With virus scanners, it is similar to insurance: If you are lucky to get there for a lifetime of problems without it, nothing happens. Also in the PCGH readers are some users believe that the slow virus scanners and system for experienced users are superfluous anyway. But prudent surfing alone is no longer enough to protect themselves from attacks by botnets, and so-called drive-by downloads.
Effective antivirus, form the only way to protect themselves against attacks from the Internet. It is the criminals not only to the placement of long-destructive malware - modern criminals want your virtual property. Online gamers are just here to popular dark figures.
The experts of the AV-Test Institute have tested in January and February of this year, 23 security products for home users. There are free antivirus like Avast Free Antivirus 6.0, Microsoft Security Essentials and Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition and the commercial solutions such as Bitdefender Internet Security 2012, G Data Internet Security 2012, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 and Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012 in the comparison test.
The respective products were subjected to in the categories of protection, repair services and an extensive usability testing. This test resulted in an overall grade of the software, which could at best be 18 points. The test platform was Windows XP with Service Pack 3.