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Reviewing the Best Antivirus and Spyware Programs

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 2/19/2010

Looking for some good antivirus and spyware solutions for your computer? There are several programs that are claim to be tops in antivirus/spyware protection. However, only a few of them have proven to be consistent, reliable, and efficient. In terms of customer opinion, the following software has..

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    ... proven itself to be the best. Many of these programs are all-in-one solutions. Meaning, that they are suited for both antivirus protection and spyware/malware protection. Here are the best antivirus and spyware programs.

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    Vipre AntiVirus + AntiSpyware

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    vipre Vipre is a relatively unknown company when it comes to premium computer security software. However, the massive amount of great reviews that Vipre AntiVirus + AntiSpyware has received by customers and experts alike make it a diamond in the rough for computer security. This program is just as it's name implies, antivirus and antispyware. This makes it an ideal all-in-one solution for convenient computer protection. Because both the antivirus and antispyware are integrated together, and both from Vipre, there is no need to worry about conflict between them. Sometimes, cheaper antivirus programs and spyware removers will conflict with each other. Vipre AntiVirus + AntiSpyware is one of the best antivirus and spyware programs on the market.

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    McAfee Total Protection

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    McAfee Total Protection is another security program that defends against viruses and spyware. McAfee offers McAfee Antivirus as single software, McAfee Internet Security as single software, and McAfee Total Protection as yet another single application. McAfee Antivirus and McAfee Internet Security are both great programs, but do not offer as many features as McAfee Total Protection. Total Protection is much more than just an antivirus/antispyware program. It also has several convenient features such as: stealth mode, secure file shredder, secure data backup, browser specific protection, and more.

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    Norton 360

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    norton 360 Norton 360 is basically Norton's equivalent to McAfee Total Protection. It gets the name 360 because it is supposed to give your PC full 360 degree protection. Like McAfee, Norton offers several products such as: Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security, etc... Norton 360 is their top of the line software, giving you antivirus, antispyware, and several other features. Norton 360 has improved on speed and quickness, which is a great improvement over earlier versions. Not only will it take up less of your computer's resources, but also allow for quicker scans. Norton even boasts that you can complete a full virus scan in less than 3 minutes.

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    Trend Micro Antivirus + Antispyware

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    Trend Micro is known for their free basic virus scan software. However, they also offer premium software in Trend Micro Antivirus + Antispyware. Although Trend Micro Antivirus + Antispyware does not have as many fancy features as McAfee or Norton, it still does a good overall job at protecting your computer against malicious threats. Most notably, Trend Micro makes one of the most elaborate virus scanners on the market. Trend Micro Antivirus + Antispyware also has one of the easiest to use interfaces out of all the premium computer security software. If you just want good antivirus software, without all the extra features, Trend Micro will work great for you.

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