Nowadays, Internet safety is a must due to the fact that more and more malicious third parties have gotten way cleverer in regards to ways in which they can gain unwarranted access to our most precious data. Having a sturdy and reliable antivirus program is essential in 2017 if you want all your private and delicate data to be secure out there in the online world.

But where to begin when making a choice in this respect? Well, the most important thing is to do your research right and also establish from the get go what your antivirus needs are. Everyone is different, so what works for someone else might not work for you and viceversa. Here are our top eight picks for the best antivirus software of 2017 so that you can make an apt and informed choice when installing one.

  1. Check Point Zonealarm

Check Point Zonealarm is an excellent antivirus pick, but only for machines that run on Windows 10. So older versions will not be covered by Check Point Zonealarm, but if you do happen to own a computer or anything else that runs on it, then it’s your lucky day.

  1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a little piece of software that is extremely skillful in protecting your data from ill intended malware attacks, as its very name suggests. It was introduced way back in 2008, but we ensure that it’s more up to date than ever today in 2017.

  1. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is one of the best free antivirus software on the market right now. It offers the entire suite of protective features for the ‘low, low price of free’ (as one very popular Internet joke will tell you). So if you aren’t willing to spend too much for various reasons but still don’t want to risk your safety, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is the perfect choice for you.

  1. Microsoft Windows Defender

Microsoft Windows Defender is the special one on this list because it is Microsoft’s very own antivirus for their platform of computer operating systems Windows. This means that it’s more than prepared to handle whatever threats may arise in the case of machines running this OS.

  1. Bitdefender Antivirus

Bitdefender Antivirus is one of the most seasoned names on this list. If you’ve been around the Internet for a while now, you already know what Bitdefender Antivirus. But what you may not know is that the program comes in a free version, as well a premium one that you have to pay for. What is more, Bitdefender Antivirus has grown tremendously over the years and it is currently one of the top picks for antivirus software in the world.

  1. Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Cloud Antivirus has a minimal offering of features, but the most attractive thing about it is that it is entirely cloud based. So if you’re looking for a good antivirus software that is also easy to manage and won’t eat up too much space, Panda Cloud Antivirus is something worth looking into in our opinion.

  1. AVG Antivirus

AVG Antivirus is a household name in some cases, but it is still more often than not unknown. However, its amazing features and full suite of possibilities are what make it worthy of being on this list.

  1. Avast! Free Antivirus

Just as we said before, if a free antivirus is what you want, there are options for this too. A good one is also Avast, so if Ad-Aware is not to your liking, maybe give it a try and see how it all goes.