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What are some highly-rated Antivirus programs according to experts?

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As of 2015, PC Mag says that the most highly rated antivirus programs include Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, F-Secure Anti-Virus and McAfee Antivirus Plus. They are all available for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Webroot is also available for Mac OS, while Bitdefender, Kaspersky and F-Secure are all available for Windows XP, in addition to Vista, 7 and 8. Each of the mentioned programs is available with either a personal or professional license. McAfee, Kaspersky and F-Secure are also available with business licenses. Each of the five programs received at least a four-star rating from PC Mag.

Each antivirus program is highly rated for functionality as an effective traditional antivirus, including scans, active protection and scheduled updates. PC Mag also rates the five programs highly for thorough prevention of malware installation, multi-layered protection against phishing and other malware, and inclusion of bonus features.

While not top rated, PC Mag positively rates antivirus programs such as Panda Antivirus Pro, VoodooSoft VoodooShield, Avast Pro Antivirus and AVG Antivirus. Panda, Avast and AVG offer low-cost premium versions and highly functional free versions, while VoodooSoft offers monitoring of unknown files to prevent catching a virus from plugging in a USB drive or downloading suspicious files. Each of these programs received at least a three-star rating from PC Mag.

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