If you are asked to name one thing Microsoft has done absolutely right in its modern operating systems, chances are your answer would be the security. This is one area where no one can fault the Windows team, surely no one.

From the dark days of Windows 98 and then XP, to the watertight security of Windows 7 and now Windows 8 — the ecosystem is more secure than ever.

That does not mean one can fly without good antivirus and firewall protection. But at least the platform is more secure internally than what was offered in the late 90s. And it is a blessing in this day and age.

Anyway, independent security testing lab AV-TEST recently conducted another research to find out the best antivirus products for the latest version of Windows, and the firm compared both business and consumer solutions designed for Windows 8.1.

The results are interesting to say the least.

F-Secure: Internet Security 2014 takes top honors on Windows 8.1, followed by MicroWorld: eScan Internet Security Suite 14 and Symantec Norton Internet Security 2014. Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014 and Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.3 round up the top five.

One or two surprising names in the list, I will say.

Microsoft’s very own Windows Defender deflected 76 percent of malware attacks, while detecting 93 percent of new forms of malware — not bad for a built-in solution.

Surprisingly, while avast! Free Antivirus 2014 may not offer the highest level of protection, it is totally at home when it comes to usability. Bitdefender and Kaspersky take the performance crowns.

You can take a look at the full results at the link above.

But before that do let us know what antivirus solution, if at all, you are using. Free or paid, local or cloud, built-in or third-party. The comments box is open for business.

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  1. I am not an internet adventurer. I just use the build in and it seems good enough secured.

    • Yeah, that’s an important consideration. I even know some people that just have a firewall installed, without antivirus protection, and they have been scooting along fine for years, because they don’t ping pong on the web.

      Nice to hear, keep the comments coming!

  2. I think your conclusion is wrong. You’ve sorted the list by the protection column but not taken into account performance and usability which bitdefender and kaspersky both do well on

    • Yeah, I just think power users would want maximum protection first and foremost, but you are right, performance is also an important factor to consider.

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