We know the safeguards built into Microsoft Windows 7 are better than those found in Windows XP, but not as good as they are in Windows 8. We also know Microsoft's motivation to include progressively better security in each new Windows operating system is to provide a base-level of protection for inexperienced users who try to get by without installing third-party security software.
If the topic of cyber security interests you, we invite you to learn more about antivirus software. Most XP users will upgrade to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8. Let's concentrate on the best: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Norton AntiVirus. For more information, we invite you to read articles about antivirus software for Windows 7.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Norton AntiVirus do what antivirus products are supposed to do: defend your computer from malware incursions. They can also identify and immobilize new security risks.
If you are tempted to use only the basic security that comes with Windows 7, please realize that, by design, it will always lose to the likes of Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton in third-party tests. How products perform in objective tests is one of the most important things to consider when you look for antivirus for Windows 7 software. Two other important considerations are the software's features and the company's help and support. Let's consider these buying criteria a little more closely.
AV-Test, a German security software testing lab, looks at performance in terms of software's ability to protect against malware, detect and eliminate existing infections, and the software’s overall usability. During summer 2013 tests, AV-Test results showed that Norton AntiVirus is better than Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Kaspersky Anti-Virus in terms of usability. However, Norton did not do as well as Bitdefender or Kaspersky at repairing pre-existing infections. Bitdefender and Kaspersky both beat Norton in tests designed to measure security software's ability to protect computers from malware infiltration.
While you examine the features of antivirus for Windows 7 software, it helps to focus on the essentials. Is it easy to install and use? Does it block malware that attempts to attack your system via web browsing, instant messaging, email or USB thumb drives? Can you schedule scans to run during times when you are not using the computer? All of these questions relate to key features.
Help & Support
All three of our top recommendations for antivirus software for Windows 7 provide support via live chat, telephone and email. These vendors understand the importance of providing outstanding help and support, and they make appropriate investments to maintain good reputations in this area. Some lesser competitors do not provide all three methods of support.
Don't settle for Windows Defender in Windows 7. Yes, it is better than XP's security, but that isn't saying much. Even though Microsoft enhanced security in Windows 7, it did so only to better protect people who refuse to spend money on third-party virus protection for Windows 7. Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton are all excellent options for Windows 7 internet security. Choose your favorite and don't look back.
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