Modern internet security suites provide all-round protection that you need to keep your data safe no matter which device or what app or web browser you’re using.
From worms and Trojans to ransomware and phishing scams, a top-notch antivirus package can prevent them all. So it’s worth having the best you can get.
Put simply, antivirus software isn’t optional any more. The risk of your computer becoming infected with something nasty – and stealing your data or holding it to ransom – is simply too great not to use it.
Fortunately, you don’t have to pay full price as we’ve rounded up the best discounts to be found this Black Friday.
As everyone knows, Black Friday isn’t a single day any longer. Deals are available already and it’s well worth checking back here as we’ll be updating this article as and when prices are slashed even further, including on the day itself, 27 November.
Best antivirus deals right now
We’ll only share deals if we think they’re good enough to be worth buying, so anything we recommend here will be a great saving on a service we trust.
Among the best deals are 70% off BullGuard 50% off Bitdefender Total Security and 50% off Kaspersky both of which are in our best antivirus chart.
1. BullGuard Premium Protection – 1 Year, 10 Devices
Now: £21 (70% off)
BullGuard Premium offers protection for up to 10 devices for 1 year.
For Black Friday, there’s an extra 10% off the normal 60%, bringing it down to just £21. That’s just £2.10 per device per year.
If you only have three devices which need antimalware, then there’s also 70% off BullGuard’s Internet Security 2021, making it only £15 for the year.
2. Norton 360 Deluxe – 1 Year, 5 Devices
Now: £29.99 (£55 off)
Norton 360 Deluxe provides all-round security for up to 5 PCs, Macs, phones and tablets. It’s currently top of our roundup of the best antivirus software.
Like many security companies, Norton offers a big discount for the first 12 months, and if you use all five licenses, it works out at just £6 each. After that, the renewal price is £84.99.
3. McAfee Total Protection 2020 – 1 Year, 1 Device
Now: £8.99 (Limited time deal)
Now’s the perfect time to tick antivirus off your to-do list thanks to this amazing offer on McAfee Total Protection.
The license can be used on a laptop, phone, Mac or any other supported device.
4. Kaspersky Total Security 2020 – 1 Year, 1 Device
Now: £19.99 (50% off)
Save 50% on Kaspersky’s security suite. This is the price to protect one device, but it’s even better value if you have three or five devices to protect, as those subscriptions work out much cheaper per device.
5. Bitdefender Total Security 2020 – 1 Year, 5 Devices
Now: £34.99 (50% off)
Bitdefender is consistently rated as one of the best options for protecting your Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices, and Total Total Security 2020 allows you to use the subscription on five computers, phones or tablets.
It’s rated Advanced+ (the top score) by AV-Comparatives and gives you excellent anti-malware protection against the latest threats.
Get 50% off Bitdefender Total Security
6. Trend Micro Internet Security – 1 Year, 3 Devices
From: Trend Micro
Now: £24.95 (50% off)
Trend Micro’s online protection for up to three devices is available with 50% off right now for one year.
7. Panda Dome Essential 2019
From: Panda Security
Now: £20.99 (40% off)
This deal covers 1 device for a year.
Antivirus deals: What to look for
Antivirus software detects, and then prevents, disarms or removes malicious programs and malware, often referred to as ‘viruses’. But as we’ve said, security software is no longer just about countering viruses. It’s also about the security of personal data and protection from ransomware.
Check that the antivirus software you’re buying has ransomware protection built-in, and it’s also worth looking out for the ability to detect malware is so new that it hasn’t yet been analysed by security companies. This may be bolstered by a cloud element or artificial intelligence, which can really help to ensure that even the most sophisticated attacks get nowhere near your devices.
Antivirus discounts are plentiful, often with more than 50% off for your Mac, PC or mobile device. Sometimes these discounts are available on the websites of the antivirus providers themselves in the form of a digital download, but you can also find cheap boxed versions of the software from the likes of Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World.
Antivirus student deals
If you’re a student, be sure to check out Tech Advisor’s Student Beans page. There, you can benefit from massive discounts from some of our favourite antivirus brands for school, college or university.
When is Black Friday 2020 – should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday is Friday 27 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals – but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.
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