Download Protection - Best Software & Apps

  • Folder Password Lock Pro

    10.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Software for Enhanced Folder Protection and Privacy

    9
    933 votes
    • PROS: Quick and simple setup., Active folder monitoring and alerts., Compatibility with external hard drives.
    • CONS: One password for all folders could potentially present a security risk., A price of (approximately) 32 pounds is a bit high when compared to similar folder protection software packages.
  • Windows Defender

    1593

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Spyware protection for free

    7
    2725 votes
    • AVG AntiVirus Free

      18.8.4084

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Computer protection made easy

      8
      20763 votes
      • PROS: Ideal for inexpert users, Simple to navigate, Great level of protection
      • CONS: No webcam protection, Payments protection not included for free
    • Kaspersky Anti-Virus

      19.0.0.1088

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      The ultimate protection against viruses

      8
      9174 votes
      • PROS: Clear and user-friendly interface, Very powerful engine, Recovery features (rollback), Highly configurable, Improved performance
      • CONS: Long Installation, Memory consumption could be improved, Not many essential new features
    • OkayFreedom VPN

      1.8.3.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free private browsing and torrent service

      8
      235 votes
      • PROS: Free option , Great service
      • CONS: Extremely limited basic package , One user accounts
    • 360 Total Security

      10.2.0.1197

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Multiple engine antivirus protection

      8
      3263 votes
      • PROS: Free and complete, Good interface, Uninstrusive
      • CONS: Turning on all antivirus engines uses a lot of RAM, Clean and Speed Up tools must be used with care
    • McAfee AntiVirus Plus

      2017

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Premium Antivirus Protection from the World Leader

      7
      1202 votes
      • PROS: Includes firewall, web and email protection, and more, Good AV database, Download on all your devices, Extra tools: file shredder and defragmenter
      • CONS: History of sub-par performance, Expensive
    • Wise Folder Hider

      4.23.158

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Software for Data Protection

      8
      114 votes
      • PROS: Provides double password protection, Hides all USB drives
      • CONS: Support has to be paid for, No external hard drive
    • Steganos Password Manager

      19.01.01

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Steganos Password Manager

      9
      105 votes
      • PROS: Encrypts passwords, Easy to organize accounts, Can save passwords to portable devices
      • CONS: Auto-fill doesn't work in Firefox
    • Steganos Online Shield VPN

      3.0.0

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Android

      Combined Protection and Anonymity

      9
      7 votes
      • PROS: Made with modern OpenVPN standards, Access websites blocked by region, Steganos’s worldwide high-speed servers, Supports 3G, 4G, EDGE, GPRS, and LTE
      • CONS: More features available upon subscription, May have difficulty on connecting to Steganos servers, May not provide multiple server regions, Lacks support for non-European networks
    • McAfee Total Protection

      2017

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A virus and malware checker and remover for multiple devices

      7
      456 votes
      • PROS: The virus and malware database is kept up to date by the developers, It has a file shredder for full and permanent erasures, There is a money-back guarantee if the software cannot remove your virus, The Firewall is a strong and modern one
      • CONS: Many of the tools can be found with other paid virus and malware checkers Virus Protection Pledge (VPP) only applies to auto-renewal customers
    • VyprVPN

      2.12.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      VyprVPN – Best free VPN service to unblock sites, wifi hotspot privacy protection, and Internet security.

      10
      2 votes
      • Avast Secure Browser

        69.1.852.101

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Protection from nastiness and nosiness, every page you browse

        7
        123 votes
        • PROS: Easy to use., Very safe and secure., Works about as well as other browsers in most cases.
        • CONS: Does not have some smaller features (such as certain text encodings).
      • Quick Heal Anti-Virus

        2011 2010

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Up-to-date antivirus protection for your PC

        7
        1833 votes
        • PROS: Generate reports on everything, Command line options, Real-time protection, Various scan options
        • CONS: Convoluted installation process, Requires other security products to be uninstalled
      • TotalAV Essential Antivirus

        1.24.22

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Slow but steady antivirus

        6
        33 votes
        • PROS: Simple interface, Colorful design, Scan is functional, Has a lot of features
        • CONS: Install takes a while, Additional downloads required, Only virus scan available in free version, Interface response is slow
      • eScan Internet Security Suite

        eScan Internet Security Suite 11.0.1139.1150_

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Privacy protection for your PC

        7
        57 votes
        • PROS: Tons of features, Simple interface, Colorful, crisp graphics buttons
        • CONS: Can be problematic in set up, Resource heavy, Crashes and freezes often
      • Norton Internet Security

        22.9

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows
        iPhone

        An online security protection suite from Symantec

        7
        3882 votes
        • PROS: Complete suite , Usable and easy to configure , Powerful scan engine , Includes a startup manager, Protects personal data, passwords and credit cards
        • CONS: Installation a bit long , Some advanced features are hidden
      • Hide My IP

        varies-with-device

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Android

        A free app for Windows, by Hide-my-ip

        10
        1 vote
        • Symantec™ Endpoint Protection

          Small Business Edition

          License
          buy Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Symantec™ Endpoint Protection - Protect your devices from intrusion

          4
          9 votes
          • PROS: Light on system resources, Keeps your system secure with auto updates, Scalable solutions, Fast system scans
          • CONS: Slows systems down during scanning procedures, Can sometimes block friendly files from running, Slows down network performance, Initial set up can be a bit tricky
        • USB Protection Tool

          1.0.0.0

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          USB Protection Tool - Secure your USB drives, for free!

          8
          8 votes
          • PROS: Protects USB drives from unauthorized access, Advanced security settings such as registry protection, Easy to use interface, Protects computer from unauthorized access
          • CONS: Application can slow your computer down slightly, Setting up of advanced features can be complicated, Not compatible with all USB devices, Can cause data corruption in some cases
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