Some highly rated virus protection programs for tablets include Panda Cloud Free, BitDefender Free and Avast Free Edition. These no-cost products are well-respected for their effectiveness, but users desiring more protection can upgrade to paid versions with additional features and greater functionality.
Other free options include 360 Security Free and AVG's Tablet Antivirus Security. Acclaimed program AdAware targets threats from spyware. MalwareBytes, which focuses on malware detection and removal, is strongly recommended for its superior protection against zero-day attacks.
Microsoft's built-in Defender tool provides a moderate level of protection, but relying on it as the sole source of protection is inadvisable. Defender is a relatively lightweight tool that can serve as a good security supplement, but it needs the support of stronger software to truly maintain system safety.
On the paid side, some top-rated antivirus options for tablets include BitDefender Plus, winner of a Gold Award at Top Ten Reviews. BitDefender's Active Virus Control aggressively targets stealth infections, and the software also monitors Internet privacy settings to protect against social media threats. Silver Award-winning Kaspersky Antivirus and Bronze winner McAfee Antivirus Plus round out the top three paid choices endorsed by Top Ten.
Other well-reviewed titles occupying lower spots on the list are BullGuard Antivirus, ZoneAlarm Antivirus Plus Firewall and Trend Micro Antivirus Plus Security.