Les meilleurs antivirus de 2019

Protégez votre ordinateur contre les virus, les rançongiciels, les logiciels-espions, les programmes malveillants, l’hameçonnage, les chevaux de Troie, et d’autres infections avec ces solutions antivirus éprouvées.

Felicity Kay
Cybersecurity Expert
Updated: 11 mars 2019

Malware has become so sophisticated that, despite all of the latest innovation, your online protection is at stake if you don’t have an antivirus program installed.

The best antivirus programs on the market will work hard to protect you from the Trojans trying to infiltrate your data, the bots trying to hijack and the ransomware doing its best to destroy your precious files – but not all will do so to the same extent.

  1. Intego – Best for Mac OS
  2. Comodo – Best for Extra Features
  3. NANO – Best for Highly Customizable Scanning
  4. TotalAV – Best for Its Cost-Effective Premium Plan
  5. Avast – Best for Included Ransomware Protection
  6. AVG – Best for Phishing Protection
  7. Avira – Best Free Antivirus
  8. Bitdefender – Best for Powerful, All-Round Protection
  9. BullGuard – Best for Speedy Malware Removal
  10. Malwarebytes – Best for Ease of Use

Selecting the Best Antivirus Software For You: Features to Look Out For

But – no two antiviruses are ever alike, and not all even give you the full protection you need online!

Most of the best antivirus programs that we review will have solid malware protection across a variety of features…but be warned, ‘malware’ is a pretty large topic, and what one antivirus software might protect against, another one might not.

A basic antivirus software will have on-demand scanning and real-time malware protection. Some features of antivirus software might even block certain actions or items on your system or device, as it detects something insecure or harmful.

Overall, the best antivirus programs will have some kind of spyware protection. While malware is more directly harmful – it tries to make something bad happen – spyware might be even more harmful: it sits silently among your programs, quietly mining your personal details for later fraudulent use.

But, software isn’t perfect, and you usually need other, stronger resources to prevent you from becoming vulnerable online – and you need to do this by filling in the gaps that the malware detection doesn’t quite reach.

Antiviruses And Unknown Program Solutions

A solid antivirus software will identify and remove the bad programs and leave the good ones alone – but how do they deal with the programs that they just don’t know are good or bad?

The answer is: it really depends on the antivirus software. Some programs might have behavior detection included, a feature that identifies anything – files or programs – behaving suspiciously, and then quarantining it, just in case. This is a secure solution, but not a perfect one, usually leading to a lot of false positives that could mean your programs don’t work properly as a result.

Other antivirus software might have a whitelisting function, allowing only ‘good’ programs to run, and banning anything that doesn’t fall into either ‘bad’ or ‘good’ from running. Again this isn’t a perfect solution, because what if those ‘bad’ programs aren’t really bad? Another way of getting around this is sandboxing – allowing the unknown programs to run, but to do so in a way that doesn’t give them full system access.

Extra Protection Features: Firewalls, Ransomware And More

Some of our best antivirus software suggestions come equipped with extra features to keep you protected online: ransomware protection, firewalls and more.

These aren’t basic antivirus features, but they’re likely everything you need in order to remain protected online, performing functions like ensuring your financial transactions are carried out using a fully secure browser, your sensitive files are deleted securely, and even protecting your keyboard virtually in order to keep you safe from keyloggers looking to steal your passwords and other data

Some of the best antivirus products also include ransomware protection, which prevent any unauthorized changes to files, usually by monitoring the files for suspicious behavior that would suggest malware, or work by reversing the damage caused to files. If you could, we recommend always looking for an antivirus program with added ransomware protection – because it’s always better to be protected, than try to reverse damage later on!

The strongest antiviruses work reactively, protecting your device and files from any incoming threats – but with an added antivirus VPN feature, your actual internet connection can be secured, meaning you won’t ever connect to any potentially dangerous sites.

The Best Antivirus Software – Updated for 2019

We’ve researched over 40 of the antivirus market’s most popular software, looking specifically for:

  • Cost: obviously, you have to be protected online, but for an affordable monthly or annual sum.
  • Reliability and accuracy: it’s better for an antivirus program to be over cautious, but otherwise, you want your chosen program to be as accurate and reliable as possible.
  • Range of features: ‘Antivirus’ is actually a catch-all term, and while an antivirus program has to protect your device, the way in which it does this varies according to the type of virus it’s up against. Not all antivirus software will include anti-phishing functions, for example.

We’ve divided our antivirus software recommendations into the best for each types of devices, giving you our honest feedback in each in-depth review.

For the overall best antivirus of 2019, we recommend Intego. It scored the highest across all of our review categories – security, features, ease of use, support available and cost.

1st Place: Intego – Best for Mac OS

We like: How easy Intego is to install and use, and the anti-phishing and firewall features.
We don’t like: That Intego advertises itself as for Mac users – it also works well on Windows and Linux.

Although it labels itself ‘the only Antivirus specially designed for your Mac’, Intego works well also on Windows and Linux devices too.

With three packages available, the Premium Bundle X9 has everything a user could need. Incorporating the company’s proprietary virus and malware detection tool (VirusBarrier X9, also the name of one of the packages), and in our tests, removed 100% of Mac malware samples we provided it with.

Intego makes the perfect introductory or higher-level Antivirus for Mac users: It has a one-click installation – perfect for first-time Antivirus users who are less than tech-savvy, and the range of   features – auto-scan (allowing you to sit back and relax – and only be alerted if and when something needs your attention) and real-time protection should be more than enough for most users.

You’ll only be able to access some of the more advanced features by upgrading to the Premium Bundle X9, including firewall network protection and anti-phishing protection – which are important additions, but not totally necessary. Parents of young children may also be interested in the content blocking feature, complete with a time-limit function to control your children’s time online.

Complete with a 30-day free trial before committing to the annual or two-year license, which works across 1-5 devices, Intego has everything an individual or a family needs in an antivirus program.

2nd Place: Comodo – Best for Extra Features

We like: How versatile Comodo is – it runs on all OS, and has some cool, unexpected features (like the application control and game mode)
We don’t like: Secure storage is only available in the premium plan.

With a clean, easy to use interface and also including an instant virus removal tool, Comodo has a range of interesting features, such as ‘application control’ (ensuring all apps installed and running on a user’s device are healthy and not malicious) and instant file scanning.

Running on Windows, Linux and Mac OS, Comodo is highly versatile – so versatile in fact, that it offers a ‘Game mode’ in which you can easily silence any antivirus quarantine messages and popups when you’re sitting down to play your latest online game. World of Warcraft fans, rejoice!

Comodo’s award-winning firewall and spyware scanning are included as standard across each of their paid plans, with even more advanced secure features (such as 50GB online storage and backup, and 10GB TrustConnect WiFi security) included in its Premium plan.

3rd Place: NANO – Best for Highly Customizable Scanning

We like: How customizable NANO’s scanning options are, the ‘false positive’ vault and how straightforward NANO is to use.
We don’t like: That NANO is only for Windows users.

Maybe you’ve heard of NANO, the Russian antivirus software. Either way, we think you’ll like it: its scheduled scanning menu alone is so customizable, you can easily choose which drives, folders, types of files and more you want to scan, and receive a highly detailed (and deletable) customizable, searchable event log.

NANO is pretty straightforward in its approach to features: you can expect a File Guard (which protects your files 24/7 from any cybersecurity threats – and not only when a scan is run – by which time, it’s often too late). The Web Guard features scans your internet connection and email program to make sure everything connecting to your device is legitimate and protected.

Another cool feature that you don’t often see in an antivirus is the false positive list – those falsely-quarantined programs, which NANO clearly displays and allows you to quarantine. Hey, it’s always better to be too protected, than not protected enough, right?

NANO works on Windows OS only – sorry Mac and Linux fans! – which would be its one drawback.

4th Place: TotalAV – Best for Its Cost-Effective Premium Plan

We like: How cost-effective it is, the included VPN, how thorough the virus detection is.
We don’t like: How long the scans take to complete – even if it’s in the background, if your device is infected, that’s precious time wasted.

TotalAV might not hold the big-name appeal of its rivals McAfee and Kaspersky, but it sure rivals the in terms of its offering!

In fact, it’s one of our best antivirus programs of 2019 for several reasons, mostly due to its cost-effectiveness: a premium plan from Total AV costs about half the price of one with any other big-name alternatives, and includes more features too.

For one thing, TotalAV add in their complimentary VPN, which functions well and is rarely included as standard in other antivirus packages. Otherwise, it also features a solid firewall, protecting your device from incoming attacks – again, this is not a given for other antivirus programs.

Mostly, its flexibility is what attracted our admiration: TotalAV is available on Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android devices! Finally – an antivirus program for every (ok, most) OS user.

5th Place: Avast – Best for Included Ransomware Protection

We like: The phishing, firewall protection and WiFi connection scanner in-one, the included ransomware protection.
We don’t like: That Avast is mainly for Windows users, with a few features available for Mac OS.

Maybe one of the most complete set of antivirus tools on the market, Avast really will keep you protected online. From their powerful virus, spyware, malware and phishing attacks protection, you can be certain that you’ll always be protected from attacks online. In fact, you likely won’t even experience these features, since Avast also analyzes and protects your WiFi connection, meaning that if there’s anything trying to infiltrate your device, it will be caught at the door.

Another great feature of Avast is that it provides ransomware protection too, which is not included as standard on our other best antivirus programs of 2019 list. The Ransomware Shield feature offers a safe, ransomware-free are to store your most sensitive files, and also allows you to choose which programs can open them.

If it all sounds too good to be true, there’s one huge catch: Avast is mostly for Windows users, with some Mac OS features on there too. It’s still one of the best Antivirus programs of 2019…but only for Windows users.

6th Place: AVG – Best for Phishing Protection

We like: How affordable AVG is, and its strong reputation.
We don’t like: The dashboard is a bit hard to navigate at first.

AVG is very highly respected in the Antivirus world, and for good reason: it’s been around for so long that it’s really picked up a thing or two, and evolved over time to give its customers what they really want.

And what they want is protection: protection when they’re connecting online, from ransomware and phishing. Fortunately, AVG offers these features, which not many of the best antiviruses on our list actually do.

AVG is also known as being highly innovative in the face of new attacks: sure, most top antiviruses can keep you protected from the old, well-known malware, but how do they compare in the face of new and as yet unknown threats? According to Virus Bulletin, AVG will catch 99% of these new, potentially devastating attacks

Otherwise, AVG’s firewall will protect you from ransomware (again, this isn’t a standard feature of most top antiviruses, but it is with AVG). It also has a good payment protection feature, which monitors your emails for both spam and scam, and will report these if and when they are found – and will also prevent you from opening them in the first place.

7th Place: Avira – Best Free Antivirus

We like: Avira’s simple setup, and powerful malware removal tool.
We don’t like: It’s a Windows-only Antivirus – sorry, other OS users!

We’ve found that people tend to be a bit wary of Avira, after all, it’s a free Antivirus, and you might think that you get what you pay for.

While that’s certainly true of other things, Avira makes our best antivirus programs of 2019 list for its simple, clean interface and suite of very powerful antivirus features.

Though it will only remove malware (there aren’t any ransomware, phishing or online protection features), it does so very well indeed. Whether you’re running a scan or not, Avira is always running in the background, quietly vetting anything it detects as potentially harmful. It will even find and delete files you never knew existed, but that could have done a fair amount of damage before you even knew it was there.

If it all sounds too good to be true, there’s one slight catch: Avira antivirus is only available for Windows OS. But maybe that’s a good thing – Avira is a solid, focused Antivirus program, and it does what it does – malware protection for Windows users – very well indeed.

8th Place: Bitdefender – Best for Powerful, All-Round Protection

We like: Bitdefender’s flexibility, powerful detection and removal features.
We don’t like: The price – this is one of the more expensive antivirus programs on the market, but for good reason!

You might have heard of Bitdefender, and if so, you’d also know about its powerful antivirus solutions.

With some of the most thorough and detailed ransomware protection on the market – it can even prevent your webcam from being hijacked, it’s just that detailed – Bitdefender’s inclusion on our best antivirus programs of 2019 list is well-deserved.

It’s similar to the other best antiviruses mentioned above, with a few key differences: it takes what the other antiviruses do, and raises the game further. For example, Bitdefender’s behavior scans don’t just check the files on your device; it checks them for suspicious activity. Bitdefender also offers a secure digital vault, meaning you can move those important files in there, and Bitdefender will encrypt them and prevent any changes from being made to those files.

Otherwise, Bitdefender includes one of the most powerful scanners we’ve ever seen – it literally detected and removed every and any virus (new and old) that we tested it on.

Bitdefender is a multi-OS antivirus program, and will work on Windows, iOS and Android devices. It’s a bit pricier than other antivirus programs on the market – but for good reason: it’s more powerful.

9th Place: BullGuard – Best for Speedy Malware Removal

We like: The award-winning malware protection and other cool features.
We don’t like: The lack of ransomware – even though it has other features (that are less important).

If you’ve heard of BullGuard before, it’s likely because of its reputation among the best in the Antivirus industry from industry insiders and leading testing labs.

Its malware detection and removal is so powerful, taking only one minute (and 2% CPU)  to scan everything on a device, and just a few seconds to detect and flag anything potentially troubling.

The features on offer in the paid plan are exciting too, including a vulnerability scanner (checking for risky and insecure files and connections), a powerful firewall and a backup option, where users can backup their important files to a cloud system (it integrates with DropBox, Google Drive and OneDrive).

Other features to watch out for on the paid plan include a PC tuneup – it’s a bit like the tool you remembered as the defragmenter from past Windows models, with added browser cache clearing and system optimizations to make your device run faster and more smoothly.

Otherwise, BullGuard has a parental control feature, which easily imports all user accounts on a device, and gives parents access to templates for permissions based on user ages, whitelists, blacklists – and the ability to set a maximum user period for their children.

Affordable and available on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android OS, BullGuard is one of the best antivirus programs of 2019 for quite a variety of reasons!

10th Place: Malwarebytes – Best for Ease of Use

We like: The simple but powerful features and interface.
We don’t like: The trial version is only available on Windows OS.

Having been around for a while, Malwarebytes has evolved into a really streamlined Antivirus program.

Consisting of several scan ‘types’ – a threat scan, a ‘hyper’ system scan – that are highly customizable (you can turn on the ransomware scanning option, for example), Malwarebytes really digs deep into protecting your device: The real-time protection options alone lists four different types of protection – from connecting to a malicious or compromised website, from exploits (such as zero-day attacks), from malware and from ransomware maliciously encrypting your files. During the scan, if something is discovered, you’ll be alerted by a popup, asking you to take action – whether to safely dispose of a virus from quarantine, for example, or whether to continue to a website that’s possibly a Trojan.

The scans run quickly, taking around 3-4 minutes on average (obviously this depends on how protected or infested your device is). Afterwards, you’ll receive a detailed log of what was scanned, what was discovered, and even a list of Potential Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and Potentially Unwanted Modifications (PUMs).

Malwarebytes is super easy to use, so easy that even the least technologically-savvy user could easily install it and set it up!

While there’s a 14-day free trial, Malwarebytes’ real value comes from its deep scanning features – which aren’t available to free members after their trial has ended.

It’s available on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS, and in our opinion, is well worth the price.

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