A majority of security suites offer a VPN as part of their bundle and can be beneficial in the case of an all-in one tool. The bundles are quite cost-effective, and you can get two great tools for the price of one. However, not all of them provide the same level of quality. Some are sorely limited, and others – like Surfshark Antivirus and its next-generation VPN can be compared to most standalone services.
When you combine an antivirus with the aid of a VPN, your online traffic is rerouted through an encrypted tunnel, shielding your data from being scrutinized by others. This blocks advertisers from monitoring your online activities. It can also assist you in overcoming geographical restrictions that can prevent you from accessing certain content or services.
In general, antivirus-enabled virtual private networks don’t compare to the top standalone VPNs, but a few such as TotalAV Safe Browsing are quite decent. It’s not equipped with advanced security features like RAM-only servers, the perfected forward secrecy and an audited, regulated policy of no-logs that the best standalone VPNs possess, but it’s fast and secure, and integrates with the most popular torrenting and streaming applications.
Other options that are worth considering include MacKeeper which has a malware scanner that scored highly in my tests. It has a solid VPN that supports streaming on dedicated P2P servers. It’s user-friendly, has decent speed and has a policy of no logs that was independently verified by Deloitte. CyberGhost is a complete solution that comes with a kill button in the event of unexpected drops in connection, split tunnelling, and 256-bit AES encrypted data, is another option.