The short answer is yes, but not for the reasons you might think. One of the more common computer security related questions encountered online is if average users need to use paid antivirus software or if they can get by with free software only. With Microsoft offering Windows Defender entirely free and as a built-in feature of Windows 8 and Windows 10, it seems like the case for third party premium antivirus products has become harder and harder to make. Moreover, most antivirus companies offer some form of free antivirus, which protects against most security threats, but that comes with limited functionality.
The advantage of switching over from Windows Defender to a third party program can include a friendlier UI, better overall protection scores, simpler customization options, and a lower impact on performance and resources.
To address these concerns, premium internet security software has evolved beyond being simple antivirus or anti-malware. It’s all about added perks and all-in-one capabilities. In addition to stronger overall antivirus protection, products like Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 offer a suite of benefits which could eliminate the need for purchasing other software.
It includes a tune-up utility, startup optimization, two-way firewall, parental control, secured transactions, improved privacy, and smarter technology that adjusts your PC’s resource allocation depending on what you are doing with it. You basically get a finer degree of control over what happens with your computer.
Premium antivirus software can also be customized to cover more than 1 PC, or a number of different devices (PCs, laptops, tablets, phones), with overall management being carried out on a per-account basis. For portable devices, anti-theft capabilities are often included in premium offers. If you’re part of a family and interested in securing multiple devices in your household, including those of your kids, you might want to consider getting a premium product. If this sounds all too complicated, fear not.
Most reputable companies offer technical support and are willing to help you pick out the best product for your needs and even walk you through the installation process if need be. The main drawback of premium products is that they function on a yearly subscription basis, although companies often offer discounts, bonuses and special promos for returning customers.