There are thousands of computer viruses out there today. It is essential that you have an antivirus software installed on your computer to help protect your system. This protection will defend your system against potential damage, as well as protect your personal information from being spread throughout the Internet.
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Norton is one of the the most well-known antivirus software. One of its key features is that it updates every 5 to 15 minutes to make sure you system is up to date. As of November 2009, it costs $39.99 for one year of protection.
McAfee Virus Scan Plus
McAfee Virus Scan Plus is another software that shields your PC from viruses and spyware, and includes a firewall that can help prevent hacker attacks to your system. This software bundle also costs $39.99 for one year.
Trend Micro ("PC-Cillin") Internet Security
Trend Micro provides an award-winning antivirus engine that protects from viruses, spam, spyware, trojans and other online security threats. The cost for a one-year subscription is $49.95.
Bit Defender offers protection from viruses, spyware, rootkits, provides anti-phishing help, and offers a gamer and laptop mode. This software is only $29.99 annually and can be used on up to three computers.
AVG is unique in that is provides consumers a completely free version, as well as a version that costs $34.99 for a one-year subscription. The free version works extremely well if you are just looking for simple antivirus protection without all the bells and whistles.