Best Windows 8.1 Antivirus Software According to Lab Tests

By: Radu Tyrsina
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A while ago, I was saying that the built-in Windows Defender was a good enough antivirus solution for my Windows 8.1 system, but if you are in need of a real security protection, then you need to know which are the best antivirus software for Windows 8.1
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The search for the best free or paid antivirus software has been going on for years and years; and it’s pretty hard to decide a winner. Now, independent test lab AV-TEST has conducted a new research tryin to determine which are the best anti-virus software solutions for Windows 8.1 users. AV-TTEST has compared anti-virus software for business and consumer users, as well. Here’s what they said:

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Lab results try to show which is the best Windows 8.1 antivirus

During November and December 2013 we continuously evaluated 25 home user security products using their default settings. We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.

AV-Test has generated scores for protection, performance and usability, with each score ranging from 0 to 6 and making a total score. Protection means how well the antiviruses blocked malware, a score of 6 means 100 percent of malware or almost 100 percent got blocked. Performance measures the product’s impact on the system speed. So, here are some charts (pictures via Zdnet) that show which was the best antivirus solution in their opinion.

Best antivirus for Windows 8.1 business

best windows 8 antivirusAs you can see for yourself, Bitdefender‘s Endpoint Security and Trend Micro’s Office Scans are the best to use, followed closely by the Kaspersky Lab Endpoint Security Solution. 18 is the perfect score, but BitDefender didn’t manage to get a perfect score in Protection while Trend Micro achieved 5.5 in Performance. Microsoft’s own System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 was the last one.

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This is a bigger graphic, but we see that BitDefender is again the winner here, with its Internet Security 2014 anti-virus software solution. Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2014 has managed to obtain the same score, being closely followed by Avira Internet Security 2014. Kingsoft’s Antivirus 2013 and AhnLab’s solution were on the last places.

Best Antivirus in 2018 for Windows 8.1 and 10: which one to choose

Since the article was written, many antivirus software has been upgraded and updated with optional features in order to keep your Windows 8.1 and 10 PC safe from all incoming threats. VPN included, smart scanning and systematic updates have raised PC security to another level. Here are some of the best Antivirus for 2018 and some articles for those who need an antivirus for a special purpose:

And here are some articles you might be interested in:

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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