Public vote: The best antivirus product for Windows, in 2017

Our team at Digital Citizen has reviewed security products for Windows since 2009. In our reviews, we do our best to identify those products which provide effective protection against malware, network attacks and other types of threats, while being easy to use even for novices who know nothing about computer security. For the second year in a row, we want to talk about the best antivirus products on the market and, to start the conversation, we need your vote. To make things even more interesting, we also have ten prizes for those of you who participate:

IMPORTANT: The public vote ends on February 27th, 2017. If you haven’t voted yet, do so now, so that you are included in our giveaway with 10 surprise prizes.

Which are the best antivirus products for Windows in 2017?

If you have read our “Security for everyone” series, you noticed that we gave our highest rankings to only a few products. They are, in alphabetical order, the following:

Bitdefender Total Security 2017 offers one of the best antivirus engines in the world, as well as a top of the line firewall module and a whole range of useful additional tools, like solid parental controls, a secure file shredder or anti-theft features. One of its most useful novelties is the Wi-Fi Security Advisor, which checks the security of the wireless networks to which you connect to and lets you know if they are insecure.

BullGuard Premium Protection is a friendly security product that is more than capable of protecting you against all kinds of cyber-threats. It looks good, it works well and it has a very affordable price tag. Also, its firewall module is quite effective. This product doesn’t pack any new and innovative features like other security suites do, but it’s a very well rounded product that delivers all the security basics that you expect.

ESET Smart Security Premium offers a great antivirus engine and a very good firewall module, as well as a good looking user interface. This year, ESET has introduced a Home Network Protection feature that shows a map of your network and all the devices that are part of it. With it, you can also audit your router’s settings, from a security perspective.

F-Secure Total Security and Privacy 2017 has a very minimalistic user interface, with little in terms of advanced configuration. This product is mostly targeted at users who don’t want to fiddle with advanced configuration features and want their antivirus to do the decision making for them. One of its most impressive extra features is the F-Secure Freedome VPN service which has been evaluated by some experts as one of the best and most secure VPN services available on the market. What’s even better is that this service is included in the price you pay for the security suite, with unlimited traffic.

Kaspersky Total Security 2017 is one of the best security suites we’ve tested, packing very efficient antimalware protection that’s able to detect and clean even the nastiest malware infections. Their product includes many extra tools that offer additional layers of protection like automatic software updates, data encryption, a secure file shredder, parental controls and a newly added VPN service.

Trend Micro Maximum Security 2017 is one of the best security products you could buy for people with little technical knowledge. It’s very simple to use due to its user interface design that any beginner can relate to. It’s most important security features are the very reliable antivirus engine, a solid web shield which keeps you safe from online threats, and the very small negative effect this antivirus has on your computer with Windows.

If you would like to learn more about these products, their features and the differences between them, we recommend that you read this Comparison: What is the best antivirus software for Windows devices?.

Also, if you would like to know more about how we evaluate each security product individually, read this article: Security for everyone - How we review security products.

Vote for the best antivirus product of the year

Please use the form below to cast your vote. You can choose only one product from our list of the best security products of the year, as identified by our editorial team. Pick the best product based on your experience with the security products that are finalists in this campaign or based on the data that we have shared in our reviews for each of these products.

When voting, please provide your real name and email address. We will use this data for extracting the winners in the giveaway that will take place at the end of the public voting stage. We are going to use this data only to make sure that we can contact you and give you your prize, in case you are one of the winners.

If for some reason, you can’t see the embedded form above, you can view it in your web browser, by following this link. Please cast your vote by Monday, February 27th, 2017.

Surprise prizes for those of you who participate in the public vote

We will announce the winner of the best security product of the year, as chosen by our readers, on March 1st, 2017. At that time, we will also extract the winners of our giveaway.

We don’t want to influence this public vote so we won’t announce the prizes that we will be giving away. We can say only this:

  • We will give prizes to a total of 10 people who will be randomly chosen from the list of voters
  • We will give away licenses for several products that are in the list of finalists for the title of the best security product of the year
  • All the people who participate in the public vote are eligible to win, even if they voted for a different product than the one(s) that we are giving away
  • In order to be eligible to win, all you have to do is complete the form above using your real name and email address

Who do you think it will win and why?

Now that you have participated in this campaign and have cast your vote, don’t close this article yet. Before you do, please leave a comment and let us know who do you think will win this public vote. Why do you think that a certain product will win and not the other finalists?