Antivirus is one of those necessities that you’ll hate spending money on. You’ll be pleased to hear that there are bargains to be found, particularly right now thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that have continued into December. Here, we bring you the very best antivirus deals to help save you money, and expert advice about which antivirus you should buy.

Best antivirus deals right now

We’ll only share deals if we think they’re good enough to be worth buying, so anything we recommend here will be a great saving on a service we trust.

1. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 - 1 Year, 3 Devices

From: Bitdefender

Was: £39.99

Now: £25.99  (£14 off)

A great entry-level security package for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android at an amazing price. You'll also find 35% off Bitdefender's more serious antivirus products including the chart-topping Total Security.

2. Norton Security Deluxe

From: Norton by Symantec

Was: £69.99

Now: £29.99  (57% off)

Get 57% off a year of Norton Security Deluxe, which you can use to protect up to 5 PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets.

3. BullGuard Premium Protection - 1 Year, 10 Devices

From: BullGuard

Was: £69.95

Now: £27.98  (60% off)

BullGuard Premium offers protection for up to 10 devices for 1 year. This is a great price for a top-notch security package.

4. Sophos Home Premium - 1 Year, 10 Devices

From: Sophos

Was: £40

Now: £28  (30% off)

Sophos Home Premium makes an appearance in our best antivirus chart, and with 30% off for up to 10 devices it's an appealing choice.

5. Avast Ultimate Bundle

From: Avast

Was: £169.96

Now: £89.99  (£79.97 off)

Save nearly £80 with this deal which includes Avast Premier, SecureLine, Cleanup Premium and Passwords Premium. 

Antivirus deals: What to look for

Unless you’ve got some sort of security software installed, your PC, laptop or mobile device is vulnerable. Antivirus software detects, and then prevents, disarms or removes malicious programs and malware, often referred to as ‘viruses’.

But security software is no longer just about countering viruses. Also important (arguably more so) is the security of personal data and protection from ransomware.

Here's a step-by-step guide explaining how to install antivirus on your laptop or PC.

Check that the antivirus software you’re buying has ransomware protection built-in, and it’s also worth looking out for the ability to detect zero-day attacks, which occur when the malware is so new that it hasn’t yet been analysed by security companies. This may be bolstered by a cloud element or artificial intelligence, which can help keep your antivirus in line with the latest viruses that have hit the web.

You can find out more about antivirus and our pick of the top ten packages available for your tech in our round-up of the best antivirus. Our current favourite for Windows is Bitdefender Total Security 2019.

Antivirus discounts are plentiful, often with more than 50% off for your Mac, PC or mobile device. Sometimes these discounts are available on the websites of the antivirus providers themselves in the form of a digital download, but you can also find cheap boxed versions of the software from the likes of Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World.

Antivirus student deals

If you’re a student, be sure to check out Tech Advisor’s Student Beans page. There, you can benefit from massive discounts from some of our favourite antivirus brands for school, college or university.