The best Windows 10 antivirus software

Many users are concerned about which antivirus is best for Windows 10. Today we will try to solve this challenging task using an independent laboratory AV-TEST , information from user reviews, and expert evaluations.

The second part of the article focuses on evaluating and studying free antivirus software solutions released or modified for Windows 10. The first part reviews the most famous commercial solutions for home computer protection against all threats. Unfortunately, there are only some tests for paid antivirus software for Windows 10, so you will have to analyze them based on your preferences and evaluation of other users.

1. McAfee – best corporate antivirus software

McAfee is an antivirus software that had a difficult period with a damaged reputation due to aggressive promotion methods. But in 2019, it offers powerful tools to protect the Windows operating system, so developers no longer have to add it to installers of other products. Instead, users choose McAfee themselves and get a high level of security.

Like other market leaders, McAfee key activation provides an all-inclusive subscription format: VPN, PC performance optimization components, home network protection tool, secure password manager, file shredder, firewall, and, of course, the antivirus itself. But the most interesting is the family subscription format (you can secure your whole family at once, no matter what devices and operating systems your loved ones are using).

2. Avast — best antivirus for PC

Avast — is the most popular antivirus software. It offers even more features than some paid competitors. In addition to the standard scanning modes, its list of features includes network security tools, a firewall, a secure sandbox (for secure program testing), password and card data protection, and other features.

Even though many features of Avast license key, including continuous cloud protection, you get for free, you have to pay extra for some options: VPN service (not available in Russia), anti-tracking security and emulation of digital fingerprints in the network, leak protection, driver update tool, optimization and cleaning utility, secure browser. These are all standalone products from the same Avast developer.

Avast recently acquired its main competitor AVG antivirus. Their distribution model, license fees, and related functionality are almost identical (only the names differ). Some will be familiar with brands like Secure VPN, TuneUp Utilities, AVG Driver Updater, etc. All of them are owned by AVG and are now used by Avast.

3. Windows Defender — basic antivirus from Microsoft

Windows Defender — is a built-in antivirus for Microsoft operating systems. Previously, it was known as Microsoft AntiSpyware and came separately (you had to download and install it manually). Now Windows Defender is available in all system versions out of the box. It is enabled by default, but when you install a third-party antivirus solution, it is automatically turned off not to duplicate functions and burden the system.

“Windows Defender” offers mostly basic features to secure the system: several scanning modes with varying degrees of depth, a firewall, and parental controls. But since its first release, Windows Defender has become much more functional: there is account control, isolated browsing (a unique sandbox for running suspicious applications), protection against exploits, reputation-based protection (valid for visited sites and downloaded files), system kernel virtualization, regular checks of PC operation, ability to reset operating system to factory defaults, etc.