Everyone needs antivirus software. I'm a big fan of free Antivirus programs, and I use the free AVG antivirus protection. Because I'm familiar with AVG, I feel that it is a great product and I would not hesitate to purchase the full version.
I was interested in comparing AVG versus PC Tools. Both of these antivirus software packages have been around for some time. They both have free products that they offer, and I have used both products on a limited basis. As I said before I like the free antivirus products that you can find online to use. For instance, I use AVG's free antivirus protection in conjunction with Threatfire. Threatfire is a free offering from PC Tools.
I like to check out other products from time to time to compare to my favorite antivirus program. Maybe PC Tools would offer me good protection and I wouldn't have to use two separate products. Besides it can't be bad to make sure that you're using the best product that suites your needs. Especially when it comes to protecting your computer information.
Many people say that you don't get full protection when you use antivirus free products. I have not had a problem with just the AVG free product and have it installed on all of my computers. Over the years AVG has worked well for me. I have had no major problems.
That being said, I have to say that AVG is rated overall #5 by the website, Top 10 Reviews. That site's number one pick is Bitdefender. Even though I'm sure Bitdefender is a good product I like to use what I'm familiar with.
PC Magazine says that AVG free, "turned in a star performance for malware cleanup, taking the highest or second highest score of all free products in every category." If that's the case, then I wouldn't hesitate to try their paid version. I would feel secure that the product would protect my computer and data without a problem.
It is amazing how much antivirus products have improved over the years. They work quietly in the background and are sensitive about how they impact system resources. I have not noticed a slowdown in my PC's performance with the newest version of AVG. That's something that's important to me.
What don't I like about AVG antivirus? The only thing I can think of is maybe the cost of the product. Most of the antivirus programs these days sell their product on a yearly subscription basis. AVG costs $39.99 a year and higher depending on the level of coverage you choose. Maybe I'm spoiled. It used to be that you could purchase the software, and then not pay anything again until a new version came out or you felt the need to update your software. Can they possibly come up with enough value to make it worth a yearly subscription?
When I checked on the Top 10 Review's site I also read information about PC Tools. This particular software was not even rated in the top 25. The review on the site wasn't very complimentary of the software. In fact they said don't even bother trying the software. They said that the software was basically middle of the road and not worth using.
I really like the Threatfire free component of PC Tools. Threatfire detects threats to your system based on behavior. It seems that C/NET agrees with me on this opinion. That's why I use both the free AVG and Threatfire. They both seem to work together on my computers without any problems.
PC Tools has three different layers of security that you can purchase. You can purchase their Spyware Doctor with Antivirus for the same cost as AVG's antivirus product at $39.99. So in price they compare about the same. From what I've read, though, PC Tools is slow and a bit confusing to use.
What I wondered was, could I use PC Tools as my only antivirus product and not have two separate products like Threatfire and AVG free antivirus?
All in all I have to say that I pick AVG over PC Tools. AVG's free product gives you a good set of tools for antivirus protection. I have had no problems, and have used this program for years. I will still use PC Tools' Threatfire. I just works so well with my AVG product that I don't see a need to change.
I also don't want to pay for my antivirus. If I went with PC Tools I would end up paying for a product that at best would be as good as the AVG free antivirus product. I like to think of the old saying, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."
I am interested in what others think of as the best antivirus programs. Leave me a comment and let me know what you are using and why. It's always good to have another opinion.