What anti-virus software should I use?

You need protection from malware to keep your computer and mobile devices secure. Find out how to evaluate a good internet security suite

Viruses and spyware are different forms of malware (aka malicious software) that you need protection from when it comes to scam text messages or cyber issues today. We know it’s hard to know what to do when it comes to cyber security nz so we’ve outlined some of the things for you to think about.

Keep your software up to date

Malware is constantly being written and circulated which is why you need to keep your security software current and the files it relies on to identify threats up to date.

If your paid subscription or free trial has expired then the software will no longer defend you against website and email threats.

If your software is always alerting you about something, then don’t ignore the message or turn it off. It’s trying to protect you and save you from the hassle of cleaning up after an infection.

Will the software slow down my device?

Many people worry that bulky anti-virus software will slow down their devices. In some cases this is true but the benefits outweigh any reduction in performance. Malware will also slow down your computer and may prevent you from using it at all.

What’s the best anti-virus and anti-spyware software for cyber security nz?

Many people make use of popular free security tools. Free doesn’t necessarily mean the product isn’t as good as paid for but people need to be aware of the complexities behind the software.

As an independent not-for-profit, Netsafe can’t recommend a particular product but we can point you in the direction of results that regularly put anti-virus products through rigorous tests.

AV-TEST  while not New Zealand cyber security based are an independent German organisation that publishes security ratings under the following categories:


  • Contact NetSafe if you’d like further advice on 0508 NETSAFE and make a report at Submit a request – Netsafe
  • Visit cert.govt.nz for more cyber security advice

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