Internet Security Software Vendors List
Updated 04/14/2020
An alphabetical list
(Click a logo to go to website)

View Recommendations
See Antivirus Software Reviews
About Ransomeware
Device Theft Remedy


Free and Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Paid Software


Free and Paid Software



Recommendations for Security (antivirus) Software

Free antivirus programs:

    For low-resource PCs - Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows 7, now unsupported) or
Microsoft Defender Antivirus, which is preinstalled on Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft Defender has been improved substantially over the past few years since its introduction as Windows Defender. Malware detection rates are close to being on par with other free commercial antivirus programs. In addition Microsoft Defender is the only free antivirus that includes any kind of Ransomeware protection.
    Note: Microsoft Defender will not activate if any other third-party antivirus programs are installed on a Windows 10 PC. Remove any installed third-party antivirus program(s) and restart your PC if you wish to use Microsoft Defender.

    However if you would rather install a free commercial antivirus program for most PCs, BitDefender Free, Ad Aware Free, Panda Free antivirus and Kaspersky Free Cloud are all excellent quality programs.

Note: Free Antivirus software is licensed for home (non-commercial) use only.

    For more powerful PCs. Avast Free Antivirus, Avira Free, and AVG Free antivirus are okay. Any of which can be installed very easily with ninite.com.

My two favorite free third-party antivirus programs are BitDefender and Kaspersky.

Paid antivirus Suites:
If you're paying, be sure your choice includes ransomeware protection!

    For most PCs - BitDefender Total Security, McAfee Total Protection, Eset Internet Security, Webroot SecureAnywhere, and Trend Micro Maximum Security are all highly rated and effective programs. If none of these suits you there are others with trial versions you can test for free.

    For PCs with more powerful processors Norton Security Premium is a perennial top performer and Kaspersky Total Security is also near the top.

Free and Paid Antivirus Scanner Software:

    If you need a good on-demand antivirus scanner look no further than Malwarebytes Free Version. Malwarebytes also has an excellent, if pricy, paid version.
    Comodo Cleaning Essentials is also pretty good and can be run from a flash drive.
    Also, SuperAntiSpyware Free is great for cleaning out some spyware that even Malwarebytes can miss. As with Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware also has a paid version.



CNET - Best antivirus protection for Windows 10

LifeWire - Best Free Antivirus Software

PC Magazine - Best Security Suites

PC World Magazine - Best Antivirus

Tom's Guide - Antivirus Reviews


Should you pay the Ransomeware Ransome?
    Or should you try to Decrypt using two free tools you can use to decrypt your files without paying?
No More Ransom
ID Ransomware
Note: Just as the crooks may or may not send you a valid decryption key that may or may not decrypt your files if you pay them, these tools may work or they may not.

Nothing is sure with Ransomeware except that you are much more likely to get your files back if you back them up properly.

    What are you to do if your PC (laptop, ipad, iphone, android phone, etc.) is stolen? If you have installed software that tracks the device you may be able to get it back and catch the thief as well. (Assuming your local law enforcement has the resources) But, if you haven’t installed any such software then you will probably be out of luck.