PC Protect Antivirus Overview
With antivirus operating on the Avira engine and complete security from malware, viruses, Trojans, and more, we believe PC Protect is a great option to consider because it has exceptional pricing and is loaded with value-added security features. We appreciated the way it can detect and remove both online and offline threats, phishing URLs, and other malicious elements.
However, the product doesn’t have a VPN included in the top-tier plan even though you can access it for a small, separate monthly fee. The AES 256-bit encryption, RAS-4096 handshake, and SHA-512 authentication with no data caps given by other VPN providers like Bitdefender represent though competition.
Still, based on the tests performed, pricing, and features, we believe PC Protect is one of the best antivirus solutions available in today’s market.
How to Set Up and Uninstall PC Protect
Of all the software we have installed, PC Protect employs one of the easiest installation processes. Just follow the steps listed below:
1) Download the file from the official website. Double-click to run the installation wizard.
2) You might be recommended to download and install the V9 Network Adapters. If you have subscribed to the VPN service, download these as well. Otherwise, move on with the next step.
3) The wizard will complete the installation. Once the product is installed, you will need to log in with the email and password. The app will also update the virus definitions so you will need to make sure that you are connected to the internet.
4) Reboot the system, and the software will start working silently in the background.
The simplest way to uninstall the software from your Windows device is following the standard process.
- Open Apps and Features
- Select the program.
- Click Uninstall.
- Restart the device when prompted.
As mentioned earlier, we believe PC Protect offers some of the best features at minimal prices. Ransomware protection, real-time antivirus scanner, virus, Trojans, Adware, Spyware & Malware protection, Phishing protection, disk cleaner, PC optimization tools, remote firewall, web shield, browser manager and cleaner, and more mean a comprehensive approach to security.
Additionally, it has some top-notch features that you will only find in leading products like Kaspersky and Norton.
|Money-back Guarantee||Yes, up to 30 days from the date of purchase.|
|Platform||Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android|
|USD Virus Scans||No|
|Automated Virus Scans||Yes|
This antivirus offers two types of scanning methods; quick scan and a full system scan. This allows you to scan quickly on a daily basis as well as giving you the option to scan more and more in-depth.
Unfortunately, the product hasn’t been tested by independent labs, hence there is no concrete data on how good the scanners are.
We tested the product on our systems and the real-time file scanner starts working as soon as the system boots.
By default, the tool scans every file that is downloaded but you can customize the scan as needed. Additionally, the Disk Cleaner is another added tool designed to scan and get rid of junk files.
|Plan||Price||Number of Devices|
|PC Protect Essential Antivirus||$24.95 per year||1||Ransomware Protection, Anti-Virus Protection, Phishing Protection.|
|PC Protect Pro Antivirus||$39.95 per year||3||Performance & Optimization Tools, Disk Cleaner, Web Shield Extension|
|PC Protect Ultimate Antivirus||$59.95 per year||5||Remote Firewall, Password Vault, Smartphone Optimizer & Protection|
PC Protect offers some relatively big discounts compared to other competitors.
Essential Antivirus for 1 device is originally priced at $99.95, but the company is offering a $75 discount for the first year.
Similarly, the Pro plan offers protection for 3 devices at $119.95, but it is currently sold at $39.95 representing an $80 discount.
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Moreover, Ultimate Antivirus, the top-tier plan, covers 5 devices for just $59.95 (originally priced at $149.95). Even after such huge discounts, we find Trend Micro to be the most cost-efficient offer if you need security for 5 or more devices.
Privacy and Security
The antivirus has some add-on features that give you a good level of privacy. It can detect websites that are safe and can be trusted in real-time. It blocks phishing websites and other malicious URLs designed to steal confidential data. We tried the Chrome extension and were impressed by the features.
That being said, we find the privacy features to be underpowered when compared to brands like Windows Defender.
The Web Shield feature helps you avoid unsafe websites by detecting threats from the website link before you become a victim. It scored a 99.9% in the WildList Detection Test conducted by VB100 from January to February 2020.
We tested various samples and the scanner was able to detect each one of them. The core-engine is similar to that of Avira and stands up to the name. PC Protect offers maximum security that is smart and needs minimal maintenance.
Your device will remain protected from adware, spyware, Trojans, virus, malware, and other malicious codes as the real-time scanner detects and removes threats round the clock.
There is a VPN for added security, but it costs an extra amount which is not mentioned on their website. If you need a VPN without the extra cost, Bitdefender or Trend Micro are economical alternatives.
Performance and Protection
We tested the software on a standard PC and the results are satisfactory. The system impact is minimal, and you’ll barely notice it in the background. It takes additional resources to run during a complete inspection, but again the impact is below average.
The program can be installed on older computers since it needs limited RAM and while the CPU takes the biggest hit, it will suffice even for a 2-core machine.
One of our favorite things about PC Protect is that if it comes across any threats or suspicious files during the scans, it will jump on it right away and quarantine the malware in real-time. The real-time antivirus engine makes it almost impossible for users to download anything without it being thoroughly checked by the scanner.
Apart from staying protected from all types of malware across devices using this antivirus, add-on features like cleaner and optimizer make sure that no junk files are left behind to assure optimal protection.
Links on emails are the most common form of ransomware. With the Safe Shield feature, the software automatically detects and blocks harmful websites that can put you at risk from viruses and hackers.
Although the product misses out on advanced features like keylogger protection or anti-spam and doesn’t match up to Panda Antivirus’ robust ransomware prevention, the browser extension effectively detects and redirects you from domains that could pose a risk to the device.
With this solution, you gain access to a Safe Site feature that blocks malicious and harmful URLs, allowing you to browse without worries. We valued the additional features like free domain categorization and security filters. Not only do these guarantee a secure browsing experience, but they also make sure that your device stays protected against deceptive destinations and phishing websites.
It doesn’t have banking protection or parental control options, hence, we think it does a moderate job of phishing protection in comparison to brands like F-Secure.
The company claims to protect your device from spyware. Sadly, it doesn’t have a Tracking Protection feature like the one you obtain from 360 Total Security. Yet, we tested the protection feature on our own and found that it can detect spyware easily. The best part is that the software takes immediate action to address detected threats.
The Avira engine does a near-perfect job of blocking spyware, but if you are looking for advanced spyware protection (AI and ML-driven), there is nothing better than Norton.
PC Protect has a simple firewall that can be used to monitor the Windows firewall (easily configured to turn it on or off). It has no additional features and is by no way a justification to choose this antivirus software over another. This company’s other product Total AV has more robust firewall protection.
You can get advanced firewall protection by subscribing to the VPN service, which is slightly disappointing given the additional cost.
Lab Test Results
So far, this product hasn’t been a part of independent lab tests by AV-Test or AV-Comparatives. Although other software solutions offered by the company behind PC Protect (like TotalAV) are part of all tests, we couldn’t find PC Protect in any test results.
However, the software has been extensively tested by VB100. From January to February 2020, VB100 tested 40 products from 36 vendors on Windows 7 and 10 platforms.
The test included 2,948 samples of malicious codes for the WildList Detection Test and 981 samples for the Diversity Test. PC Protect received the VB100 certification with a WildList detection rate of 99.9%, a Diversity Test rate of 98.17%, and a False Positive rate of 0%. In the same test, ESET and AVG outshined all competitors with 100% rates and zero false positives.
PC Protect has been consistent in its VB100 tests and it scored almost the same numbers in WildList detection and false positives. The December 2019 Diversity Test score of 99.50% was even better than the current rate.
As the software doesn’t have many test results to confirm the protection and security level, a lot of buyers think it is not up to the mark. This is not the case as the antivirus has a strong security engine that can detect and eliminate threats almost instantly.
Ease of Use and Interface
The dashboard interface reminds us of the TotalAV interface. Given both these products belong to the same company, we couldn’t help but notice the uncanny similarities between both user experiences. Ease of use is one of the strongest suits of PC Protect.
Although the main screen might seem fancy, it is easy to navigate. The company has listed all essential features on the right side of the screen, and the sub-menus are arranged neatly under individual tabs.
The left side toolbar has everything you need; a VPN for Secure Browsing, Web Shield settings and much more. We felt that the interface looks great with the restrained dark background, and the touches of bright color help identify the buttons clearly.
One of the things that we didn’t like about the interface is that there is no easy way to switch between scan types. It took us more than 3 clicks to launch a quick scan (which is not good UX). We also found the adblocking module to be complicated. You can find additional settings under the gear icon.
Overall, PC Protect has a nice interface that might seem too crowded at the beginning, but it is actually extremely intuitive and not too difficult to navigate after a few tries.
We were overwhelmed with the customer support options available. The company has a huge knowledge base that is neatly categorized with step-by-step guides, FAQs, and tutorials. There’s a lot of information that you can use to troubleshoot errors on your own if comfortable seeking your own solutions.
Besides these resources, there is 24/7 live chat, email, and phone support for premium customers. Their chat support is great and after connecting to an agent within seconds, we received satisfactory responses. If you encounter any issue with the product's technical side or pricing, you can rest assured that the chat service is more than adequate to address it.
However, when compared to some of the best rivals like Kaspersky, AVG, and Avast, this company’s customer service is average at best.
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