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Heimdal Next-Gen Antivirus Home Review

 Heimdal Next-Gen Antivirus Home Review

Consumers want an antivirus that stays out of the way while protecting them from ransomware, data-stealing Trojans, and the like. Big companies are more focused on an antivirus that offers central control and monitoring, and that helps them track down active network intruders. Some security companies play to both audiences. Heimdal Security is known for its suite of enterprise-level security tools, but it also offers Heimdal Next-Gen Antivirus Home for the consumer, along with a couple other consumer-level apps. It does what it promises, but it lacks protection against malicious and fraudulent sites.

What Does Heimdal Antivirus Cost?
With the company’s focus on business-style multi-seat installations, it’s not surprising that the base one-year subscription price for this antivirus, $59.95, gets you three licenses. Standalone antivirus utilities from Bitdefender, ESET, and Kaspersky all list at about that price for three licenses. The prices start to separate at the five-license level. Bitdefender goes up to $69.99, just $10 more, while ESET and Kaspersky Anti-Virus cost $79.99 for five licenses. Heimdal tops the list at $83.95.

Want to protect 10 PCs? The price spread widens. That $79.99 subscription price for five ESET NOD32 Antivirus or Kaspersky licenses gets you 10 Bitdefender antivirus licenses. ESET and Kaspersky rise to $129.99 for 10. At $140.95 for 10 licenses, Heimdal’s price is the highest. It’s not an extreme outlier, by any means, but it is the high end of the spread.

Heimdal Next-Gen Antivirus Home Main Window
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The product’s main window is divided into two main sections, labeled Thor Vigilance and Thor Foresight. The latter, available as a separate product, is transitioning to the name Heimdal Threat Prevention Home. A third product, Heimdal Premium Security Home, incorporates both of these.

Heimdal’s antivirus includes the expected on-demand, on-access, and on-schedule scans. Theres a button on the main window to launch a quick scan, and another to open the full panoply of scan choices. Those choices include: Quick Scan, Active Processes Scan, Full Scan, Hard Drive Scan, Local Drive Scan, Removable Drive Scan, System Scan, and Network Drive Scan. Most antivirus products stick with a quick scan, a full scan, and a custom scan that would replace all the other scans that Heimdal defines.

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