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Best business antivirus of 2021

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Keeping your business operations safe and malware-free in the modern era isn’t easy. There are security risks left and right, as hackers are constantly devising new and more ingenious ways to carry out sinister agendas like stealing your sensitive data or simply hampering the functionality of your devices, consequently damaging your company’s efficiency.

The logical method to deal with these risks is to get an antivirus for your business endpoints. But how do you find the right one? What to look for? There are several things you need to pay attention to when choosing your security platform - its essential and additional features, performance, compatibility with your business’ operating systems, functional management tools, ease of use, and pricing.

To help you find the ideal antivirus platform for your company, we analyzed some of the best business antivirus platforms of today, devoting special attention to the characteristics listed above. Here are the platforms that made it to our top list:

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1. Avast Business Antivirus Pro

Most comprehensive desktop and server antivirus

Operating systems: Windows, Mac, Windows Server
Stand-out features: Sandbox, data shredder, rescue disk, exchange and sharepoint server protection, automatic third-party updates
Trial: 30 days
Reasons to buy
+Advanced server protection features +Superior web filtering capacities +Highly customizable 
Reasons to avoid
-Spam filter sometimes misses the target 

Avast Business Antivirus Pro is an outstanding business antivirus suite that provides its users with tools including superior virus protection, network firewall, web shield, and email protection (including spam and phishing filtering). For even more security, it enables sandboxing, letting you run apps, download files, and visit websites in a secure virtual environment isolated from the rest of your device.

This security suite also includes a long list of professional tools for your servers, such as SharePoint and Exchange protection. The former provides a secure digital space to store and share corporate documents, while the later scans email attachments and protects your business communications from spam.

Data shredder permanently deletes files you don’t want recovered, while the Rescue Disk feature creates an external backup antivirus to save compromised PCs. Software Updater is designed to keep your third-party software up to date and eliminate potential security exploits.

There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee so you don’t need to worry about losing your money if things don’t work out.

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2. Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security

Top performance and usability combined with machine learning

Operating systems: Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, OpenSUSE Leap, Oracle Linux, Amazon Linux AMI, Windows Server, Windows Embedded
Stand-out features: Process inspector, full disk encryption, advanced anti-exploit, patch management
Trial: 30 days
Reasons to buy
+Efficient ML technology +Practical management features +Proprietary Process Inspector tool 
Reasons to avoid
-May be slightly overwhelming for new users 

With the highest focus on reliable protection, Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security provides exceptional malware detection and removal, as well as high usability, blending machine learning and heuristics with signatures and other techniques to offer comprehensive protection against all types of malware. 

While many of its features, including firewall, URL filtering, web advisor, and anti-malware, are automatic, you can customize it to control user actions. Managing the product and all of its activities is done entirely via a single console and agent.

Businesses opting for this vendor will get a wide range of features. These include the risk analytics and hardening features like the firewall, patch management (keeping OS’s and apps up to date across the entire Windows install base), full-disk encryption, protection against web threats, app and device control, and endpoint risk analytics.

Prevention, detection, and response features cover signature and cloud lookup, process monitoring and terminating, access blocking, rollback, and more. If you don’t feel like its services are up to your standard, Bitdefender offers a 30-day refund policy that also counts as a free trial.

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3. Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud

Protect all of your business’ devices, mobile and PC

Operating system: Windows, Mac, Windows Server, iOS, Android
Stand-out features: Cloud discovery, remote management, mobile support
Trial: 30 days
Reasons to buy
+Supports mobile devices +Scalable +Entirely on a cloud 
Reasons to avoid
-A bit pricey 

Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud is another SMB-focused security platform whose OS range includes not only the classics (Windows and Windows Servers) but also Android and iOS. 

With it, business users get file, web, and email protection, a firewall, network attack blocker, ransomware and exploit prevention, vulnerability monitoring, Bluetooth configuration, and cloud discovery. 

The latter allows you to see and control the cloud service usage, file sharing, as well as time spent on social networking and messaging, so you can keep your employees productive and your company’s data secure.

Controlling and monitoring the entire suite is accomplished via a clean and simple web console managing dashboard. In it, you can also manage camera use, detect compromised devices in the network, control password rules, remotely lock or erase data from lost devices, and filter undesired calls and messages.

As mentioned above, Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud supports smartphones and tablets, and two licenses can be issued per each mobile user. Still not convinced? There’s a 30-day trial period during which you can test the product to the fullest and decide whether or not you wish to commit to it.

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4. Webroot Business Endpoint Protection

Antivirus client that won’t hamper your resources

Operating system: Windows, Mac, Windows Server, virtual environments
Stand-out features: Remote management, RMM, PSA and BI integrations, full offline protection, multi-shield
Trial: 30 days
Reasons to buy
+ Only 2MB of disk space + Multi-language software + Free phone support 
Reasons to avoid
- No mobile support 

Webroot Business Endpoint Protection will only take 2MB of your disk space and will carry out all of its operations quietly without encumbering your resources. The cloud-based console allows you to control all the deployments from one place, seamlessly and hassle-free.

Ideal for a business of any size, Webroot’s product isn’t only lightweight and practical, as well as featuring all the essential protection mechanisms, but has a ton of other advanced features that set it apart from the competition. One of them is an intelligent outbound firewall that augments the built-in Windows firewall to protect users on and off the corporate network. There is also the Evasion Shield which protects against file-based and fileless script attacks, in addition to blocking malicious behaviors from executing in JavaScript, PowerShell, and similar. 

Other business-friendly features include whitelisting/blacklisting, multi-shield protection, infrared dynamic risk prevention, powerful heuristics, complete offline protection, multi-language interface (14 languages), and free telephone customer support.

Its endpoint protection covers Windows and Mac devices, as well as virtualization, terminal server, and Citrix environments. A 30-day free trial is offered to anyone interested.

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5. F-Secure SAFE

Easy-to-use protection for all your devices

Operating system: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Stand-out features: Remote management, ransomware protection
Trial: 30 days
Reasons to buy
+Supports mobile devices +Plenty of features +Efficient in detecting threats 
Reasons to avoid
-Some false positives 

F-Secure SAFE offers a firewall, web filtering, protection against viruses, trojans, ransomware, keyloggers, spyware, and so on, helping you stay safe while conducting online business, financial services, or simply browsing. 

Through your F-Secure account and user-friendly management portal, you can even locate your lost or stolen mobile devices and manage them remotely. If you go for the Premium version, the vendor will also throw in a software updater that scans for missing patches, as well as a capability to restrict users’ web access to specific content categories.

The platform is highly efficient, but we did encounter some false positives during our testing, such as a perfectly legitimate software being flagged as malware on a few occasions.

As usual in this business, a 30-day free trial is available to any prospective buyer, who can use it on as many as 3 devices during this time. You don’t even need to provide any financial details to get it.

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6. Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced

User-friendly and reliable protection

Operating system: Windows, Mac
Stand-out features: Cloud native protection, AI-based Intercept X technology
Trial: 30 days
Reasons to buy
+Efficient AI-powered platform +Standard and advanced features +Superior protection 
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly demanding on the resources 

Like its name says, Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced is a professional antivirus platform that has a number of advanced features dedicated to protecting your Windows and Mac devices.

Not only does it block suspicious websites, malware, and non-malware attacks, detects and removes exploit codes, and analyses behavior to recognize the latest threats, but it does so much more. It’s also good in identifying endpoint connections with malicious servers, discovering the compromised systems.

Its deep learning integration in the form of Intercept X technology, allows it to take a predictive, instead of a reactive approach in protecting against known and unknown threats. The advanced, business-oriented features include DLP data control, remote management, as well as device and app control.

Sophos’ cloud native protection allows you to cover all of your devices with a single console. You can take the platform for a spin during a 30-day free trial period.

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.