The best antivirus software 2018 for Windows 10 or later

The rise of internet-capable devices in everyday use changed our lives for good, but has given cyber-security experts a major headache. That’s where getting the best antivirus comes in.

Thankfully, in this arms race of sorts, you can keep your desktop and laptop safe with our list of the best antivirus services you can get your hands on in 2018.

The top 10 you can get today.

Bitdefender is a stalwart among the antivirus software and its Antivirus Plus 2019 is a product which goes beyond being merely “competent”.

For the its price, you get more than you ask for in terms of features. First of all, Bitdefender is well-known for its reliability in terms of zeroing in on any potential threat to your PC.

In this year’s edition, Bitdefender fortified its antivirus package with ransomware protection that identifies malicious behavior on time and prevents you from falling victim to this increasingly dangerous threat. Its already powerful antivirus detection engine is assisted by anti-phishing module and robust password manager which will make leaving your credit card number a stress-free affair.

For all of its advanced features, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 can be a bit of a resource hog which will sporadically chip away at your PC’s performance. If you have a powerful rig or you are not bothered by this, you are well advised to put your system behind the Bitdefender’s shields right now.

2. Norton AntiVirus Basic 2018

Norton Antivirus Basic 1 Year $14.99/year
Light on resources
Chrome extension can stutter

In addition to hunting down malware as competently as you would expect from this type of software in 2018, Norton Antivirus gives you a bang for your buck, with a price-value ratio that is among the most favorable ones in the market.

3. ESET NOD32 Antivirus

ESET NOD32 1 Year $39.99/year
Excellent detection and protection
No bloatware
Advanced features not for beginners
Interface takes getting used to

Recognizing the need to extend antivirus protection beyond the use of the web, ESET NOD32 Antivirus offers a dedicated device control module which prevents the spreading of infection from USB and external hard drives as well as from Fire-wire and Bluetooth-enabled devices.

4. Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

Webroot AntiVirus 1 Year $19.99/year
Light on your resources
Intelligent behavior monitoring
Requires internet connection

The reason for this is the fact that it is a cloud-based service, meaning that SecureAnywhere Antivirus requires you to stay online for the best results.

Yet, being lightweight does not mean achieving it at the expense of core and additional antivirus features. These include an anti-phishing engine doing its job in real time, intelligent behavior monitoring and anti-ransomware modules. All of this comes alongside highly reliable lab test results in terms of detection and removal of unwanted malware.

5. Kaspersky Antivirus 2018

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 1 Year $29.99/year
Simple to use
Excellent performance
Relatively basic feature-wise

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2018 is like a comeback album from a band discovering its roots with superb results. Back to basics for this antivirus service means excelling at the essential security tasks. Now, you can say that web and URL filtering, ever-watchful and reliable antivirus engine and intelligent behavior monitoring of malicious codes are typical today, but Kaspersky Anti-Virus shows its mettle by giving you the best performance in these segments.