It's extremely important to stay safe while browsing online, especially if you find yourself browsing the web frequently. Thankfully, there's some fantastic antivirus deals that you can snatch up from well-known brands such as Bitdefender, Norton and many more that can help to keep your PC free of viruses and malware.
While there’s no shortage of antivirus software options, not all are created equal. Here at TechRadar, we’ve tracked down the best antivirus suites on offer, so you can improve your home’s cybersecurity and protect your family when using the internet.
Regardless of whether you jump online for school, work or recreation, finding the right antivirus suite can set you back a pretty penny. So here’s the best deals across a variety of antivirus suites to help keep your data secure without breaking the bank.
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Current antivirus offers
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus |
AU$69.99 AU$35 per year (save AU$34.99)
Bitdefender's top seller regularly drops to just under AU$30, but right now you can pick up a yearly plan for AU$35 p/a. That's still excellent value for money for one of the best antivirus packages you can get. It’s quite accurate when it comes to virus detection and effectively blocks access to malicious sites. It also has a password manager which auto-completes credit card details and can be used across three Windows PC devices.
If you and your family uses devices with various operating systems including Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, this complete package will protect them all. You’ll be able to protect up to five devices and set up parental controls for any machine your kids use. This, too, like the Antivirus Plus listed above, has dropped in price, so if you're on the hunt for a great all-purpose package, this is a brilliant bargain.
Exclusively for Windows PCs, this solution adds to the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus package with a parental advisor, making it a great package for families with young children. It covers up to three devices and offers the usual anti-spam filters, firewall and file encryption features.
For those who are locked into Apple’s ecosystem and don’t own a Windows machine, then this might be the best option for you. At this price, you'll get coverage for one device, but you can pay AU$49.98 to get coverage for up to three macOS devices and benefit from protection against ransomware attacks, as well as being able to block adware.
Own a small business? The solution you need will be slightly different to what a home-use PC will require and Bitdefender has you covered with a smashing AU$60 off on the Small Office Security package. You can protect up to 10 machines running Windows, macOS, Android or iOS, and prevent any work-related systems and processes from being exploited by vulnerabilities.
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Avast Premium Security |
AU$99.99 from AU$69.99 (save AU$30)
This particular package offers protection for a whopping 10 devices running various operating systems, making it one of the most economical options on this page. Avast's solution works on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices, so your entire family and their machines can be protected. There's even a 60-day free trial to test it out.
Norton AntiVirus Plus |
AU$75.99 AU$49.99 (save AU$26)
Norton's popular AntiVirus Plus is number two on our list of top antivirus software for good reason: it's easy to use but still has advanced options for those who want them, is rated highly by AV testing labs, and is light on system resource use. This deal knocks $26 off the regular RRP, but is only for a single device. So if you'd like something more cost effective for multiple devices, Bitdefender's corresponding product might be a better option.
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One of the more popular names when it comes to antivirus solutions, McAfee has a similar package to Bitdefender’s Total Security, and although it comes at a higher price, we’ve seen some great discounts on this suite before. Right now, there is a AU$35 saving for the Basic plan that protects one device for one year, but if you need protection for more devices the Premium plan will set you back AU$89.95, saving AU$115 off that first year. We recommend waiting for a further discount on McAfee however, as it’s been known to go down to as low as AU$25 in the past.
AVG used to offer an Internet Security Unlimited plan that protected any number of devices under one plan. However, it has since scaled back that option, and now the AVG Internet Security suite can only be used for up to 10 devices. Currently priced at AU$47.99, you’re saving AU$68 for the first year of use. Given that McAfee’s similar plan is valued at AU$89.95, that’s a pretty good deal for multi-device protection. If you need cover for iOS devices as well, there’s the AVG Ultimate plan option, which is on sale for AU$67.99 per year instead.
Panda Dome Advanced |
AU$82.99 AU$41.49 per year (save AU$41.50)
For 50% off, you get virus and ransomware protection, a filter for malicious websites and the ability to safely shop and bank online. There’s also a VPN for anonymous browsing and parental controls. This price, though, only protects a single PC.
Panda Dome Essential Antivirus |
AU$58.99 AU$29.49 per year (save AU$29.50)
This is a more basic solution as compared to Panda Dome Advanced, but protects you with a firewall, works on both Windows and Mac machines, or on smartphones. The only difference between the two is that the Essential package doesn’t come with parental controls.
Kaspersky Premium |
AU$113.95 from AU$44.95 (save AU$69)
Kaspersky Premium offers protection for up to 20 devices, with plans ranging from AU$44.95 per year for a five devices, up to AU$56.95 per year for the full 20-device offering. The latter’s great value if you have a lot of devices that need protecting, and even comes with a VPN, password manager and Kaspersky Safe Kids included. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles of the Premium suite, Kaspersky also has a Standard plan starting at AU$34.95 per year, or Plus for AU$41.95 per year, with the Plus plan also offering a VPN included for no additional fee.
For AU$69 you get complete protection against ransomware and viruses, plus a password manager and parental controls for all your devices, including mobiles. Note that this is the basic package. If you need the use of a VPN or want additional features like dark web monitoring and protection for other smart devices, you can opt for the Pro or Ultimate packages.
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Do you need antivirus?
It’s the digitally connected age – everyone uses at least one electronic device (most have multiple) to communicate with the wider world, be it a laptop, a desktop PC or a mobile phone. We use them to send and receive emails, shop online and stay in touch via social media. As a result there’s a staggering amount of data going through our devices, including personal and financial information.
It’s a veritable smorgasbord of targets for cyber criminals looking to steal this data and, let’s face it, we’re nowhere near controlling the threat from the hackers plaguing the internet. In fact, cyber crime has grown each year, and when you add all that up, it means that it's more important than ever to protect our computers and mobile phones.
While being aware of the threat is an important factor in reducing the chance of getting infected, even the most wary users can still inadvertently find themselves infected. And, if you're part of a multi-device household that includes users of varying technological savvy, then protecting all your devices with one subscription is a worthwhile investment.
Today's commercial antivirus suites offer the most thorough levels of protection you can buy and typically bundle in both multi-device and multiplatform support, so they'll shield not just your Windows PCs, but Apple Macs, Android handsets and iPhones, or tablets too.
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