Best small business antivirus software 2018

by Julie Splinters - -

Cyber attacks targeting small businesses are increasing rapidly. However, according to Manta’s research[1], only a few small business owners believe that they are at risk.

Best small business antivirus 2018

Small businesses are appealing to hackers because they usually have a moderate amount of sensitive data with minimal security. It is worth to mention that according to Verizon 2018 Bata Breach Investigation Report[2], 58% of malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses in 2018.

This article will provide you with a list of best Internet security and antivirus software to protect small businesses.

Our top choice is Kaspersky Small Office Security due to its excellent rates in antivirus protection, performance, and usability. It is a great choice for small businesses that aim to protect 5 to 25 computers. It also includes mobile and server security. The package provides small business users with a very decent feature set. It is also easy to set up and manage. 

Kaspersky Small Office Security

Kaspersky Lab is one of the most popular security company in the world. Kaspersky Small Office security is designed for businesses with from 5 to 25 computers. The yearly subscription starts at $229.00 and covers 5 desktops, 5 mobiles, a file server, and 5 password managers.[3]

Kaspersky Small Office Security

The security suite provides advanced security to computers, file servers, laptops, and mobile devices. The package protects small businesses against online attacks, financial fraud, ransomware, and data loss.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Excellent virus and malware detection rates

Performance

Advanced performance rates

Usability

Did not deliver any false positives

Antivirus protection

Kaspersky scores perfect malware and virus detection across the board from the independent testing lab AV-TEST. Kaspersky Small Office Security demonstrated 100% detection rates against both, zero-day malware attacks and widespread and prevalent malware.

Performance

Kaspersky Small Office Security has great performance rates and only has a minimal negative impact on a system while working in the background. In addition, according to the test conducted by independent testing lab AV-TEST in July-August/2018, Kaspersky Small Office Security is rated 6.0 out of 6.0, when it comes to performance.

Usability

Kaspersky Small Office Security also scored 100% in usability. The application did not deliver any false positives and accurately detected malicious files without misidentifying legitimate applications.

The final verdict

Kaspersky Small Office Security is one of the best choices for small businesses. The security suite has excellent rates in antivirus protection, performance and usability rates.

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security[4] is one of the most popular products used by businesses around the world. Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security uses machine learning to predict and block advanced attacks. It also includes Hyperdetect that blocks attacks at pre-execution, Sandbox analyzer, Process Inspector, Endpoint Control and Hardening, Advanced Anti-Exploit and even more.

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security

The security suite covers servers and desktops.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Excellent virus and malware detection rates

Performance

Advanced performance rates

Usability

Delivered 2 false positives

Antivirus protection

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security demonstrates excellent malware detection rates. The software was also tested by the independent German-based testing lab AV-TEST. According to the most recent test, Bitdefender GravityZoneEndpoint Security demonstrated perfect detection rates, as it detected 100% of both, zero-day malware attacks, including web and e-mail threats, as well as widespread and prevalent malware.

Performance

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security has a minimal impact on a system. The program has almost zero negative impact while working in the background, as well as during scans. According to the tests, the application scored 100% in performance.

Usability

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security delivered 2 false positives. The security software detected legitimate software as malware during a system scan.

The final verdict

Bitdefender GravityZone Endpoint Security applies advanced technologies and offers users various features and benefits, together with superior protection and performance rates.

Avast Business Antivirus 

Avast Business Antivirus[5] is developed by the tech giant Avast that combines 400 million endpoints with unique detection algorithms and a comprehensive feature set. Avast Business Antivirus protects PCs, Macs, and servers. The subscription starts at $31.99 per device for a yearly subscription. It also includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Avast Business Antivirus

Avast Business Antivirus includes three packages, essential, Pro and Pro Plus, that are suitable for users’ needs.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Decent virus and malware detection rates

Performance

Mediocre impact on a system while working in the background

Usability

Delivered 2 false positives 

Antivirus protection

Avast Business Antivirus also was tested by the independent testing lab AV-TEST in its’ recent tests conducted in July/August 2018. Even though in August test, Avast Business Antivirus has detected 100% of both zero-day and widespread malware, in a test conducted in July Avast Business Antivirus demonstrated lower than the average and missed some threats.

Performance

Avast Business Antivirus is a very lightweight program. Avast performs lightning-fast analyses of unknown files in the Cloud, for a lightweight solution that won’t slow down your employees or your business. However, when it comes to the test results, Avast Business Antivirus demonstrates a bit lower than the average rates.

Usability

Avast also have a minimum impact of the security software on the usability of the whole computer as it delivered two false detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan.

The final verdict

Avast Business Antivirus offers business users reliable protection against various cyber threats. It also has a very decent security and privacy feature set at a very reasonable price. However, it can miss some threats as the antivirus detection rates is a bit lower than the average. 

Trend Micro OfficeScan  

Trend Micro OfficeScan[6] uses high-fidelity machine learning to eliminate security vulnerabilities across any user activity. The product is developed by Trend Micro, one of the leaders in IT security providers. Trend Micro OfficeScan provides users with advanced malware and ransomware protection, connected threat defense, centralized visibility and control, and mobile security integration.

Trend Micro Office Scan

Trend Micro OfficeScan secures files, servers. PCs. Laptops and virtualized desktops. The package includes machine learning, behavioral analysis and file, and web reputation. 

Trend Micro offers users to try the OfficeScan for free for 30 days.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Excellent virus and malware detection rates

Performance

Minimal impact on a system resources

Usability

Delivered 3 false positives

Antivirus protection

Trend Micro OfficeScan protects endpoints on and off the network, against various cyber threats, such as malware, Trojans, worms, spyware, and ransomware. The protection adapts against new unknown variants as they emerge.

Trend Micro OfficeScan demonstrated excellent malware protection as it detected 100% of both, zero-day and widespread and prevalent malware samples.

Performance

Trend Micro OfficeScan is lightweight and optimized security software that uses the right detection technique at the right time to ensure minimal impact on devices and networks. According to the test results, the security package has almost zero impact on a system and does not cause any slowdowns or interruptions.

Trend Micro OfficeScan scores better than the average in the performance test.

Usability

When it comes to the impact of Trend Micro OfficeScan on the usability of the device, the program has delivered 3 false positives in total: 2 false detections of legitimate software as malware during a system scan and 1 false blockage whilst installing and using legitimate software.

The final verdict

Trend Micro OfficeScan is a lightweight and comprehensive security suite that business users can rely on.  However, the number of false positives can be annoying.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 

Symantec Endpoint Protection[7] is one of the most advanced single-agent endpoint security developed by a tech giant Symantec. Symantec Endpoint Protection protects approximately 175 million endpoints across the globe and combines various technologies to prevent, detect and respond.

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection is compatible with laptops, desktops, and servers. The security package starts at $54.18 per license for a one-year subscription. If you want to try before purchasing, the company provides users with risk-free trials of popular products and services.

The package also includes ID Theft Protection.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Excellent virus and malware detection rates

Performance

Light impact on system resources

Usability

Delivered 4 false positives

Antivirus protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection provides flawless antivirus protection. The company combines next-gen technologies, such as artificial intelligence using machine learning to detect and stop cyber threats, layered protection to keep endpoints safe from mutating malware and other advanced threats. In addition, memory exploits mitigation blocks vulnerabilities in widely-used software.

The independent testing lab AV-TEST tested the software in July/August 2018. Symantec Endpoint Protection demonstrated flawless antivirus detection rates and detected 100% of both, zero-day and widespread malware samples.

Performance

The company claims that Symantec Endpoint Protection is so fast, users will not notice any impact on the system as the company reduced bandwidth usage and definition file size, optimized performance to support machine learning and applies patented real-time cloud lookup for faster scans.

The company’s performance is also 100%, as it has a minimum impact on computer speed in daily usage.

Usability

Usability or impact of the program on the usability of the device was also tested. However, it delivered 1 false detection of legitimate software as malware during system scan and 4 false blockages whilst installing and using legitimate applications.

The final verdict

Symantec Endpoint Protection is a great choice as it provides superior antivirus protection and is lightweight on the system. However, the number of false positives can be annoying.

About the author

Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - VPN service analyst

Julie Splinters is a VPN service analyst at Reviewedbypro.com, who specializes in VPN services and anti-spyware applications. Her major of English Philology and her passion for IT helped her choose the path of an IT writer.

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