The Top 10 Computer Protection Programs

By Roslyn Frenz

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire defines computer viruses as "self-replicating programs which cannot exist without a host". Modern Internet users concerned about viruses, security and identity protection can invest in computer protection software. This list of top computer protection programs is based on recommendations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Business Knowledge Source website. The software is presented in no particular order.

Symantec Norton Antivirus

This software distinguishes and wipes out computer viruses and blocks worms. Norton offers both the downloadable version and package versions of their

McAfee VirusScan

This software offers cutting-edge virus protection. Besides VirusScan, McAfee provides other protection software such as anti-spyware, personal firewalls, spam killer and privacy services. McAfee software comes in both downloadable and package

AVG Anti-Viral

This free anti-viral software provides computer security at no cost. AVG also offers increased protection, anti-spam, firewall and identity protection in their paid software

Panda Antivirus

This software has a user-friendly interface with high-quality antivirus protection. Panda's Antivirus Pro provides a firewall and a safe search browser. Panda also offers downloadable free trial software.

Computer Associates Inoculate IT

This software appeals to business because it uses identity verification to ensure proper access for computers and networks that have multiple users with different levels of security

Kapersky Antivirus

This software adds extra defense to traditional Internet security. It protects against, "viruses, spyware, spam, trojans, worms, [and] bots". The free 30-day trial has the same features as the paid software. Prices vary for different types of computers and levels of protection.

F-Secure Antivirus

This software offers advanced protection against viruses, malware, spam and cyber-crime. F-Secure offers a free 30-day

Shield Deluxe

This software double-guarantees customer security. The software is easy to install and set up. Shield Deluxe offers free trial

Trend Micro PC-cillin

Trend Micro provides "deep security" for home users, home offices, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises.


This software program adapts to viruses as they are introduced to the internet. BitDefender has free tools and paid software packages.