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1. Bitdefender Total Security 2018

Bitdefender Total Security 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 30 April 2018
  • RRP: $49.99 (1 year), $104.99 (2 years), $199.99 (3 years)

 

Bitdefender's Total Security offering for 2018 is a feature-packed product that's ideal for the security conscious, the family, and the traveller.

Included in the price tag for 5 devices (which can include Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS) you get all the usual protections, plus a password manager, a parental advisor, and a 200MB per day per device VPN.

Along with the usual file and system scans, there is a dedicated vulnerability scan that checks for outdated software and weak network passwords.

It also offers protection from new and emerging threats, such as ransomware. Ransomware has proven to be a huge threat, but Bitdefender 2018 uses a double-layer defence against the newest of its kind.

At the time of writing, Bitdefender was knocking £30 off the price of Total Security, making it seriously good value at just £39.98 down from £69.99. UK readers can take advantage of that deal here.

In the US, it's $89.99, and is available to buy here.

 

Read our Bitdefender Total Security 2018 review.

2. Norton Security Deluxe 2018

Norton Security Deluxe 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 19 February 2018
  • RRP: $49.99 (1 year), $109.99 (2 years)

 

Norton Security Deluxe is a slick product that has the feel of Symantec's impressive next generation business-oriented products. We'd highly recommend it.

It's discreet, benefiting from its parent company's technology and cloud support. Norton also makes a "100% virus promise" that an expert will keep your devices virus-free or your money back. Backing all this, the Norton Studio app allows you to control all protected devices from a single Windows machine.

You'll get Browser Protection included, as well as a password manager, Scam Insight and performance tools to help speed up your computer.

The price of this protection weighs in at £69.99/$97.95 for 5 devices, though hefty discounts are available throughout the year from the Norton website. At time of writing, it's £29.99/$49.99 for a year.

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Read our Norton Security Deluxe 2018 review.

3. ESET Internet Security 11

ESET Internet Security 11

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  • Reviewed on: 5 January 2018
  • RRP: $49.99

 

ESET has a deceptively simple interface that hides a genuinely impressive and detailed tool set. Delightfully affordable, it is among our favourite antivirus options for PC.

With a raft of features, it offers great value for money. The Syninspecter tool, for example, shows you a complete yet manageable rundown of your entire system's security status. There's also a social media scanner, anti-theft tools, a Home Network Protection tool, banking and payment protection and lots more.

One small downside is that there is currently no explicit ransomware module in the interface, however it does provide excellent protection from ransomware under the hood.

You can get ESET Internet Security for £39.99 here. If you're in the US, it'll be $49.99 from here.

 

Read our ESET Internet Security 11 review.

4. AVG Ultimate 2018

AVG Ultimate 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 25 April 2018
  • RRP: $99.99

 

AVG Ultimate is a solid security suite that's well worth considering. With unlimited installs, it's great value for families.

You'll get a file shield, web shield, a built-in firewall, a ransomware module and other layers of defence to keep your computer protected from all angles.

Plus, there are several types of system scan including a dedicated USB / DVD analysis.

An integrated password manager, VPN and driver updater are value-added extras, and also included in the price is PC Tuneup.

It's a sold product with a "next gen" feel. You can buy AVG Ultimate for £69.99 here or $99 here.

 

Read our AVG Ultimate 2018 review.

5. Kaspersky Security Cloud

Kaspersky Security Cloud

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  • Reviewed on: 10 May 2018
  • RRP: $89.99 per year for 3 devices

 

At first sight, there's little to choose between Kaspersky Security Cloud and Kaspersky Total Security. All the main antivirus tools required are in noth products, making them both options worth considering. 

What's significant about Security Cloud is that it contains patented adaptive security tech that automatically adjusts your settings based on your current activities.

It helps you detect unauthorised devices and dodgy websites, as well as helping you make stronger passwords and manage those passwords safely.

It can also help you avoide adware like browser toolbars, and you'll get mobile antivirus included.

At time of writing it's just £34.99/$89.99 for three devices for a year. The family option offers 20 accounts, and is £69.99/$149.99 per year.

You can find out more and sign up here if you're in the UK, or here if you're in the US.

 

Read our Kaspersky Security Cloud review.

6. McAfee Total Protection 2018

McAfee Total Protection 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 21 March 2018
  • RRP: $24.99

 

Total Protection is a big claim, and this product lives up to its promise on many fronts. With unlimited installs and a Virus Protection Pledge, you certainly get bang for your buck.

You'll find features including a Vulnerability Scanner that downloads the latest versions of your apps, in addition to its antivirus scanner and it web and email protection. There's also a password manager.

My Home Network gives you a thousand-foot view of your network, enabling you to see instantly if you have any unauthorised devices.

Get McAffee for £24.99/$24.99 here.

 

Read our McAfee Total Protection 2018 review.

7. BullGuard Premium Protection 2018

BullGuard Premium Protection 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 11 December 2017
  • RRP: $99.95

 

Designed to beef up protection for home networks, Bullguard Premium Protection 2018 has a network scanner to protect any internet connected device in your home, in additon to the expected malware detection, a vulnerability scanner and more feautres to help secure your PC.

An identity protection feature searches the web for leaked details, owhile a parental control module helps you keep an eye on your children's use of mobile devices.

There's a game booster to block popups and optimise CPU performance, as well as a PC tune up facility that will be useful to non-gamers too.

The interface is a bit on the technical side, with lots of scan types, options and settings, and there's no dedicated anti-ransomware module which is a shame.

It costs a reasonable £69.96/$99.95 for a whopping 10 devices. There are lower priced options available for less devices but they miss out on some features.

You can get BullGuard Premium Protection 2018 here.

 

Read our BullGuard Premium Protection 2018 review.

8. Avast Premier 2018

Avast Premier 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 27 April 2018
  • RRP: $79.99 per year

 

Avast Premier 2018 has a lot going for it, and is certainly user friendly, but we found that the constant opportunites to upgrade functinality you can get free elsewhere, plus the intrusive ads on the mobile version, make it look overpriced compared to rivals.

It's £59.99/$79.99 for one PC, which feels high considering what's not included. You won't get the password manager, cleanup tool or the AntiTrack privacy service.

You will, however, get a firewall, several scan types and a very welcome ransomware shield, as well as a file shredder and web protection tools, so despite the initial misgivings it is still surprisingly good.

Get Avast Premier for £59.99 here, or $79.99 here.

 

Read our Avast Premier 2018 review.

9. Avira Antivirus Pro 2018

Avira Antivirus Pro 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 18 June 2018
  • RRP: $29.99 per year

 

In addition to the usual malware scans and protection, Avira Antivirus Pro 2018 offers Home Guard to scan your local network and router for unauthorised devices and vulnerabilities, a Privacy Pal to scan your system for digital traces that could be used to track or profile you, a password manager, browser plugins to protect you whilst surfing the web and more.

However, there are lots of features you'll need to upgrade to the Prime version for, including performance features and a VPN, which is particularly confusing because they're described as 'Pro' versions within the app despite not being available within Avira Antivirus Pro.

That said, for just £29.99/$29.99 per year for five devices, the features you get included make this pretty good value for money nonetheless. You can buy Avira Antivirus Pro 2018 here.

 

Read our Avira Antivirus Pro 2018 review.

10. Total AV Pro Antivirus 2018

Total AV Pro Antivirus 2018

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  • Reviewed on: 23 May 2018
  • RRP: $39.95

 

Total AV Pro 2018 is an antivirus suite that shares many of its features with others listed here, plus some welcome extras. There are some features missing, though, and the renewal price is very high so we'd advise customers to watch out for that.

You'll be able to run a quick scan or a more in-depth system scan, and will also get system performance boosting, disk cleaning, web security and a password manager, all of which we found useful.

ID Protection monitors your web presence and is a great additional feature, but it's not currently available to UK customers, and there's no parental control or anti-theft functionality here. There's also no right-click scanning or shredding of files, and no explicit ransomware module.

The price for the first year compares well with rivals, at £39.95/$39.95 for three devices, and you can buy it on the Total AV website here.

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