The Best Anti-Virus for Windows Computers

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The Best Anti-Virus for Windows ComputersToday I’m announcing the second winner of my giveaway for a one-year license to the 2013 edition of VIPRE Internet Security. I already gave away a license to a lucky LockerGnome reader who had commented to my initial post about the Internet security software, announcing the winner in Tuesday’s followup post. Before I announce the winner, I want to let you know why I now believe this solution to be the best anti-virus for Windows PCs.

Is Your Windows PC Well-Protected?

Viruses, malware, spam: these are the bane of all computer users, especially those who use Windows. The reason is obvious: Windows is the most-used operating system, and that makes it a popular target for programmers who enjoy messing with other people’s lives. I’ll admit, there have been times when I’ve wished I had the programming chops to work up a script that would wreak havoc on somebody else’s system. Vengeful thoughts such as these entered my mind more often when I was younger and more sensitive to the character assassinations some trolls directed at me. I’m older now, I have a thicker skin, and I’m more experienced — and I now understand just how devastating viruses can be. Having your home system infected or your Web server attacked due to the efforts of a script kiddie is not simply a nuisance, but it can seriously have an impact on a person’s livelihood.

Not all script kiddies are bad, and some of them grow up to be skilled practitioners at the craft of programming. Many of the more skilled programmers among them even join the ranks of the computer security elite. That is, they decide at some point that it’s far more interesting to employ their knowledge of how to exploit a system’s vulnerabilities to the benefit, rather than to the detriment, of humankind. Sure, it’s fun to hack things — many in my mastermind group are intensely curious about how things work, and benevolent hacking is one of the many topics that come up within the community. Simple workarounds in order to enable a program to run on a system it wasn’t explicitly intended to run on can be rightfully referred to as hacks.

Scripts designed to take down systems, however, can not only cost a person both time and money, but they can literally destroy lives. I’m not joking around here. Imagine a new pet owner who has heard that certain foods regularly consumed by people have the potential to injure or even kill pets. Imagine this pet owner comes home from work to find the box of chocolates left on the coffee table empty. A few moments later, this person finds their pet, a lovely little dog, curled up in a ball in its favorite hiding spot, his tiny body shaking and clearly in distress. This pet owner fires up his nearest computer, opens up his browser, and heads to his veterinarian’s website in order to discover its emergency phone number, only to find that the website has been attacked and brought down by malicious hackers. So now this pet owner must race to find another solution, searching the Web or jumping in his car (if he owns one) to race his dog to the vet in the hopes that he’ll be able to save his dog’s life.

Am I being overly dramatic? Does this seem like a far-fetched scenario to you? Believe me, hacktivists (hacker activists) have engaged in malicious attacks on the websites of whichever businesses, large or small, they’ve determined they don’t like. Some of the sites they’ve compromised have resulted in problems for thousands of people — hundreds of thousands (and in the case of larger businesses, maybe millions) — who daily rely on the resources these sites have to offer. So it shouldn’t seem a stretch to believe that some disgruntled former employee of a veterinarian’s office with some minor scripting skills would be able to bring down the business’ website. It is essential for consumers, many of them small business owners running one version of Windows or another, to have the best protection available for their system(s).

How is VIPRE the Best Anti-Virus for Windows Computers?

The most competitive factor among anti-virus applications is the ability to keep the latest malicious software from infecting computers. It’s true that developers of computer security programs have to make a product that provides a great user experience and performs well (in this case, by “performing well” I mean that it doesn’t noticeably impact the other activities you’re doing with your computer, such as ripping a CD or compressing a batch of images into a zipped file you can more easily send to a client via email or Dropbox). But the most well-designed Internet security app isn’t worth a hill of beans (where did that saying come from, I wonder?) if it doesn’t actively track and catch the very latest malware that has been released into the wild by some unscrupulous scripter. So how do you know which program is currently the best at catching malware? By checking the results of independent organizations such as AV-Comparatives and AV-TEST, both institutions that test and compare various software, including security software and its nemesis, malware.

Here is your evidence, then, that VIPRE Internet Security is the best anti-virus for Windows computers. According to AV-Comparatives, the application beats out the competition in important categories, including the detection of actively running widespread malware and the detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last two or three months. What this indicates is that the utility is on top of malware threats — which isn’t an easy feat. Google reports discovering thousands of new unsafe sites every day. Many of these sites aren’t even intended to be unsafe; they are sites that have been compromised and now represent a threat to visitors. For VIPRE to be able to stay on top of the malware threat speaks volumes about its utility.

Hmm… After trying different Linux distros (Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and Fedora) and after fixing many driver issues, I returned to Windows 7 because of college (compatibility and all…). So with this really compelling offer, I would like to use VIPRE Internet Security 2013.

Zlate Jovanov left that comment to my computer security post a week ago, and is the recipient of one-year license to use VIPRE Internet Security 2013. Congratulations, Zlate!

Test out VIPRE for yourself and let me know what you think!

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