NortonLifeLock takes the Gold Award for the Malware Protection Test. It also received four Advanced+ Awards in this year’s tests. It has a well-designed overall user experience, with detailed malware information accessible from alerts. Access control options are excellent.
What is an antivirus product? Do I need one?
An antivirus product is a program designed to detect and remove viruses and other kinds of malicious software from your computer or laptop.
Malicious software - known as malware - is code that can harm your computers and laptops, and the data on them. Your devices can become infected by inadvertently downloading malware that's in an attachment linked to a dubious email, or hidden on a USB drive, or even by simply visiting a dodgy website.
Once it's on your computer or laptop, malware can steal your data, encrypt it so you can't access it, or even erase it completely. For this reason it's important that you always use antivirus software, and keep it up to date to protect your data and devices.
How do antivirus products work?
Antivirus products work by detecting, quarantining and/or deleting malicious code, to prevent malware from causing damage to your device. Modern antivirus products update themselves automatically, to provide protection against the latest viruses and other types of malware.
How do I use my antivirus product?
Kaspersky receives a Top-Rated Product Award for 2022, having taken the highest Advanced+ award for 5 out of 7 tests, and Advanced for the other two tests. It additionally takes Bronze Awards for the False Alarm Test and Advanced Threat Protection Test. External drives are automatically scanned on connection, and malware in network shares is detected as soon as they are opened.