Some of the most popular computer virus protection programs as of 2016 are Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, McAfee AntiVirus Plus and Norton Security. These programs are popular due to how quickly they perform scans, the protection they provide against new threats, the amount of memory and processing power they require to function properly, and the inclusion of features such as antimalware protection and the option to automatically scan USB drives.
The 2016 version of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus includes a protection layer against the latest ransomware threats and an autopilot mode that automates the update, scanning and removal processes. Additionally, it features a password manager that lets a user create a new password database and protect it with a master password, as well as phishing protection that blocks websites that seek to steal personal information. Kaspersky Anti-Virus features a streamlined installation process, a malware blocker capable of reversing the damage an infection caused and additional tools, such as the on-screen keyboard that prevents keyloggers from capturing information before they’re removed.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus includes an option that lets users manage the program remotely, a quick clean function that removes unnecessary files and deletes browsing history, and a scanner that detects missing updates for the operating system. Norton Security is popular on account of its minor impact on performance, free antimalware utility and near-perfect protection scores. Its downside, similar to other products, is that it sometimes identifies legitimate software as malicious threats.