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What To Look For When Buying Antivirus Software

With so many options on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming when first buying antivirus software for your business. We’ve rounded up the main things you need to consider when investing in antivirus.

Written by Adam Bovan

August 2019

Do I need to pay for antivirus software?

In short, yes. If you’re buying antivirus software for your business, we’d recommend spending some cash on it.

The one advantage of free antivirus is its minimal impact on your bank balance, but the benefits sort of stop there.

Paid-for versions boast a more comprehensive level of protection against a broad spectrum of malicious activity, such as viruses, malware, phishing scams and spyware. It usually offers a more extensive suite of tools, giving you a better capacity to protect your whole network at a higher level.

Will antivirus slow my device down?

Thanks to advancements in technology, your antivirus shouldn’t noticeably slow down your device.

However, you need to make sure your software isn’t compromising performance and protection for the sake of speed. It should work fast and still protect you from malware and antivirus.

What sort of things does good antivirus software protect from?

Antivirus software should, of course, protect you from well-known viruses and malware. But, don’t forget about the other, often overlooked, threats out there like harmful downloads and malware hidden in emails and messages.

You need to look for antivirus software with a high malware detection rate that stops more than 95% of malicious software.

Do I need antivirus software on my phone and tablet?

Nowadays, we work on many different devices, laptops, desktop computers, mobile phones and tablets. You need to make sure your antivirus software works with all the devices you own, or at least the ones you use for business purposes.

What antivirus software is good for businesses?


Bitdefender protects over 500 million people across the world and is a great choice if you require a solution with a number of safeguarding features. The software shields you from malware and malicious activity, offers security for a number of devices and even defends you against theft.


Another quality software that has its own business package is WebRoot. The cloud-based tool scans and scores the internet three times a day in order to protect customers from the latest threats.


ESET splits their packages into three: for the home, for small offices and for business. The small office option is fantastic for startups that work on several types of devices, whilst the business option can be tailored to suit larger firms with servers and multiple desktops.

For more information about protecting your business against online threats and boosting your cybersecurity, please contact a member of our team. 

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