What you want from antivirus software is all-round protection that keeps your data safe no matter which device, app or web browser you're using.
From worms and Trojans to ransomware and phishing scams, a top-notch antivirus package can prevent them all, and some can help protect your identity as well. So it's worth having the best you can get.
Put simply, antivirus software isn't optional any more. The risk of your computer becoming infected with something nasty - and stealing your data or holding it to ransom - is simply too great not to use it.
Fortunately, you don't have to pay full price as we've rounded up the best discounts to be found right now.
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. Take a look at our best antivirus chart for more.
1. Norton 360 Deluxe - 1 Year, 5 Devices
Now: £29.99 (£55 off)
Norton 360 Deluxe provides all-round security for up to 5 PCs, Macs, phones and tablets. It's currently top of our roundup of the best antivirus software.
Like many security companies, Norton offers a big discount for the first 12 months and if you use all five licenses it works out at just £6 each with the current offer. After that, the renewal price is £84.99.
2. Bitdefender Total Security - 1 Year, 5 Devices
Now: £19.99 (£50 off)
Bitdefender is consistently rated as one of the best options for protecting your Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices, and this deal allows you to use your subscription on five computers, phones or tablets.
It's rated Advanced+ (the top score) by AV-Comparatives and gives you excellent anti-malware protection against the latest threats.
3. BullGuard Premium Protection - 1 Year, 10 Devices
Now: £28 (60% off)
BullGuard Premium offers protection for up to 10 devices for 1 year.
A discount of 60%, brings the price down to £28. That's just £2.80 per device per year.
4. McAfee Total Protection 2021 - 1 Year, 10 Devices
Now: £39.99 (£50 off)
If you have quite a few devices to protect, you'll like this deal on McAfee Total Protection 2021. This is the latest version, and certainly the best yet.
The subscription can used on laptops, phones, Macs and any other supported device, and if you use all 10, then you'll be paying just £3.99 per device.
5. Panda Dome Essential 2021 - 1 Year, 1 Device
From: Panda Security
Now: £20 (40% off)
Panda Dome Essentials includes top-rated antivirus protection, plus a VPN (albeit with only 150MB of data to use per day).
As well as Windows, it will protect Mac and Android devices and if this single-license offer doesn't work for you, there's a three-device license which is only £18.80, which is of course only £6.27 per device.
The latter is 60% off the usual price for a year's protection.
6. Trend Micro Internet Security - 1 Year, 3 Devices
From: Trend Micro
Now: £24.95 (50% off)
Trend Micro's online protection for up to three devices is available with 50% off right now for one year.
Antivirus deals: What to look for
Antivirus software detects, and then prevents, disarms or removes malicious programs and malware, often referred to as ‘viruses’. But as we've said, security software is no longer just about countering viruses. It's also about the security of personal data and protection from ransomware.
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 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 really help to ensure that even the most sophisticated attacks get nowhere near your devices.
Antivirus discounts are plentiful, often with more than 50% off. Sometimes these discounts are just for the first year, so it is worth checking when those 12 months are up rather than paying full price for the second year. It's a bit like switching energy providers, although the protection and feature do differ between packages so price isn't the only consideration.
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.
There are some deals available in the January sales. If you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.
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