machine learning malware detection, and signature free updating. Additionally the available Falcon Spotlight module delivers vulnerability assessment…
Sophos Endpoint Protection (Sophos EPP) with Intercept X is an endpoint security product providing an antivirus / antimalware solution that when upgraded with Intercept X or Intercept X Advanced provides advanced threat detection and EDR capabilities.
Fortinet offers FortiClient, their endpoint security system emphasizing automated advanced threat protection, security fabric integration, secure remote access, endpoint quarantine, and a comprehensive reporting dashboard.
Kaspersky Work Space Security is antivirus / endpoint security software from Russian company Kaspersky.
Webroot Security Complete (formerly under the brand name SecureAnywhere) is a suite of antivirus, multi-endpoint security and Internet security solutions available for home offices, and possibly small businesses with limited security needs.
The Trend Micro Endpoint Security platform Apex One (formerly OfficeScan) provides antivirus and malware detection, and endpoint visibility. The product suite can be extended with associated applications that cover mobile endpoint protection, endpoint encryption, as well as network…
A personal solution that combines backup and antimalware together to protect the user from today’s threats – from accidents to failures to attacks.
Cisco Secure Endpoint (formerly Cisco Advanced Malware Protection [AMP] for Endpoints) offers cloud-delivered next-generation antivirus, endpoint protection platform (EPP), and advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR).
Cylance, a Blackberry company since the early 2019 acquisition, developed their flagship business antivirus and endpoint protection software in CylancePROTECT, featured in business and home editions boasting artificial intelligence guided protection. BlackBerry Protect is a post-…
VIPRE (formerly known as ThreatTrack Security) is an antivirus solution, now part of J2 Global's portfolio of cloud offerings and applications since the February 2018 acquisition.
Avast offers their business class antivirus application, simply Avast Business Antivirus, which the vendor boasts as having a 100% malware detection rate and a centralized management platform to monitor threats network-wide across all connected endpoints, in editions for Windows,…
The Norton products, including Norton 360, Norton Antivirus, and Norton Security, are consumer antivirus and privacy protection products, and are now a product line of NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec) after the enterprise security division of Symantec was acquired and is now part…
Traps replaces traditional antivirus with multi-method prevention, a proprietary combination of malware and exploit prevention methods that protect users and endpoints from known and unknown threats.
Malwarebytes provides business class endpoint protection with multi-vector protection including application hardening, exploit mitigation, centralized endpoint management, and other features. Malwarebytes also offers security for home and small business.
SentinelOne is endpoint security software, from the company of the same name with offices in North America and Israel, presenting a combined antivirus and EDR solution.
Avira Prime, now from NortonLifeLock since the December 2020 acquisition, is an antivirus solution used to protect small businesses, a cross-platform and multi-device solution replacing Avira's legacy antivirus solutions (e.g. Avira Business, etc.) that will be phased out by December…
The VMware Carbon Black Endpoint solution (formerly Cb Defense) is an endpoint security and "next-gen antivirus (NGAV)" that uses machine learning and behavioral models to analyze endpoint data and uncover malicious activity to stop all types of attacks before they reach critical…
Acronis Cyber Protect integrates backup and next-generation, AI-based antimalware and endpoint protection management into one solution. Integration and automation in order to provide protection while increasing productivity and decreasing TCO. With its full-stack anti-malware protection…
Comodo Antivirus is available in a free edition, or paid editions with more advanced features.
What is Antivirus Software?
Antivirus software is a program or set of programs that prevents, searches for, detects, and removes software viruses, and other malicious software.
As the threats multiply and new viruses are created, virus software tools have to be constantly updated to keep ahead of new malware threats.
The threat has expanded greatly beyond just computer viruses. There is now a large number of different types of malware. This includes browser hijackers, ransomware, trojan horses, worms, adware and spyware, and other threats like spam and phishing attacks. To address the growing range of threats, many vendors are bundling their antivirus offerings with other security features to create comprehensive security packages across company sizes.
How Threat Detection Works
There are several different methods that an antivirus engine uses to detect threats, including:
Signature-based detection where a threat is compared to a database of known malware signature
Heuristic detection, based on analysis of characteristics often used in malware
Data mining approaches
Most tools function in a similar manner, by scanning files or directories for malware or malicious patterns. Scans can be scheduled and specific files can be initiated at will. Antivirus tools also remove any malicious code and clean up anything that requires attention after the virus has been removed.
Antivirus Software Features & Capabilities
Malware detection and removal
Automatic Virus Updates
Antivirus Software Comparison
To compare different antivirus products, consider these aspects of the software:
Types of detection offered: there are a variety of methods to detect and block malware. Some of the most popular methods include signature based, which catches malware from a preestablished list, as well as watching for predetermined signals that content may be malware. More niche methods include sandboxing, which tricks malware into activating outside your network, and data mining. WHile most antivirus software covers the main methods, some more specialized users, such as service providers, may require extra detection methods.
Security Suite vs. Standalone: While there are some standalone antivirus offerings, most antivirus capabilities are components of broader Endpoint Protection or Security software packages. Very small businesses or contractors may only need standalone antivirus, but most SMBs, and all enterprises, will require broader endpoint security features like firewalls, Endpoint Detection and Response, and Data Loss Prevention.
Ease of Management: Antivirus software varies in the amount of management and user interaction it requires. Some products are fully automated and vendor-managed, while others allow, or require, more user input and interaction. If an organization does not not have a dedicated IT team, or a team of one, it will be more important to use a product that requires minimal maintenance post-implementation. Reviewer feedback will provide a gauge of how much long-term management a given antivirus software will require.
Free antivirus software is usually designed for personal use, and lacks many of the more developed features tailored for business use. Pricing for business-level antivirus software is usually by device by year, and prices vary from $20-30 to several hundred dollars, depending on the number of devices supported. Some vendors also offer different pricing tiers depending on specific services and capabilities offered to each license seat.