There are numerous antivirus software available however only a select handful offer the speed, strength and other features you need to safeguard your computer. The best antivirus software employs an array of layers to detect and remove threats. This includes signature detection, behavior monitoring and artificial intelligence. This is crucially important for more sophisticated threats, such as ransomware, which may be difficult to detect using the use of a single method.

Our top picks combine high malware detection rates with an array of additional features, such as password management, VPN, cloud backup and dark web monitoring. They provide a variety of subscription options that can be tailored to your budget and needs.

Malwarebytes’ antivirus scanner is very efficient and low on system resources but still provides superior protection against all kinds of malware. Other features include a good password manager, a robust VPN and storage optimization tools. It’s available for Windows, Mac and Android.

Bitdefender’s antivirus software earned top scores from independent labs AV Test and AV Comparatives in 2022. It’s user-friendly and comes with a nice collection of extras such as banking protection to ensure secure online shopping, as well as parental controls to safeguard your children. It even includes a device finder to locate and remotely lock or wipe an unlocked or stolen mobile device.

Norton’s security suite is largely unchanged from our previous review. It’s still a great choice, with impressive malware detection. The additional features make up for its higher price. Its password manager, ad blocker and antispam are all excellent and offer great value with a plan that covers five devices.