Top 3 anti-virus software on a budget

Top 3 anti-virus software on a budget
Madison Brown

Madison Brown

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It seems like every other month, a new anti-virus software is being released, and sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down what you need. Just when you think you’ve finally found a program that’ll prevent those annoying emails from a prince living in some foreign country asking you to help him reroute his fortune, it turns out that the protection doesn’t come cheap – at all. We’re here to help you by giving our top three picks for anti-virus software that won’t break the bank.

Top 3 anti-virus programs on a budget

1. McAfee AntiVirus Plus

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McAfee is a top product, offering complete protection for not just your PC, but your smartphone and tablet, too. Some of the things that are included in your kit are:

  • Safe Web Browsing – warnings of an unsafe website or link before you click
  • Cross Platform access – control the amount of protection for all of your devices from one place
  • Password Manager – manage all of your passwords directly from one app
  • Free customer support

All of that comes for $19.99 for the first year for up to 10 devices. The best part is that you can test drive before you buy with a 30-day free trial. Once it’s over, you can take your pick from the Plus or their other kits starting with a year’s full protection for one device for $54.99, and getting cheaper until you reach protection for 10 devices at $44.99 for the year.

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2. AVG AntiVirus

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AVG is probably one of the most popular software programs out now. What makes AVG a favorite is that it has a free option available for PC, Android, and Mac. The basic gets you the essentials for free, including:

  • Stopping viruses, spyware, and other malware
  • Blocking risky downloads, attachments, and links
  • Real-time security updates to let you know what’s happening as it happens


If you’re not on a super tight budget, it’s worth checking out what AVG Internet Security gives you. It has everything that you get with the free package, but also includes:

  • Scanning for performance issues
  • Protection from stealth watching using your webcam
  • Hacker protection with Advanced Firewall
  • AntiVirus PRO for Android

AVG is a solid choice for both students with a limited income and those who can shell out a bit more for the full protection. $79.99 gets you a full year, and also offers a free 30-day trial.

3. Kaspersky AntiVirus

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Kaspersky revamped their programs for 2018 making them easier to use and added extra layers of protection. Here’s what you get with Kaspersky’s coverage:

  • Protection against malware, ransomware, and other cyber security attacks
  • Security for your private and personal information saved on all devices
  • Safe transactions with banking and shopping protection
  • Simple security management with total control from one place

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Protection can cover any of your devices – Android, iOS, PC, and Mac. There are monthly subscriptions for smaller protection coverages like Kaspersky Secure Connection starting at $4.99 per month, and after that handy 30-day free trial you have a number of packages to choose from, starting with one PC at $39.95 for an entire year.

Madison Brown

Madison Brown

Madison Brown is a Social Media and Tech Journalist for Softonic. In her spare time she likes keeping up with the newest and best in technology and gaming.

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