The Top Rated Anti-Keylogging Software Of 2011:
- Webroot AntiVirus with Spy Sweeper 2011 ($49.99)
- Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security ($39.95)
- BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 ($39.95)
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 ($59.95)
- Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 ($50.95)
It’s no stroke of genius. Simply getting effective anti-keylogging software for your PC can protect you from having your keystrokes (keyboard strokes) logged by cyber criminals. Logging keystrokes is one way keyloggers can obtain a PC user’s sensitive information like user accounts, banking, and other personal information. Some keyloggers even have the ability to record VoIP (Voice over Internet) telephone calls, take pictures of the computer screen or control a webcam allowing them to stake out a user’s belongings.
In evaluating how effective particular anti-keylogging software is, a user should consider its ease of use, how reliable and consistent its protection will be, and whether it has a full range of system defenses (for example, anti-screenshot logger, anti-webcam logger and protection when conducting online banking and bill pay). Consumers might also consider what the manufacturer is offering in terms of product upgrades and technical support. Note keylogging is one of a range of threats that proper antivirus software, per se, protects against.
We consulted review source like CNET, PC Magazine and AV-Test to find the top rated Anti-Keylogging Software:
Webroot Antivirus with Spy Sweeper 2011 ($49.99)
- Especially good at detecting and removing keyloggers
- All signature updates install automatically
- Extremely effective multi-layered protection system
- Time taken to scan some malware infested systems
Top Review Sources:
- PC Magazine: 4.5 out of 5 stars; “Editor’s Choice”; “this application was worth the wait”
- CNET: Average user rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars, out of 84 votes
- AV-Test: 5 out of 6 stars for “Cleaning and repair of malware-infected computer”
Webroot Antivirus has a user interface that emphasizes simplicity. And you won’t have to worry about the signature updates, as they download and install automatically. Updates to program modules also happen in the same way. Webroot automatically scans your system for malware when the system is idle, and applies all of its malware-smashing technologies during a full scan. Over a dozen “shield” modules work to give you real-time protection. The PC Magazine reviewer claimed that Webroot was especially effective in tests for detecting keyloggers.
Webroot Antivirus is available from Amazon.
Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security ($39.95)
- Very effective at keeping malware out of clean systems
- Quite effective at preventing installation of commercial keyloggers
- Very successful at recognizing threats on sight
- Speedy full scan
- Some threats still running after Ad-Aware reported removing them
Top Review Sources:
- PC Magazine: 4 out of 5 stars
- CNET: 4 out of 5 stars; “the program continues to grow in the right direction”
PC Magazine’s reviewer reported Ad-Aware as being quite effective at preventing installation of commercial keyloggers. Although, CNET claimed that the user can’t view other parts of the program when a scan is in progress; that the scan itself lacks a progress meter or a pause button. However, PC Magazine also reported it as leaving behind a fair amount of malware traces, with some threats still running after Ad-Aware reported removing them. PC Magazine reported Ad-Aware as detecting most malware threats.
Users will see the interface begins in simple mode, showing only the most essential controls and status items. You will have to switch to advanced mode to change any settings. Besides the basic full and smart scans, you can create a user-defined scan profile.
BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 ($39.95)
- Has an impressive collection of bonus features that enhance security
- Tech support is built right into BitDefender
- Well-implemented private data control
- Average ability in removing commercial keyloggers
- Mixed results from independent test labs
- AV-Test: 6 out of 6 stars for “Protection against malware infections”
- PC Magazine: 3.5 out of 5 stars
- CNET: Average user rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars, out of 134 votes
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 ($59.95)
- Utilizes effective, multi-layered approach to block malware
- Can create a bootable rescue CD or USB drive for malware cleanup when the system won’t boot
- Above industry average for blocking malware
- Scored low on detection of commercial keyloggers
- Some user reviews reported a slow full scanning process
- Comparatively more expensive than higher rating software
Top Review Sources:
- CNET: Average user rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, out of 459 votes
- AV-Test: 5.5 out of 6 stars for “Protection against malware infections”
- PC Magazine: 3.5 out of 5 stars; “Attractive easy interface”
Kaspersky’s user interface is easy to follow. While you won’t find a “results page” like many other products, you can click a Reports link to view results. It has a Safe Surf feature which totally blocks access to websites known to host malware; even if the site you’re on is safe Kaspersky will block malicious files on download. New in the 2011 edition, you get System Watcher which lets the product identify malicious software based on specific behaviour patterns. AV-Test reviewers point out that Kaspersky ranked in the top three for both malware detection and malware blocking. And a bonus to US users — U.S.-based phone and live chat support is free for all Kaspersky users.
Karpersky’s Anti-Virus is available from Amazon.
Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 ($50.95)
- The Virtual keyboard foils keyloggers
- Rated highly in detecting keyloggers
- Scored well in blocking malware infections
- Rated poorly in removing keyloggers
- Firewall vulnerable to a simple attack
Top Review Sources:
- AV-Test: 5 out of 6 stars for “Protection against malware infections”
- PC Magazine: 3.5 out of 5 stars; “Good malware detection”
The main window displays just enough information to let you know your security is as it should be…or not. Panda’s scan automatically handles viruses and other high-risk items, disinfecting if possible, deleting if not. Reviewers claim that Panda detected a higher percentage of threats than many of its competitors, but that it didn’t thoroughly remove what it found. PC Magazine reported that Panda closely guarded all the routes malware might take to enter your system. But, PC Magazine also commented that it didn’t apply the same level of scrutiny when performing on-access scans of files already in the system. PC Magazine testing found that malware writers could potentially cripple Panda’s firewall. While AV-Test reviewers reported above industry results in “detection of deliberately hidden active malware”.
Panda Antivirus is available from Amazon.