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The internet is where you can get a lot of things – new shoes for the season, a new dress for a certain occasion, a Christmas gift for a loved one and yes, the nasty computer virus and all others like it. These evils can not only cause harm to your device, but also wreak havoc in the form of a data breach. But luckily, there are antivirus programs you can get which serve as your defender as you browse through the web.

But with the many antivirus software available, which one should you choose? For this post, we’ve narrowed your choices to Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017, Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2017.

Protection

All three antivirus programs do a good job of keeping your PC protected, but Bitdefender offers a lot more. You can think of Bitdefender as a security suite because it adds other features such as a password manager, a secure browser to use for financial transactions and a permissions-control monitor to prevent ransomware from altering important files.

Norton features a basic malware scanner that uses signature matching to detect potential problems on your computer. There’s a Community Watch feature that you can turn on which gathers threats from systems and continually provides updates to subscribers.



Kaspersky offers anti-phishing protection as well as website screening and bootable Rescue Disk creation. While other editions of Kaspersky offers more features, the standalone antivirus program has enough to keep a system safe.

Performance

While Bitdefender may be praised for its additional features, it does perform rather slow during full-system scans – and that can be a deal breaker for some. In an age where everything needs to move fast, there’s a segment that won’t like Bitdefender’s sluggishness.

Kaspersky, on the other hand, has a fairly quick full-time scan and an even faster quick scan.

Usability

In terms of looks, Bitdefender is still sticking with the black-and-grey feel but has an additional left-hand sidebar which provides access to other features. Despite the program’s half-size window, lots of details are provided without crowding the screen.

Kaspersky also maintains its white, green and grey interface. Since there are different editions of the Kaspersky antivirus software, features that you’re not allowed to access are greyed out. While the arrows are useful, they are not present in every screen and an X is there instead. It would have been nice to have some consistency in the design to not confuse users.

Norton’s interface will tell you potential problems straight up. Green highlights means your system is secure while red highlights signal danger. Boxes for Security, Identity, Performance are available with Security being the default category which shows when the last scan was performed as well as the last time the software was updated.

Conclusion

These three antivirus software packages are guaranteed to keep your device protected through 2016 and all the way to 2017 when they will all be scheduled for another upgrade. While Kaspersky and Bitdefender have features that will surely attract users, Norton has some good qualities as well and is a pretty good defender.

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