Comparison: Which is the best antivirus for Windows devices, in 2017?

Antivirus products and security solutions in general, come in various forms, shapes, and sizes, and most of them include more than a few distinct protection layers. The number and variety of security solutions that are sold to Windows users are quite large and it’s difficult to classify them. We checked the best complete security products that are found on the market for Windows users, we reviewed them one by one and now we want to compare them using a long list of criteria that are relevant when deciding which security product is best for you. If you want to know how each antivirus product compares against its competitors, read this analysis:

How we compared each security suite for Windows

In our Security for Everyone series, we have reviewed all the major security suites that are available for Windows home users. We took a careful look at every feature each of them has to offer to their users. The things that we were especially interested in, are the criteria that we shared in this article: How to choose the antivirus software that's right for you.

In our opinion, the most important questions you should answer when evaluating a security product for Windows home users, are the following:

  • Does it include multiple layers of protection?
  • Does it offer reliable protection?
  • Does it negatively affect your computer’s performance?
  • Will you be happy with the user experience you’ll get from it?
  • Do you get support when you need it? What are the support options that are available for you?
  • Does it include tools that are important for your safety and privacy, things like parental controls, secure password management or a VPN service?
  • Finally, how much does it cost you? Is it expensive to secure all your computers and devices in your home?

We tried to answer all these questions and have compiled a big Excel table in which we compared all the important antivirus products for Windows.

Comparing the best antivirus products for Windows home users

We compiled lots of data for each antivirus product we’ve tested and we placed it all in the large spreadsheet embedded below. Feel free to browse and use it to gather the information you need. Don’t forget that you can also use its controls to display it in full-size.

You can also click on this direct link, to open the spreadsheet in a new tab in your web browser.

Conclusion

We’ve put quite a bit of effort into gathering all the data that’s found in the spreadsheet above and we hope that it will be useful to you. Check it out and let us know what you think. Do you agree with the criteria that we used for evaluation? Which security products do you consider the best for Windows home users and why? We would like to start a debate so don’t hesitate to share your opinion using the comments form below.