If any of your devices aren't protected by up-to-date antivirus software, then one of resolutions for the new year should be to sort that out. And hopefully that's why you're here, looking for the best deals around right now.
There are some new year and winter sales on, but if you keep track of antivirus deal prices - as we do - then you'll realise they're not much different to the discounts you can get at other times of the year. However, prices do fluctuate and you can make some genuine savings compared to the normal first-year discounts.
Of course, the best deal for you will depend upon how many devices you need to protect as subscriptions cover a certain number of them: you can't just install the app on as many as you want.
Some providers offer different discounts for different numbers of devices and, in some cases, you can even sign up for two years to get a bigger discount.
It's not simply about getting the lowest price, though. Features do vary across packages, as does the level of protection, so it's worth reading our antivirus reviews to find out more about how well they defend your devices - and you - from the latest threats.
Remember that these are subscriptions: you can cancel them after the deal period ends, but they will renew (often at higher prices) if you forget to cancel.
Modern security software should provide all-round protection that keeps your data safe no matter which device, app or web browser you're using.
From worms and Trojans to ransomware and phishing scams, a top-notch security package can prevent them all. Some can also help protect your identity and passwords as well. So it's worth having the best you can get.
Put simply, antivirus software isn't optional. 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.
1. Norton 360 Deluxe - 1 Year, 5 Devices
Was: £84.99 / $104.99
Now: £34.99 / $49.99 (£50 / $55)
Norton is one of our top antivirus picks, so it's good news that you can get the first 12 months for only £34.99 / US$49.99 which saves you £50 / $55.
Do remember that after that the renewal price is £84.99 / $104.99 a year.
Alternatively, you could take out a two-year subscription (you'll find this option on the same page) and get two years for £89.99/$89.99 (£44.99/$44.99 a year) which sounds like a worse deal, but don't forget you're getting a discount on both years, not just the first, so it is cheaper overall.
Read our review: Norton 360 Deluxe review
2. McAfee Total Protection 2021 - 2 Years, 10 Devices
Was: £179.99 / $169.99
Now: £79.99 / $69.99 (£100 / $100 off)
If you have quite a few devices to protect, you'll like this deal on McAfee Total Protection 2021. This is the latest version, and certainly the best yet.
The subscription can used on laptops, phones, Macs and any other supported device, and if you use all 10, then you'll be paying just £3.99 / $3.49 per device for each year of this two-year deal.
Usually, the first year price is £44.99 / $49.99 and there's no option to get that price for two years. If you only have 5 devices to protect, there's a slightly cheaper deal available as well.
3. Bitdefender Total Security - 1 Year, 5 Devices
Was: £69.99 / $89.99
Now: £34.99 / $39.99 (£35 / $40 off)
Bitdefender is consistently rated as one of the best options for protecting your Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices, and this deal allows you to use your 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.
Currently, there's 50% off for the first year, but there's also the option to take out a discounted two-year subscription which will save you £36 / $40 if you're going for the five-device option.
4. BullGuard Premium Protection - 1 Year, 10 Devices
Was: £69.99 / $99.99
Now: £28 / $40 (60% off)
BullGuard Premium offers protection for up to 10 devices for 1 year.
A discount of 60%, brings the price down to £28 / $40. That's just £2.80 / $4 per device. Just note that, like the other offers here, the discount applies only to the first year of your subscription.
5. Trend Micro Internet Security - 1 Year, 3 Devices
From: Trend Micro
Was: £49.95 / $79.95
Now: £19.95 / $29.95 (60% / 62% off)
Trend Micro's online protection for up to three devices is 60% off the first year for those in the UK and there's a slightly higher 62% discount if you're in the US (get the deal here).
6. ESET Internet Security - 1 Year, 1 Device
Now: $32.49 (35% off)
ESET doesn't offer discounts all year round. So when you see a sale, it represents true savings.
And this year, its new year sale knocks 35% off the usual price (you can choose how many devices to protect and how long to protect them for). When your subscription renews after the discounted period, you'll be charged the non-discounted prices.
Unfortunately, this deal is only available to those in the US.
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.
Discounts on security software is typically just for the first year of the subscription, so it is worth hunting around for a new deal when those 12 months are up rather than paying full price for the second year. It's a bit like switching energy providers, although the protection and feature do differ between packages so price isn't the only consideration.
Also bear in mind that going direct to the antivirus providers isn't the only way to get their software. You might also find good deals from the likes of Amazon, Argos and Currys and remember that you can pay less to protect fewer devices: there's no point in paying for a 10-device package if you only have one laptop.
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.