Best Antivirus Software for 2016

With new laptops, tablets, and cell phones coming almost every day, it is imperative that you protect your personal electronics from current viruses that are getting bolder and bolder. There are some antivirus software that has been around a while that still work well, as well as some new ones in the market. If you are wondering which antivirus software will work best for you, read the information below.


ESET Multi-Device Security 2016

The first thing you will notice about this software is that you can use it with a MAC, Windows, or android phone. This means that regardless of what type of device every member of your family possesses, it can be protected with this one product, saving you money. Additional features include anti-theft, anti-spam scans, and bank protection which opens a new window when you are making an online payment.


G Data Total Protection 2016

G Data has received excellent reviews for its performance and features. Like ESET, it has anti-spam for unwanted advertising. There is also protection against a phishing links that trick users into giving out personal information. If you have children, G Data lets you control how much web surfing and what sites your children can visit. The one downside to this antivirus software is that it doesn’t automatically check removable media for threats.


Bitdefender Total Security 2016

Bitdefender ranks at the top of the list when it comes to scanning speed. In addition, it offers ransomware to protect users from having to pay ransom payments for a decryption password when a document is encrypted. Bitdefender checks for Windows updates you might have missed, since using outdated software can increase your chances of viruses.







Viruses in the 1980’s

The first antivirus software is thought to have been for the Vienna virus in 1987.

Bernd Fix is thought to be perhaps one of the first antivirus gladiators along with two guys named Andreas Luning and Kai Figge.

Luning and Figge created G Data Software which was released for Atari.

(People have to have their games right?)

By the late 80’s, several companies started to jump on the antivirus bandwagon and this is the time when the famous McAfee Security was created.  John McAfee of the McAfee security released his first version of the virus scanning software that many of us are familiar with.

I personally use McAfee right now and it is only because it came with the purchase of my computer. I prefer Kapersky for the better protection and less annoying pop ups.

Also in the late 80’s there was the FluShot Plus and Anti4us released.

Many antivirus softwares were made to reorganize the infected sections, override them and resume the regular performance.  Antivirus software looks for the end of malicious codes, suspicious section names, headers and other infection devices within a computer.

Some of the early know antivirus companies are:

  • Avira -AntiVir
  • Frisk Software
  • ThunderByte Antivirus – TBAV
  • Norman Safeground
  • ALWIL Software
  • V1 – AhnLab
  • Dr. Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit
  • McAfee
  • VirexPC
  • Kapersky
  • Panda Security
  • F-Secure


Here is a nifty little video on why antivirus software is important today:





What is AntiVirus Software?

Antivirus software is sometimes also called AV or antimalware.

It is a computer software (something you upload and put on your computer) that is made to make your computer safe.

In order to monitor and keep tabs on malicious malware or software on your computer, you need this type of program to keep you safe.

The only reason you should not have this software would be if you never ever EVER access the internet or any emails with your computer (very highly unlikely in these days and times.

Antivirus software is like a security system for your home but it’s for your computer instead.

The more costly a program does, does not mean it will protect you more either!

The antivirus software was first made to fix and remove computer viruses and that’s why it is called antivirus.  However, new viruses and malware has made this type of software even more important.

Good antivirus software can detect new malware and viruses almost as soon as they hit your computer and sometimes even before they have a chance to download.

You need to protect your computer from malicious threats and this is the software that can do it.

Here are some things that antivirus software can help protect you from:

  • Browser Help Objects that you don’t want
  • LSPs
  • keyloggers
  • hijackers
  • ransomware
  • backdoors
  • rootkits
  • Trojan Horses (yikes!)
  • infected urls
  • infected spam
  • scams and phishing attacks
  • dialers
  • frautools
  • adware
  • spyware (people can see what you do on your computer and use it to sell to you)
  • privacy and identity attacks
  • banking attacks
  • botnets DDos Attacks
  • A whole lot more!!
 Here’s some neat info on AntiVirus Software:
You can trace evidence of the computer virus back to the late 1940’s (see
The very first computer virus that was known was called the “creeper virus” and was known to infect a mainframe at the time.  It eventually got deleted by a program that Ray Tomlinson created called “The Reaper”.
The Reaper is sometimes called the very first antivirus software…however, the reaper was a virus that was made to get rid of the Creeper virus.
More modern antivirus softwares are not viruses themselves.
In 1981 another virus came along called the “Elk Cloner” and it infected the Apple 2 computers.
It is interesting to note that the computer virus is defined as a code the replicated and copies itself and it very similar to a biological virus for that one factor.
Biological viruses that affect animals, plants and other living things invade their hosts and replicate themselves causing disruption in the normal processes of the organism much in the same way that a computer virus takes over computers and their programming.
The first virus ever found in a PC was called the “Brain” and was found in 1986.
Viruses, since the mid 80’s, has continued to to grow as more programmers and computer programs are created.
Early on, viruses were transmitted from one computer to the next by infected floppy discs and such, however, once the internet became more widely used, viruses become more prevalent across the globe.