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There are many antivirus, anti-spyware, and internet security products available for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS systems. Some products are available for home use for free while other products require an annual subscription.  The tables below list anti-virus products suitable for home use.

Anti-Virus Software for Microsoft Windows

All products listed below scored at least a 4 (out of 5) in tests by PC Magazine of 2012 AntiVirus products.

Free Software

Product Name

Where to get it

avast! Free Antivirus

avast.com

AVG Anti-Virus Free

free.avg.com

Avira Free Antivirus

avira.com

Bitdefender Free Edition

bitdefender.com

Microsoft Security Essentials

microsoft.com

Subscription Software

Product Name

Where to get it

avast! Pro Antivirus

avast.com

AVG Anti-Virus

avg.com

Avira Antivirus Premium

avira.com

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

bitdefender.com

Norton AntiVirus

us.norton.com

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

webroot.com

Anti-Virus Software for Apple Mac OS

The products listed below PC Magazine's Review of Antivirus Apps for the Mac.  Although the products have not been tested by PC Magazine, their deatures were reviewed. The free products listed provide a scanning capabilties consistent with the developer's Windows product.

Note: Intego VirusBarrier was specifically developed for the Mac and includes a two-way firewall plus anti-spyware and anti-phishing protection in addition to anti-virus scanning.

Free Software

Product Name

Where to get it

avast! Free Antivirus for Mac

avast.com

Avira Free Mac Security

avira.com

Subscription Software

Product Name

Where to get it

Intego VirusBarrier

intego.com