At Community Tech Network, we are committed to empowering older adults and newcomers to use technology by imparting essential digital skills — from basic device operation to accessing online health portals.
Beyond digital literacy, we prioritize digital safety and independence. To that end, our team stays updated on the latest antivirus software options. We published a very popular article about antivirus software a few years ago, and we are excited to present an updated list for 2023.
If you’re looking for something that offers a solid free version, Avira is a great choice. It delivers rapid security scans and promises 100% protection against malware. Features include a VPN, firewall, and password manager. Premium plans can cost upwards of $30.99/year, but the free version is widely popular. The only drawback is that, while Avira supports Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, some features are exclusive to Windows.
Bitdefender offers one of the highest levels of protection against viruses and is considered to be very easy to use. It is compatible with all devices and is among the most popular tools on the market. It runs quietly in the background, automatically analyzing anything suspicious. The free version does not include a firewall, but budget-friendly premium options start at $19.99/year.
Malwarebytes has an incredibly simple interface, which can be particularly useful for folks who are new to technology. It uses real-time analysis to defend your computer from threats. The free version includes a virus scanner, but the paid version (from $38.24/year) offers complete malware protection.
4. Microsoft Defender (formerly known as Windows Defender)
For Windows users, Microsoft Defender comes built-in and is activated by default. However, don’t underestimate it because it’s free. Microsoft Defender is still considered one of the best antivirus software options on the market, and it frequently offers new features. It also lets users determine the level of protection that they would like and can block potentially unwanted apps and protect against a ransomware attack.
5. Total AV
Total AV is very user-friendly but may not offer the same level of protection as some other programs. Nevertheless, it does provide several useful services, including a malware scanner and anti-phishing protection (both available in the free version), a Cloud Scanner, and Disk Cleaner. Prices start at $19.00/year.