is as good as any other well known anti-virus program but I'm not an advocate of suites. All-in-one tools and suites are filled with extra features (including "bells & whistles") which typically use more system resources...leaving a larger footprint...and they typically cost more
money. Suites tend to have varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses accorded for each feature they incorporate. Internet Security Suites include a Firewall component, which IMO is unnecessary since the Windows built-in firewall is one of the best
and provides adequate protection
. Further, many folks also use a router which is essentially a hardware firewall.
In contrast, separate tools are designed, built and maintained with a greater focus in a specific area so they are generally of better quality, more effective at what they are designed to do and leave a smaller footprint. This means the program's performance for that particular feature is usually superior than their all-in-one counterpart. Further, all-in-one tools generally do not allow the user as much flexibility in tailoring program settings and usage.
The best defensive strategy
to protect yourself from from malware and ransomware infection is a comprehensive approach
...make sure you are running an updated anti-virus and anti-malware product, update all vulnerable software, disable VSSAdmin.exe
, use supplemental security tools with anti-exploitation features
capable of stopping (preventing) infection before it can cause any damage and routinely backup your data
Some anti-virus and anti-malware programs include built-in anti-exploitation protection
. For example, Emsisoft Anti-Malware
uses advanced behavior blocking analysis
which is extremely difficult to penetrate...it continually monitors the behavior of all active programs looking for any anomalies that may be indicative of malicious activity and raises an alert as soon as something suspicious occurs. Emsisoft has the ability to detect unknown zero-day attacks
and file-encrypting malware (ransomware)
attacks.ESET Antivirus and Smart Security
uses a Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS)
to monitor system activity with a pre-defined set of rules to recognize suspicious system behavior. When this type of activity is identified, HIPS stops the offending program from carrying out potentially harmful activity. ESET Antivirus (and Smart Security) includes Exploit Blocker
which is designed to fortify applications that are often exploited, such as web browsers, PDF readers, email clients or MS Office components. This feature monitors the behavior of processes, looks for and blocks suspicious activities that are typical for exploits including zero-day attacks
. ESET's Java Exploit Blocker looks for and blocks attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Java.
See my comments at the bottom of Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
as to why I recommend Emsisoft Anti-Malware.