The best antivirus software for Windows 10 to use in 2018

Twice a year, AV-Test comes up with a list of the best antivirus software for Windows 10. Today, the lab has published the list of the best antivirus software after reviewing them in October 2017, and it will be the list to take a look at to choose any antivirus in 2018 until the next list is published in April or May 2018.

The best antivirus software for Windows 10 to use in 2018

During the past few months, AV-Test has reviewed the 21 most popular free and paid antivirus programs (and if you do not want to spend any money, here are our picks for the best free antivirus that you can download). In terms of protection, 11 antivirus programs received 5 points. In this category, the lab reviews the protection against virus, worms and Trojans, as well as the zero-day vulnerabilities and malware detection:

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In terms of performance, it is difficult to find an antivirus that is balanced between resource consumption and the best possible protection. However, 4 antivirus software have been given 5 points in performance:

In terms of usability, antivirus software usually have menus that are quite difficult to use and have many functions, in addition to showing some false positives. Therefore, only 6 out of the 21 antivirus programs reviewed received 5 points in usability:

In summary, the 6 best antivirus programs globally that AV-Test selected are the following, with the ones in bold being those that received five points in all the categories:

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Kaspersky is still the best; stay away from Chinese antivirus software

As for the rest of the antivirus programs that were reviewed, it is worth noting that Windows Defender is increasingly improving its protection. Windows 10 built-in antivirus now receives 4 out of 5 points in protection and another 4 points in performance. Its downside is that it has to improve its usability, as it only received 3 points.

What is clear in these reviews are two things: on the one hand, Kaspersky keeps being the best antivirus on the market despite the United States’ unfounded claims. On the other hand, another thing to be bear in mind is that we must stay away from Chinese antivirus software like Qihoo 360 Total Security, as one of its versions received 1 out of 5 points in protection.