The best antivirus software can ensure that your devices are secure from ransomware, malware and phishing. It also shields you from spyware that monitors your browsing history as well as passwords, and can prevent data breaches from affecting your personal data. There are a myriad of programs available, and many are more expensive than you’d like to pay.

We’ve tested more than 300 of them to discover the most effective virus protection for the budget. We’ve looked for dependable and user-friendly software that is able to keep you protected without slowing down your computer or deterring you from using it. We’ve also made sure that the software updates its malware database frequently.

Top packages include a full set of anti-malware tools and also additional features like a VPN as well as password manager and parental controls. Some offer a dark web monitoring service which checks if your email address, credit card number or any other personal information have been accessed by a shady person.

Norton 360 is our winner. It provides outstanding all-round security that has excellent malware detection rates and amazing additional features like a password manager. It also offers live monitoring of the dark web and cloud backups.

It’s one of the few security programs available for Macs (most other products only cover Windows PCs). In tests conducted by the independent lab AV Comparatives it performed well. It’s not cheap at PS2/month however, there’s a no-cost trial.