Best VPN Antivirus? The Whole Enchilada

Best VPN Antivirus is kind of like finding a unicorn, while there are some really good VPN providers and some great Antivirus software choices, there seems to be a lack of Great VPN and Antivirus combination choices that provide rock-solid security and the most up to date virus threat protection.

In this post, I am going to try to dissect some of these programs to see if I can’t find a suitable option that provides both VPN and Antivirus protection in an all-in-one format. I won’t be able to go through all the possible options on the market, so I am going to compare 5 of the top choices for 2020.

First up is going to be

Norton Secure VPN

Norton Secure VPN By Symantec

Norton is one of the top-rated Antivirus providers. The company is reputable and has been around for years. Norton also has one of the largest virus threat databases. Norton also provides what they term as ” Viral Removal Assistance ” warranty. This warranty provides ” Guarantee remote assistance and a complete refund if your device becomes infected while running Norton Antivirus Software”.

The Antivirus software offers the most up-to-date virus threat database

The VPN offers

  • AES 256 bit key, military-grade encryption
  • OpenVPN protocol
  • Servers located in 30 countries including Europe/Australia/South Africa/North America
  • Streaming site access such as Netflix, BBC iplayer
  • Ad tracker that blocks targeted ads
  • and more

The Pros are as followed

  • 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Compatible with Windows/MacOS/Android/iOS
  • Newbie friendly with a user-friendly interface
  • FAQ Section
  • 24/7 Phone or live chat tech support
  • Good to above-average speeds
  • No-log policy

The Cons are as followed

  • Does not allow P2P (Peer 2 Peer) and Bit Torrent option on VPN
  • Does not provide Internet Kill Switch feature
  • Little customization options
  • VPN can not be shared on other platforms such as Game Consoles and Smart TVs
  • Not located in privacy-friendly location ( Canada )

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Comodo TrustConnect VPN

Comodo Antivirus is compatible with all major operating systems. The Antivirus will hunt down and destroy any Malware hiding on your computer. It also provides

  • Anti Spyware protection
  • Anti Rootkit protection
  • Anti Malware protection
  • Defense +
  • Bot protection
  • Memory Firewall
  • Auto Sandbox Technology which will run any unknown files in a safe environment to prevent any damage they may cause

The TrustConnect VPN features are

  • AES 128 bit key data encryption
  • Unlimited device support, but not simultaneously
  • Compatible with Linux/Windows/MacOS X
  • OpenVPN protocol
  • 50 GB hosted on-line backup

The Pros are as follows

  • Compatible with older versions of Windows including XP/Vista
  • Easy setup and use
  • 24/7 Live support

The Cons are as follows

  • 10 GB per month VPN restriction
  • Limited server locations
  • Slow speeds due to limited servers
  • Does not support P2P (Peer 2 Peer) and Torrenting
  • Logs all system connections

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AVG Secure VPN

AVG is known for its multi-device support and excellent monitoring and antivirus protection

Secure VPN features are

  • AES 256 bit key military encryption
  • Compatible with Mac/Windows/Android
  • OpenVPN and UDP protocol for Windows
  • IPsec protocol for Mac
  • No-Log policy
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Killswitch
  • Connects automatically when connected to unsecured Wi-Fi network

Pros are as follows

  • 30 Day money-back guarantee
  • Free of virus and data leaks
  • Minimal degradation on download speeds
  • Option to organize servers based on region

Cons are as follows

  • Limited server locations (21 countries)
  • Not compatible with Routers/Smart TVs/game Consoles
  • Does not have live chat support
  • Some personal data is collected and saved for up to 30 days and can be shared with authorities under certain circumstances

PHANTOM VPN

Avira Phantom VPN

Is known for its hands-off Antivirus Software for newbies. Also, for its ability to prevent phishing attacks and detection and removal of Malware. The VPN offers powerful encryption and excellent ease of use.

Phantom VPN features are

  • AES 256 bit key military-grade encryption
  • Unlimited device access
  • Compatible across Windows/Android/iOS/Mac devices
  • OpenVPN protocol for Android/Mac/Windows users
  • iOS devices use the ikev2 protocol
  • Servers located in 38 countries including Australia/Hong Kong/Russia/United Kingdom/United States
  • Easy to use interface
  • Allows P2P (Peer 2 Peer) connections
  • Auto-connect feature when connecting to an unsecured network

Pros are as follows

  • Offers monthly and yearly subscription plans
  • Offers 14-Day free refund on a 1-month license, and 30 Day free refund on a 1-year plan
  • No DNS or IP leaking
  • No-Log policy
  • Easy to switch servers

Cons are as follows

  • Poor speed performance on all speed tests
  • Not compatible with Game Consoles/Smart TVs/Routers
  • Only supports Windows 7 or higher
  • Not recommended for high data usage when Gaming or Browsing

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BullGuard VPN

Bullguard Antivirus software is known for its multi-device support. Bullguard also offers very good Malware removal tools. The VPN is a white-label version of NORDVPN that offers good speeds, multi-device access, and strong encryption.

Bullguard VPN features are

  • AES 256 bit key military-grade encryption
  • Support for up to 6 devices simultaneously
  • Compatible with Windows/Android/Mac/iOS
  • Servers located in 16 countries including Canada/United Kingdom/Singapore/North America
  • Offers unlimited bandwidth
  • Allows P2P (Peer 2 Peer) torrenting
  • Auto-connect feature when using mobile/Wi-Fi networks
  • App Killswitch
  • Killswitch
  • Option to add DNS
  • Option to choose protocol types between OpenVPN/UDP/TCP

Pros are as follows

  • 30- Day money-back guarantee
  • Easy to use/Setup
  • No-Log policy
  • Fast speeds
  • 24/7 Live support through live chat/email in several languages

Cons are as follows

  • Limited servers and locations
  • Does not support split tunneling
  • No phone support
  • Does not support manual set-up on routers

No Such Thing As The Whole Enchilada

As we have discovered that finding the best VPN Antivirus is harder than it seems. Some that we reviewed provide excellent Antivirus protection, but do not offer what would be considered a strong VPN. Some offered the gold standard of encryption, 256-bit key, but then offered no Killswitch feature. While some offered No-Log policy but then had limited servers and functionality.

We also discovered that the best VPN Antivirus is not an all-in-one program, they are just Antivirus program that allows an at cost VPN service add on, while there is nothing wrong with this per se, but if you have to add either VPN to Antivirus or Antivirus to VPN, it is my opinion that you find what you consider to be the best Antivirus software that suits your needs and then add what you consider to be the best VPN that again suits your needs, you would be much better off.

You would be able to get exactly what you want and need in both programs, you would have the best of both worlds.

I hope you enjoyed this post if you have any questions or just want to leave a comment please do so below

Take care

Stay secure and always practice

Safe Text !!!

Butch

8 thoughts on “Best VPN Antivirus? The Whole Enchilada

  1. I find it quite unbelievable that the Norton warranty offers free virus removal and a complete refund if your device becomes infected while running its software. Those are pretty high standards for the company and hard for the others to compete with, especially when I’ve always questioned whether antiviruses (with or without VPN) really work, anyway. So that Norton warranty would be a big selling point for me as it shows they actually believe in what they say their software can do. I actually think a VPN software (2-in-1 with antivirus) would protect devices more than just standard antiviruses too. It’s probably not popular with governments though! 

    • Thanks for the comment Anthony, It is quite the warranty and would be very hard to compete with, that could be why Norton is one of the more popular Antivirus providers. I personally find Norton ( when I used ) to be very slow and restrictive to use.  The use of both Antivirus and VPN as stand-alone programs, in my opinion, is the way to go, you can get the best and most options of each without giving up any security, as most 2 in 1 programs do not have all you would want for security.  Take care

      Stay secure

      Butch

  2. I have always been a fan of Norton antivirus protection, maybe just because I have never really thought about it and it is  the one the has come with my computers that I have always bought. I was unaware that there are some antivirus programs that allow bit torrent, I will need to look into some of these you have listed, which would you suggest between the Bullguard and the AVG? I appreciate the help!

    • Hi, Travis thanks for the comment. There are quite a few VPNs that support P2P and Torrent. I would not choose either Bullguard or AVG, although they both provide good security. AVG stores some personal data fro up to 3 months and can share, also provides limited servers and countries. Bullguard also has limited servers and countries. I would recommend ( this is a biased recommendation ) the VPN which I currently use which is PUREVPN, out of all the VPNs I have tried I find Pure to be the easiest to set up, use, it has great speeds and everything you want in a VPN, including servers in a 140 countries and 2000+ VPN servers. Take care

      All the best and always remember to practice

      Safe Text!!

      Stay secure

      Butch

  3. My family has been using AVG for years. I think the main reason we first went with them was that you could have it on multiple devices. It’s always worked well for us and we’ve never had any issues with it. We did have Norton for a while but I think our issue with it was that it thought everything was a threat. It was a very long time ago that we used it though so I’m sure it better now.

    • Hi, Sam thanks for the comment. That was one of my issues also everything was a threat, not sure if it has changed it has been a few years since I used Norton. Take care

      All the best and remember to always practice

      Safe Text!!

      Stay secure

      Butch

  4. Hi Allan, thank you for an informative post. It is truly difficult to find the best solution and in the end I guess we just need to find the features that we need and the best price :-). I do have a few questions that I hope you can clarify. For example you mentioned OpenVPN or UDP or TCP protocols… although I am computer savvy, I was hoping you could explain a little more about this? My needs are essentially to use VPN for my work which will require me to look like I come from different countries. In this case, does any one of these protocols make a difference? Appreciate your effort in writing the article and answer to my question here.

    • Hi, Steve thanks for the comment. I will do my best to explain OpenVPN is a software app. It is a program that runs two ends of an internet tunnel, at one end you have an OpenVPN client and at the other end is an OpenVPN server. Most reputable VPNs use OpenVPN in their programs, it provides the highest level of encryption 256 bit-key. What makes OpenVPN popular is it is able to use both UDP (User Data Protocol) and TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) – with UDP being the preferred one. the two protocols basically are used to send bits of data also known as packets, OpenVpn encrypts this data which in turn provides the security of the data contained in the packets. The protocols themselves don’t really make a difference, the VPN you choose does, you want a VPN that uses OpenVPN. I hope I answered your question. Take care

      all the best and always remember to practice

      Safe Text!!

      Stay secure

      Butch

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