Top 5 Antivirus Software Programs For Windows XP, Vista And 7 PDF Print E-mail

Finding antivirus software that works perfectly with all three versions of Windows is not always easy. These operating system versions have slightly different security needs. And that's because they differ in features, tools and their in-built security features.

Microsoft Windows 7, for example, is the latest of the three and from reviews and tests shows that it's one of Microsoft's best releases. And this is true of Windows XP too which plays well with many antivirus programs - so you won't have problems running scans, updates and applications on these versions.

But Vista was a rushed operating system release and is one of the worst at working with antivirus software programs. So your choice of software will be crucial to ensure that it's protected. And there are a number of security programs that supply the necessary protection.

So here's our pick of the top 5 antivirus software programs for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 versions.

1. BitDefender

BitDefender is one of the most effective programs at detecting and removing spyware, viruses, Trojans and worms. These malware programs are mainly targeted at Windows computers and cause havoc for millions of PC users.

Fortunately, BitDefender has the tools and features to defeat these threats and it does it with minimal resource-usage. One of its best features is Active Virus Control that detects and destroys stealth threats that try to monitor all your activities. And it keeps an eye on suspicious file behaviours on your PC.

2. Kaspersky

Kaspersky includes advanced technology that protects your computer from all forms of malware threats. It also provides all the tools and features you'll need for protection so you won't have need for free Windows security programs like Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials.

One of its best features is that Kaspersky updates regularly and ensures that your computer is up-to-date with the latest updates. And this ensures that updates don't become too big because this could lead to files taking long to download and slowing down your computer.

3. Panda

Panda has recently joined the list of top 5 antivirus software programs for Windows. It has replaced programs like Symantec Norton Antivirus which has fallen behind due to slow detection and removal rates.

Panda has been tested and certified by AV-Test, a Germany-based test lab, showing it scores high in usability, protection and repair. It also includes a firewall which blocks malware threats from your Windows PC.

4. AVG

Only a handful of antivirus programs perform as well as AVG. It uses layers of protection and one of them is AVG Resident Shield which prevents you from opening infected files. It also works well with all Windows OS versions and ensures that your PC is constantly free of malicious software threats.

5. Avast

Avast offers many good features and tools that work well with Windows. Some of these features include reputation-based link scanning, automatic sandbox browsing and a virtual desktop. These tools combine to ensure that your Windows PC is free of malware and hacker threats.


All five programs have proved they have the tools to protect Windows machines. And they do it with minimal resource-usage, so you won't have to worry about your PC being slow during scans and updates. And they also help to repair damaged files and recover lost ones too.

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