Many antivirus programs scan for malware and viruses. The top antivirus programs also provide real-time protection, which monitors suspicious websites, suspicious links and other unsavory behavior. They also scrutinize the documents you download and watch their behavior to spot new threats that aren’t yet identified. Today, the best antivirus software should be able to detect and remove ransomware. Certain products accomplish this through Sandboxing. This is a process whereinfected encrypted files are put in a separate area of the operating system to be tested before being allowed to affect the rest of the system.

The best antivirus suites make use of very little system resources and are quick to run. They don’t just scan for viruses and malware but also guard your privacy by encryption of emails and monitoring social media sites and ensuring that online banking and shopping is done using secure connections. Some suites also include other useful tools like a password manager and shredder for files. They also offer online security to ensure that your purchases are safe.

If you decide to use a premium program, ensure it covers the devices and operating systems you’re looking to safeguard. Many of the top options are compatible with all major platforms including Windows PCs (3 out of 4 laptops and desktops), macOS, and iOS. Some of the more advanced paid antivirus programs are compatible with Android devices. However, you’ll need to check each company’s site for specifics. Some vendors will provide physical copies of their product in electronics stores, however most will provide you with a code to use when downloading the program from their website or app store.