To keep our testimonials relevant, we regularly update the information on all of the products we’ve tested. Once in 2-3 months, the staff re-runs in-house evaluations to be certain that the information is correct and up-to-date. Plus we often compare our results with those of top third-party testing labs.
By cross-checking the outcomes of various third parties, we develop a mean mark for each software/tool. You’ll find quick summaries of these tests in our reviews, providing you with the most important info in a succinct form (such as the way the products performed in a variety of tests).
In terms of our in-house evaluations, we use 20+ computers with different pre-installed operating systems, together with other instruments. It allows us to think of objective, average performance benefits. In general, we have more than 40 reviews of antivirus products like McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky, Bullguard, Panda, and much more.
Security and user-friendliness are the primary things in our focus. By analyzing these features, we determine whether the item is worth your while or not. To start with, we purchase the solutions rather than accept some free codes from the programmers (which enables us to remain objective).
Finally, our staff goes through the refund process to assess how it works. Just about all modern-day security software includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. We constantly take advantage of this guarantee and rate how easy it’s to receive a refund, how friendly customer support is, etc..
Our main purpose is to be certain that you get a product that’s both of high quality and will not damage your budget.
Here are some of the products we examine:
- Antivirus — main protection of your device (yes, not only a PC can get a virus)
- ID theft protection
- Web Shield
- Password Manager
- Tune-Up/Cleanup Tools
What Do We Assess In an Antivirus Software?
When analyzing an antivirus product, we look at:
- RTP (Real-Time Protection). Antivirus should detect online threats before they infect the operating system. The quicker it finds and removes known dangers, the better. Experts are calling RTP the very first and very important line of defense.
- Zero-day protection. We use the expression “zero-day threats” to explain malware which is not contained in any database yet. These are brand new, and in a lot of ways, cloud-based protection is the very best remedy.
- Phishing protection. Phishing attacks can occur when you go to a dangerous site or open an infected email. A nice security suit should have no problem blocking these.
- Anti-spam. This one is self-explanatory: by eliminating spam, you may keep your email safe and clean.
- Malicious URL protection. Unless the antivirus is capable of warning the users until they are going to visit a malicious site, hackers can cause a whole lot of harm and/or steal confidential data.
- Parental controls. These are for keeping your children safe from certain explicit articles online.
- Consider it as an extra layer of defense. Its principal focus is on the active network connection.
- System Impact. While most modern-day programs have a very low impact on system resources, this remains an important aspect.
- Password Manager. Some antiviruses include an integrated password manager. This tool protects your logins-password from keyloggers and helps to develop with more complex combinations.
How Can We Test Antivirus Products?
Now that you know which factors we consider when reviewing an antivirus product, let us have a quick look at how we test it:
- We purchase the program. As previously mentioned, this enables us to remain objective. We go through the full process and explain it in our reviews.
- We proceed with the installation process. Including choosing a package, downloading the necessary files, installing the software, and launch it. How easy is it to install the antivirus, does it have a high system effect, which platforms does it support? Those are a few of the questions we answer at this stage.
- The third step is the real-time protection. RTP is the most important factor in regards to anti-malware protection. We carefully test the way the antivirus deals with risks in real-time and compare our results to third parties.
- The Malicious URL test comes next. We intentionally open heaps of malicious URLs to test how the antivirus deals together.
- The Virus Download evaluation follows. We use a collection of malware samples to check the software’s capability to detect and remove any potential threats.
- Finally, we assess customer support. Is telephone support available, is there a live chat, how quickly does the staff respond? We answer these questions and more during the client support evaluation.
- User-friendliness. Intuitive navigation and a simple interface are also quite important. Together with the ease of use, we also check device compatibility.
- Pricing and subscription programs. We discuss the available packages, the differences between them, the organization’s pricing policy, and much more.
For us, it’s more important to conserve your money than to make some for us, although everybody has to pay the bills now, for us customer’s satisfaction is a top priority. Our team is always pleased to receive feedback from our subscribers.