I am always amazed by the selection of antivirus products available, all of them claiming to provide full protection. The antivirus market is extremely competitive and is evolving all the time. I do however wonder if all these claims were true, would there be any need for more than one product? I however do not follow the belief that you get what you pay for as it seems that the major players in this market, or should I say the players with the biggest marketing budgets and offers, seem to win hands down. As a computer technician I am not swayed by the marketing and promotions, I simply want to find a product that catches the most threats and the least false positives ( your own files that it misinterprets as an infection) . Over the years, I have tested dozens of products and I simply install each product on a completely infected test PC. The one that catches the most infections and removes them wins. Simples.
In summary, two products seem to pass this test each time and both have a free offering and a paid for enhanced version. Avast Free 2015 has been my favorite as it has a browser cleaner to rid us of the nasty add-ons that are so prevalent at the moment. ESET Online scanner is another great product also but it is used as a second opinion to your installed product as this works online as does not give continued protection when using your computer daily. I am sure the products I prefer today will not be the best products in the future. That is the benefit of competition.