Names of Antivirus Software Programs

by Francine Richards

Everyone who accesses the Internet needs computer protection. Through no fault of your own, a virus can invade--and possibly destroy--your computer. Installing antivirus software on your computer, which scans your system for threats and removes them as necessary, is essential for the health of your PC. There are several well-known, effective and affordable antivirus software programs available.

Norton

Norton AntiVirus is among the best-selling and well-known antivirus software. Basic Norton AntiVirus 2010 is available as of summer 2010. It costs $39.99 for a one-year subscription, for one PC. After one year, the subscription is renewable. Many desktops and laptops come with pre-installed trial versions of Norton AntiVirus. This program offers basic protection against viruses, automated scheduling to run the product, and analysis of all downloads for viruses. Updates of the software are available as free downloads online, and the application tells you at-a-glance how many days are remaining on your subscription. In addition to Norton AntiVirus, Norton offers more enhanced antivirus products such as Norton Internet Security and Norton 360. These products offer further protection for your computer network and advanced identity protection.

Kaspersky

Kaspersky Lab produces antivirus software programs such as Kaspersky Antivirus and Kaspersky Internet Security. Purchased separately or as a bundle, Kaspersky software has hourly signature updates, threat protection, identity theft protection and advanced security using real-time analysis of websites. Kaspersky has a variety of pricing options based on the number of PCs and years you will need the product. Kaspersky Antivirus is available for $59.95 for one year or $89.95 for two years installable on up to three PCs.

McAfee

McAfee is a company name that is familiar to many business owners. Popular for large-scale business usage, McAfee also makes products for home use. McAfee Total Protection is $59.99. Per the McAfee website, the 2010 version of the software is eight times faster than the 2009 version. McAfee Total Protection combines the features of other products such as McAfee Antivirus Plus and McAfee Internet Security.

About the Author

Francine Richards is a licensed multi-state insurance agent with years of human resources and insurance industry experience. Her work has appeared on Blue Cross Blue Shield websites and newsletters, the Houston Chronicle and The Nest. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Maryland.

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