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Top Antivirus Lists: Why Isn’t PC Matic Listed?

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Recently we’ve received a plethora of questions regarding PC Matic’s lack of presence on top antivirus lists.  We’d like to take the opportunity to share with you why PC Matic is not “featured” on these “top” lists.

These sites are often “pay to play”.  Meaning, the company pays to be listed.  This is confirmed in various disclosure statements provided on the websites.  For instance, below you will find a portion of the Advertising Disclosure from Top10AntivirusSoftware.com,

“Please be advised that the operator of this site accepts advertising compensation from companies that appear on the site, and such compensation impacts the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented, and in some cases, may also impact the scoring that is assigned to them. To the extent that scoring appears on this site, such score is determined by the site operator in its sole discretion, and should NOT be relied upon for accuracy purposes.”

Another website, BestAntivirusProviders.com, has a similar statement within their Statement of Disclosure,

“In some instances, BestAntivirusProviders.com may receive financial gain for the reviews that appear on the website.”

Since anyone can pay to be listed on these sites, there is a risk of potential scams being included as well.  For instance, Bob Rankin recently wrote an article regarding the legitimacy of the #1 antivirus solution listed by Best Antivirus Providers, TotalAV.  You may read the full article here.

Why PC Matic Isn’t Listed

With the concerns of legitimacy and reputability of these websites, PC Matic chooses not to take part.  Instead of paying to play, PC Matic relies  on independent third-party testing.

Over the last two years, PC Matic has earned a 99.9% detection rating in the Virus Bulletin Reactive and Proactive Test, became AV-Test certified, and detected 100% of ransomware and other malware samples in AV-Comparatives testing.

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10 thoughts on “Top Antivirus Lists: Why Isn’t PC Matic Listed?

  1. I’ve been very interested in switching from AVG purchased to PCMatic. I’ve had a feeling for a couple of years that AVG is the cause of some of my connection problems and is somewhat controlling what and how I do things on my computer. My concern is, “Will or can AVG prevent me from loading PCMatic and is there a secrete to riding my computer of AVG and All of it contents?”

    • Hi Gary,
      When installing PC Matic, there is a feature called “conflicting program removal”. It is on by default at the time of installation. This tool removes all programs that would conflict with PC Matic. These programs are other security solution providers (AVG, Avast, Symantec, etc.). The reason we integrated this into our installation process is to make the process easier for the user. Using multiple antivirus programs is not encouraged, so instead of telling the user to uninstall everything — we do it for you! If you have any other questions, please let us know.

    • @Gary L. Chilton: fyi: SPELLING CORRECTIONS TO ABOVE paragraph: “Will or can AVG prevent me from loading PCMatic and is there a secrete to riding my computer of AVG And all of its contents?” “secrete” should be SECRET and “riding” should be RIDDING.

      • Well, quite the English teacher!
        Tell Mrs School Teacher…
        Let me school you.
        Sometimes auto correct will correct a properly spelled word with a misspelled improper word. So don’t be a”word watcher”…
        You understood what he wrote… Correct?

        I apologize to those who had to read this.

  2. I am thinking about purchasing you product but need to know if it is in compliance with Microsoft’s directive. (No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix) Microsoft won’t let you install future security updates until your antivirus vendor sets a specific registry key that certifies compatibility with Windows.) Have you complied with this requirement. My system is Windows 10 , I just purchased this new system and don’t like the Anti Virus program it has.

  3. I guess I’ve known this for quite a while, and still I have to admit, at glancing at them without taking this into account. Stupid me. But, after having been a Norton/Symantec guy for more than 15 yrs, I made the change to PC Matic on good word from a trusted friend that it was a superior product. It is nice to know that the pay-to-play is for the “other” guys. Stay original.

  4. Love PCMATIC !
    Been working with these “new fangled” / “love-hate” machines since 1978.
    Installed PCMATIC on 4 of my 7 machine latest network when they began, never had a problem.
    At 82, I’m hoping they stay in business till I croak!

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