How To Buy Antivirus Software

I wrote a whole series of reviews and how-tos on antivirus software for U.S. News 360 Reviews. Here is the list of reports.

How to Buy Antivirus Software

How Does Antivirus Software Work?

Cheapest Antivirus Software of 2020

Cheapest Antivirus Software for Mac 2020

Avast vs. AVG

Bitdefender vs. Kaspersky

McAfee vs. Norton

McAfee vs. Trend Micro

Windows Defender vs. McAfee

AVG Antivirus Review and Prices

ESET Antivirus Review and Prices

F-Secure Antivirus Review and Prices

Intego Antivirus Review and Prices

Kaspersky Antivirus Review and Prices

McAfee Antivirus Review and Prices

Norton Antivirus Review and Prices

Sophos Antivirus Review and Prices

Trend Micro Antivirus Review and Prices

Webroot Antivirus Review and Prices

About Stewart Wolpin

I have been writing about consumer electronics for four decades, including news, reviews, analysis and history for a wide variety of consumer, niche and trade outlets. For the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), I annually update the industry's history and write the official biographies of the CTA Hall of Fame inductees. Aside from writing about consumer technology for a variety of consumer, tech and trade publications, I write a blog and do market research for Digital Technology Consulting. In the non-tech world, I have written "Bums No More: The Championship Season of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers" and "The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle." Check out my work at
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2 Responses to How To Buy Antivirus Software

  1. Mary McDonald says:

    I just received an email from Webroot offering VPN. One of your prior articles said Webroot did not offer VPN services…I assume this is a new service. Have you had a chance to review/discuss the Webroot VPN service?
    I am reading various articles on the internet about VPN services, trying to figure out if I need to pay for one or use a free VPN service or skip using a VPN. I am not a computer expert, and I don’t want to appear paranoid, but I also don’t like being targeted for ads, based on my internet searches. If a VPN is going to complicate using the internet, then maybe I should just forget about VPNs.
    Any comments or referrals to good articles are welcome.

    • Stewart Wolpin says:

      Mary –

      Thanks for writing. If Webroot is now offering a VPN, that’s new. Several antivirus companies have added VPNs in the last couple of months or so.

      I haven’t had a chance to discuss it with Webroot – I didn’t know they’d added VPN until you told me! I use a separate VPN myself, only because the antimalware software I use didn’t offer it (I’d rather not say which I use since my situation and needs are likely different from yours, and these decisions should be made on specific circumstances). There are pros and cons to getting bundled or separate antimalware and VPN protection. If you already subscribe to Webroot you can ask them if they charge existing subscribers extra for the new VPN or if they can adjust your subscription to include it. In all events, if you live on Wi-Fi, a VPN is vital protection against people attempting to peek into your system. I’d do a Google search for “best VPN service” – I’m sure someone has done a comprehensive survey of the varying VPN options available. Thanks for reading!

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