Which Antivirus Software For College Students? PDF Print E-mail

As a college student, one of your most important study tools is likely to be your computer. So protecting it from malware and hacker threats should be one of the first things you do when you purchase it. But sadly many students ignore this and end up with a disastrous situation.

While you're at college, you'll be engaged in research, surfing the web, using email, downloading and exchanging disks. And most of this you'll do on your PC and not the college PCs. But your college won't provide you with antivirus software and all they'll probably do is recommend one to you.

However, antivirus software may be too expensive for some students; but there's a way around this. And before you totally abandon the idea of getting an antivirus program, you must be aware of the costs of trying to repair an infected computer, which could be very costly.

So here are the best antivirus programs that have all the features you'll need as a student:

Norton Antivirus

Norton is a first choice for many students around the globe and it's easy to see why. It has some of the best features and tools in the antivirus industry and many of its performance issues from the past have long disappeared.

Its traditional signatures and advanced heuristics will ensure that your laptop or PC is free of all virus threats. And you won't have to worry about resource-usage and PC sluggishness, a problem you'll find with other antivirus programs.

But Norton still has uninstallation problems and is known to leave some files when you remove it. And you have to be careful what other programs you install on your PC as it doesn't play nice with other applications.

BitDefender Antivirus

BitDefender is one of the best antivirus software programs and is known for its suitability to all PC users. A regular pastime for students is online gaming and BitDefender has a gamer mode which blocks all interruptions during gaming or when you're watching videos online.

BitDefender also provides the URL Advisor and Anti-phishing tools that you need for protection when conducting searches online. They help prevent dodgy websites sending malware threats to your PC.

Kaspersky Antivirus

Kaspersky is a solid antivirus software program and one worth checking out in your search for software. It provides wireless protection like the other programs listed above. And it has been tested and certified by leading test labs like Virus Bulletin and West Coast Labs. Both labs show that it is a top performer when it comes to dealing with malware threats.


There aren't any antivirus programs designed specifically for students. And this is understandable, because the Home Antivirus packages are suitable for students too. They also provide multi-license programs which allow you to protect your student laptop and home PCs if you have any.

Cost is not a big issue because BitDefender has one of the cheapest programs going. It's currently retailing at £16.99 and you can also get a coupon to receive a 20% discount.

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