Summary of “The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus: Reviews by Wirecutter”

We set out to do a standard Wirecutter guide to the best antivirus app, so we spent months researching products, reading reports from independent testing labs and institutions, and consulting experts on safe computing.
After all that, we learned that most people should neither pay for a traditional antivirus suite, such as McAfee, Norton, or Kaspersky, nor use free programs like Avira, Avast, or AVG. The “Best antivirus” for most people to buy, it turns out, is not a traditional antivirus package.
Every information security expert we talked to agreed that most people shouldn’t pay for a traditional antivirus suite: The virus and malware protection built into Windows and macOS, combined with good habits, are enough for most people.
Although each expert we interviewed had their own preferred solutions to the endless stream of computer threats, none recommended buying a traditional antivirus app.
Vulnerabilities: The nature of how antivirus apps provide protection is a problem.
Performance: Antivirus software is notorious for slowing down computers, blocking the best security features of other apps, popping up with distracting reminders and upsells for subscriptions or updates, and installing potentially insecure add-ons such as browser extensions without clearly asking for permission.
All the experts we spoke to recommended that most people stick to Defender as their antivirus app on Windows.
While Windows Defender serves as a traditional system-protecting antivirus layer, Malwarebytes Premium protects you from newer threats not traditionally spread by email, USB drives, or other old-fashioned avenues.

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