It's never been more important to protect your online life, what with the working and studying from home culture that's resulted from the spread of the ongoing pandemic. With more and more of us spending a lot more time online, finding the best antivirus solution – ideally at great prices – has become quite important.
There are a range of great antivirus solutions available to protect your devices and, here at TechRadar, our security experts carry out ongoing testing in order to track down the absolute best antivirus suites on offer.
Finding the suite you want is just the first step, however, and with cybersecurity an ongoing expense – especially now that many of us are working from home – it can be costly if you're not careful. In order to help you save on your security costs, we’ve created this page to list the current antivirus deals on offer from the big antivirus brands.
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Current antivirus offers
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (opens in new tab) | AU$28 per year (was AU$69.99, save AU$42)
Bitdefender's top seller is back to its lowest price of just AU$28 a year, last seen mid 2020. That's 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 devices.
Bitdefender Total Security (opens in new tab) | AU$48 per year (was AU$119.99, save AU$72)
If your family uses devices ranging across Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, this complete package will protect them all. You’ll be able to protect up to five devices and get 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.
Bitdefender Internet Security (opens in new tab) | AU$40 per year (was AU$99.99, save AU$60)
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.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac (opens in new tab) | AU$29.99 per year (was AU$49.99, save AU$20)
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. You can protect up to three macOS devices and protect yourself from ransomware attacks and block adware with this solution.
Bitdefender Small Office Security (opens in new tab) | AU$99.98 (was AU$199.99, save AU$70)
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$100 off on the Small Office Security package. You can protect up to 10 machines running Windows, macOS, Android or iOS, and keep your system from being exploited by vulnerabilities.
Avast Premium Security (opens in new tab) | from AU$49.99 (was AU$89.99, save AU$40)
This particular package is for a whopping of 10 devices across different platforms, making it one of the most economical options on this page. Avast's solution works on Windows, Macs, Android and iOS devices, so your entire family and their machines can be protected.
However, if you don't think you'll be using the Avast Premium Security across multiple devices, then there is a pack for a single Mac machine which is currently discounted to AU$39.99 for an annual subscription, saving you AU$30 for the year.
Norton AntiVirus Plus (opens in new tab) | AU$39.99 (was AU$69.99, save AU$30)
Norton's popular AntiVirus Plus is number two on our list of top antivirus software with 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 $30 off the regular RRP. That's $5 more than what it was previously and this package 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.
McAfee Total Protection (opens in new tab) | from AU$39.95 per year (was AU$94.95, save AU$55)
One of the more popular names when it comes to antivirus solutions, McAfee has a similar package to Bitdefender’s Total Security at a lower price, despite the company having increased the RRP by AU$10. If you use just the one device, then all you pay for an annual licence is under AU$40 – saving AU$55. However if you have several devices at home we'd recommend the McAfee Total Protection subscription for up to 10 devices, which is of better value, coming in at AU$89.95 per year. That said, we'd recommend you keep an eye on our antivirus deals as the price of this software has dropped to about AU$25 in the past and could do so again.
AVG Internet Security Unlimited (opens in new tab) | AU$59.99 per year (was AU$109.99; save AU$50)
It might seem like one of the more expensive offers in our round-up, but AVG's Internet Security solution has no limit to the number of devices you can use it on. Protect as many devices as you need for no extra cost and get AU$50 off in the process. That makes this one of the best value offers currently available with about 45% discount that's almost as good as the offer we saw during EOFY.
Panda Dome Advanced (opens in new tab) | AU$49.79 per year (was AU$82.99, save AU$37.20)
For 40% 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 (opens in new tab) | AU$35.39 per year (was AU$58.99, save AU$23.04)
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 Total Security (opens in new tab) | from AU$29.95 (was AU$59.95, save AU$30)
Whether you want to secure just a single device or multiple, Kaspersky has you covered with its Total Security software. With this package, you can protect all the devices you and your family use, be they macOS, Windows or mobile. There's also a VPN built in. In case you’re not sure whether this solution is for you, there is a 30-day trial period. This package isn't always half price, so if this solution is something you might need, best to snap it up when the going is good.
Trend Micro Device Security Basic (opens in new tab) | from AU$69 per year (was AU$89, save AU$20)
It’s one of the more expensive options available, but despite that high price, you get complete protection against ransomware and viruses, plus adds 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.
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.