In the age of the internet, it can seem like no information is safe. Between being tagged on Facebook, retweeted, shared, liked, photographed and uploaded, there are a million ways to become public information. And as time goes on, it seems as if malicious individuals have become increasingly ingenious in the ways that they manage to compromise computer security. That’s why, in a world of constantly evolving threats, we must find a dynamic and constantly evolving solution.
That is why it’s important to use an antivirus on your computer. Antivirus software can detect and prevent various types of threats coming at your computer in many different ways. They are constantly improved and updated to bring you cutting edge security against every new type of malware. But which antivirus is the best?
Two of the most popular antivirus programs in the world are Norton Antivirus and McAfee Antivirus. These two brands are trusted and used by consumers everywhere, from individual family computers to business-wide operations. And in order to help you narrow it down between these two antivirus software giants, we have compared them on the 4 most important qualities you need in a good antivirus software.
Probably the first question you’ll ask when you’re trying to decide between these two antivirus titans is “which one protects my computer from threats better?” If an antivirus doesn’t protect very well against viruses, it’s obviously not a very good investment.
When it comes to efficacy and protection, the better-performing antivirus software is Norton. They consistently rate higher than McAfee in metrics like real-time protection, manual scanning, virus removal, removable media scans, detection of spyware, and quality of updates. It also performs better in for anti-phishing. Part of the reason for this is that Norton uses one of the largest civilian virus databases in the world, which gives it comprehensive updates that will make sure your virus definitions stay up to date and cutting edge. Norton Antivirus will keep your system more secure than McAfee, and stays on the cutting edge more effectively.
-Robert L. Tabone
-Robert L. Tabone
When comparing two software suites, it’s important to make sure that you are comparing the most similar corresponding products. Both of these antivirus programs have a few different packages to choose from with varying features and prices.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice that both companies offer licenses that are tailored more towards businesses, which are good for more than one device. If you need an antivirus on more than one device, this will greatly influence your decision. It’s much cheaper to purchase the higher end stuff that is good for multiple uses than to purchase several licenses of a cheaper package.
With McAfee, the most basic protection is called “Antivirus Plus”. It will warn you before entering a risky website or potentially dangerous download, defend and scan to remove viruses and other malware, and keeps your online identity secure. You get free customer support for the duration of your subscription.
The next tier is “Internet Security”, which adds the True Key app to securely remember your passwords for you, an email spam filter, and a parental control option. Upgrading to the third tier, “Total Protection”, gives you access to data encryption for maximum security.
The packages available through Norton are Norton Antivirus Basic (offering the antivirus and online identity protection), Norton Security Standard (adding a firewall, rapid-response customer service, and a virus-free refund guarantee), Norton Security Deluxe (allowing for protection of multiple devices and a web portal to manage them all), and Norton Security Premium (which brings bonus family security features, data backup, and cloud storage).
One really important part of any antivirus suite is the how easy it is to use. For many people, poorly-designed interfaces are a dealbreaker. Even the best anti-virus does no good if it’s too hard to use.
As far as usability is concerned, there are several factors to consider: McAfee ranks better than Norton in ease of un-installation, and resource usage (RAM and processor power). Norton, on the other hand, is the better service in terms of easy initial installation, and intuitive user interface.
All in all, this makes Norton Antivirus the better of the two for usability. While it’s nice to have a program that doesn’t take so much of your computer’s resources, ease of uninstallation is only necessary when you’re getting rid of it. If you want an antivirus that is easy to use, try Norton Antivirus.
Arguably one of the most important things you’ll want to know about these two competing malware guardians is the price tag they come with. The quality of antivirus you decide to purchase might not be worth the extra money that you’ll be paying for it.
How much you can expect to pay for each piece of software depends greatly on which package you purchase. McAfee Antivirus Plus costs generally between $24.99 and $59.99. This is their most basic protection package. For McAfee Internet Security, you will be shelling out from $39.99 to $79.99. If you want to spring for the ultimate tier of protection, McAfee Total Protection, you will be paying between $49.99 and $89.99.
Norton Antivirus Basic is the lowest tier of protection available through Norton, and costs between $19.99 and $49.99. Norton Security Standard, the next tier up, costs between $39.99 and $69.99. If you upgrade to the Norton Security Deluxe, you will instead pay between $49.99 and $89.99. And finally, Norton Security Premium will run you from $54.99 to $109.99.
This may seem like a lot of money, but data security is no joke. Simply having your credit card information stolen could result in you losing much more than the price of an antivirus license. In order to find the best deal, shop around on the company site and retailers like Amazon. Either way, Norton offers the best payment options. It has both the cheapest plan and the most expensive, which is a wide range of flexibility between 4 packages as opposed to only 3 for McAfee.
All in all, Norton Antivirus is the all-around better antivirus software. It provides more plan flexibility, price flexibility, and higher quality performance. Norton brings to the table some great security features you won’t find anywhere else, and consistently outperforms the competition.