Antivirus is like the WBC in our body which protects us from different types of diseases and allergies. An antivirus certainly protects the system from virtual threats, unwanted codes (viruses), spyware, malware and more. Basically, it protects your confidential data from potential hackers and cybercriminals.
When it comes to comparing anything, irrespective of the items in comparison – they are judged based on some compelling factors. Items with similar traits and functions can be compared in order to know which is the best of them, using these factors.
Today, we are comparing 3 excellent antiviruses namely: Bitdefender, McAfee, and Norton. Undoubtedly, each of them has excellent features and functions, and maybe a few drawbacks too which could be ignored compared to the benefits.
We will discuss in detail about these 3 based on the compelling factors that we talked about earlier. We will also discuss these antiviruses and how they perform with respect to various factors.
These factors define their worth as well as their reliability. So let’s get started:
The performance of the antivirus shouldn’t affect the performance of the system in any way. This includes system slowing down, using more system resources during scan and more.
This is one of the major deciding factors to determine whether the antivirus is good or bad. You wouldn’t be able to run any other program due to the same reason which is the worst drawback for any antivirus.
Bitdefender: Bitdefender aces in independent tests, excellent scan time and virtually the system will not experience any lag. All this is a bonus to the system with another notable point that the virus protection from Bitdefender is excellent.
Norton: Norton is known for consuming system resources while slowing it down during scans. However, it flushes out any virus which could escape during quick scans.
McAfee: McAfee is one of the leading antivirus software developers in the industry with better scan time and good protection against threats. Moreover, this antivirus doesn’t affect the system performance during any type of scans.
- Ease of Access
Ease of access consists of the user interface, installation, navigation through the application and more. This is pretty much equal when compared to all 3 antiviruses.
Though there are a few differences in how the user interface looks, the functions and features along with the navigation are quite easy in all.
Bitdefender: Bitdefender offers the updated 1-click set up, remote monitoring, widgets, single email address contact and control and an excellent rescue mode.
Norton: Norton is more of a website-controlled software, where you can use the portals for maintenance scans and system updates.
McAfee: McAfee offers a more intuitive design and can be controlled via any device as long as they are in sync with the antivirus.
Like performance, features also play a major role, and so, it is important to compare them too in choosing the best antivirus. Features offered here could mean something as simple as a small tool like a system cache cleaner or something as big as a cloud management service.
So, let’s check out the excellent features of all the 3 antiviruses. The purpose of the antivirus also plays a role here since it can be for personal or official use.
Bitdefender: Bitdefender provides a wide range of impressive features like cloud anti-spam, IM protection, USB drive protection, optimization tools and more. These features are the most advanced in the industry, and Bitdefender provides them to all their premium users.
Norton: Norton has limited features with excellent virus protection. Some of the noticeable features are mobile app scanning and device locator in case of theft.
McAfee: McAfee has a special feature to delete files permanently in case of theft and a back up can be initiated for mobile users. Wi-Fi protection, remote system lock, and anti-theft tools are some of the other tools offered here.
- Repair and Cleaner
An infected system needs to be repaired since there are corrupt files in the OS and a cleaning is required once those unnecessary files are removed.
An antivirus should effectively handle this job else it is not fit to be one. Repairing a corrupt OS via an antivirus could be difficult but it is possible.
How well do these three perform against it? Let’s find out.
Bitdefender: Bitdefender aces in independent tests and that doesn’t change for infected PCs. It is still in the same position in this case too. It handles any situation and provides the necessary repairs and cleanup.
Norton: Norton, as I mentioned earlier, consumes a lot of resources during a system scan and it really flushes out everything that is corrupted in the OS. A complete repair and cleanup is done by Norton no doubt, but with the consumption of a lot of resources.
McAfee: McAfee has two types of scans, quick which uses fewer resources and is more productive, and the other one is the full scan, which takes a lot of time, uses a lot of resources and can sometimes slow down the PC while the scan is running, but rest assured, it cleans away every unimportant or threatful file and protects your system to the best of its ability.
We cannot ignore this important factor in any way. Pricing also matters since not everyone will opt for the expensive pack, as it is not necessary, while some do, due to their business or personal requirements.
All these antiviruses fare well in this section since they all are in a similar price range.
Bitdefender: Free version of the software has tons of options compared to the other two and it tops the charts only for that reason. However, the premium version is in the range of $59.95 for 3 devices in total.
Norton: Norton offers a better deal with $59.99 for 10 devices with limited features in the free version of the software. This is not a bad deal if you are just starting a business.
McAfee: McAfee offers one of the best deals here with unlimited devices for $59.99 which is ridiculous in my honest opinion. None can beat that competition given that they should be able to provide an ample amount of support for those unlimited connections, otherwise it would all go vain.
Here, just a little knowledgeable stuff will be mentioned with troubleshooting capabilities; 24/7 support is all that is needed to ace this factor.
Bitdefender: Bitdefender has the most exclusive virus encyclopedia along with excellent email support, which is more or less self-help. People prefer using this mode more than traditional customer support.
Norton: A good Q&A section along with phone and live chat support is offered by Norton. Pretty old school but it still is in the industry thriving for a reason.
McAfee: McAfee offers live chat and phone support. However, there is something called “pay and use advanced technical support” offered by them for more pressing or complicated issues.
|Ease of Access||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent|
|Repair and Cleaner||Top Notch||Moderate||Excellent|
|Pricing||Quite Expensive||Quite Reasonable||Unlimited Plan|
|Support||Top Notch Self-Help||Excellent||Excellent|
This was all about the three antiviruses and to conclude, we can say, each of them has advantages and disadvantages.
However, we personally found Bitdefender to be the best given that it has aced most of the tests and factors. And we need to consider the fact that the differences between them is what defines them.
So, analyze and choose what you find best for yourself.