Why have I selected ESET NOD32 Antivirus for my use and my recommendation for my customers?
I come into contact with every type of Antivirus and Antimalware product there is. I see what works and what doesn’t. I see customers spend upward of $100 per year per computer for the “everything but the kitchen sink” packages from Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky and others that are basically a complete waste of that money. They let in malware, adware, unwanted programs like the notorious Ask.com Toolbar, they slow down your computer, and don’t offer a good level of protection!
I have personally and professionally used and sold ESET NOD32 Antivirus for over 5 years because it doesn’t gum up your computer, it blocks the “crapware” like Ask.com, it senses poisoned links and ads on “safe” websites (disconnecting you immediately), and it stops those viruses and trojans! I have well over 200 customers (many more total computers) using it, and I do not have one instance where one of them has changed back to their prior antivirus.
Here’s how I would categorize the Antivirus programs I see on people’s computers:
Good: Norton & Kaspersky
OK: Trend, Sophos, AVG (not the free version)
Bad: Webroot, McAfee
Absolute garbage: Computer Associates (Total Defense or Anti-Virus Plus)