1. Avira AntiVir Premium Avira has had a pretty good track record and its free antivirus continues to be one of the most preferred amongst the horde of free antivirus programs. So how does the premium version match up? Not to well were afraid, Avira AntiVir premium offers very less over its own free version and thus Avira ends up being its own competitor. Its the cheapest antivirus out there at 23.95$, and offers above average protection, but youre better off with another antivirus. Oh and if you insist on Avira, its better to get the free antivirus, although its not the best antivirus for Windows 7. 2. ESET NOD32 Antivirus ESETs new antivirus offers good detection and is easy to use, but it is let down by the below average ability to remove detected threats. Its fairly low on resource usage as well and uses even less resources when battery mode on laptops is detected, which is a good touch. However, problems with malware detection and removal have been reported in Windows 7. At 39.99$ it is one of the most expensive antiviruses and frankly, doesnt justify its price. 3. BullGuard Antivirus 2012 A relatively unknown name in antvirus software, BullGuard antivirus offers pretty good malware detection & removal, excellent antispam and heuristics. It also has a good looking and easy to use interface and the customer support is very good as well. But the core ability of malware detection and removal is good and not great. BullGuard Antivirus 2012 retails for 29.95$, which is a good price point, but based on core abilities, it ranks 8th in our list. 4. Avast! Pro Antivirus 2012 Avast! is rather well known for its free antivirus software. The Pro version is also quite good with one of the best detection rates in the market. But it is let down by the low malware removal or repair ability and doesnt offer antiphishing like many of its competitors. Avast! Pro retails for 39.95$ and is a good choice if malware protection is all youre looking for. 5. G-Data Antivirus 2012 G-Data Antivirus is one of the best antivirus for Windows 7 out there. It features excellent malware detection and removal rates, amongst the best in the industry. G-Data Antivirus 2012 uses two virus scanning engines, so rest assured youre always protected. The slightly drab interface and lack of a few features like silent mode and battery saver mode hinder this excellent product. At 29.95$, its also great value for money and is highly recommended based upon malware protection abilities. 6. AVG Anti-Virus 2012 Another stalwart in the computer security game, AVG is one of the most well known companies because of its free antivirus. It has very good malware detection including spyware, adware and the like. On-access scanning, spam filter and pattern based recognition are some of the features offered by AVG Anti-Virus 2012. But threat removal isnt up to the mark and the interface is hardly good-looking. Nevertheless, its a worthy option at 34.99$. 7. Panda AntiVirus Pro 2012 Panda AntiVirus 2012 is a very close contender for the best antivirus for Windows 7. It features excellent malware detection and even better removal. Unlike most other antivirus softwares, Panda AntiVirus Pro 2012 comes with an integrated firewall that is also very robust. Overall its an excellent product with pretty good value for money at 39.99$. Other antiviruses also come for the same price, but they dont include firewalls and thats what makes Panda AntiVirus Pro 2012 a great choice. 8. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 Now were in the top 3 where all the biggies in the computer security industry reside. The well known Russian company Kaspersky have again come out with a great product in Kasperky Anti-Virus 2012. Kaspersky has an industry leading 100% malware detection rate and has pretty good removal as well. But the antiphishing is somewhat weak and some particular malware types cause problems with Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012. Overall Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 is one of the best antivirus for Windows 7 at 39.95$. 9. BitDefender AntiVirus Plus 2012 BitDefender AntiVirus Plus also has a near perfect malware detection rate like the top security software and a very good removal rate as well. A snazzy UI and a price point of 39.95$ for 3 licenses work in its favor. However, BitDefender is extremely large for just an antivirus software and weighs in around 850MB. Also, the malware removal rate is quite slow. Still, it is one of the best available in the market today.