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Last updated: 18 March 2022


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Computer viruses and other malware are ever-increasing threats to security and privacy. We lab test and review the latest software for Windows and Mac to help you find the best desktop computer antivirus and internet security solution for you.

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Our test covers desktop security programs for Windows PCs, including free software and Microsoft's built-in Windows Defender, plus Mac computers.

Our expert testers give every antivirus software program a thorough workout to help find the programs that:

  • are best at protecting you from malware
  • are the easiest to set up and use
  • have the lowest impact on your device performance.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands provide key security features such as anti-phishing protection and parental controls. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which programs come out on top.

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    Price as of March 2022 (check websites for discounted offers). Where applicable, prices have been converted to Australian dollars.

    Pricing will depend on the number of devices and number of years of the licence for each product. Note that these can vary with each product. Where possible we have priced at 3-users for 1-year, but some software doesn't have a this option. Some products may offer up to 10 users per licence. Carefully check the number of users and years on the vendor's website before purchase.

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    Mac version

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    This software runs on macOS.

      Windows version

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      If the program runs on Windows (testing was done using Windows 10).


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        Protects against unsolicited commercial (junk) email distributed on a large scale and often part of a scam.


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          Protects against software that secretly gathers information about a computer user or organisation.


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            Protects against fraudulent attempts to lure users to reveal credit card details, account passwords and personal information by impersonating a trusted financial institution or service.

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              • Protection score
              • Ease of use score
              • System impact score
              • Good points
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              • Price
              • Number of devices
              • Number of years (licence)
              • Anti-malware
              • Anti-spyware
              • Anti-phishing
              • Anti-ransomware
              • Anti-spam
              • Flags phishing URLs
              • Parental controls
              • Virtualised browsing
              • Check for OS applications updates
              • Password protection of settings
              • Can create bootable USB key
              • Windows version
              • Mac version
              • Version number tested


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