Every machine we use such as PC, smart phone, tablet and laptop connected to internet is vulnerable. Security companies also know that, therefore, there are dozens of paid products claiming to offer protection from all sorts of online, and offline potential threats including malwares, Trojans and worms. But paying annual subscription fees and covering all devices can be expensive. If that is what you believe in too, you have come to right place. Keep on reading!
Nevertheless, many free antivirus solutions available are not exactly samebut nearly as good as paid versions. You may be thinking do I really need these free versionsas I have Windows Defender. Independent testing shows poor detection rates of Windows Defender-missing one in six-that can lead to a serious problem. Although antivirus tools are necessary to act as first line of defence from malwares that includes viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, dialers, keyloggers, and rootkits but amount of malwares circulating these days are so large that it is not possible for antiviruses to detect all of them. Having said that, it is still recommended to add additional layer to your security arsenal through legal, professional-quality antivirus and protective software for free.
CYSEC Free Antivirus: By far the best detection rate of all the free tools we reviewed, however that would be because they test the files against the entire internet database of known Trojans and viruses via the Virus total website. This tool would be great for AV analysis or threat researchers as it pretty much covers the entire market and gives you total protection.
360 Total Security: The independent testing labs, for instance, AV-Test, AV-Comparatives and Virus Bulletin ranked Qihoo 360 among few top antiviruses.
The user interface is a bit complex and may not be easy to operate and if you run into some issue, there might not be significant available help.
On the other hand, in terms of detecting malwares, this free antivirus is hard to beat. Althoughit does take a bit longer than other competitors do, however, surprisingly it does not affect the performance of the machine. VB100 and AV-Comparatives testing also identified the same results.
Avast Free Antivirus:Sometimes freebies come with something, which consumers have to bear. This is precisely the case with free antivirus and in this case Avast. It will equip your machine with Google toolbar. But no worries, you can easily remove this by unchecking the box while installing.
Another advertising technique is that Avast free antivirus scans for performance issues and displays a banner identifying problems. But it does not fix any issues rather suggest to buy Avast’sGrimeFighter.
Lucky enough the user interface of Avast Free Antivirus is user friendly. These pointless GrimeFighter scans can be stopped by changing settings. The user can customise it, for instance, what to scan, how to scan, ignore particular URLs or file types. Thus, the user can dictate the antivirus what to do.
According to independent testing labs,Avast Free Antivirus performs well in blocking malicious URLs that means fewer encounters with malwares. Yet, the overall rating is mid-range. Additionally,it includes checks for security holes and software identifies missing software patches and installs them with a click.
Avast free antivirus may not be the best antivirus out there in market, but its interface and customisation is one of the best.
AVG Free Antivirus:Customers’ do not always need to pay hard cash for software tools. You may be wondering how this works with security companies in term of business. Security companies give away these freebies as their marketing strategy. This holds true in case of AVG free antivirus. The AVG free antivirus comes with ads and Go Pro button, persuading the user to upgrade and buy the paid version. On the other hand, it does not bother users much as it usually runs in background and does have some compensation.
AVG’s scheduler runs the scanning periodically at regular intervals, which can be specific days, weeks or months. The user can schedule scans and updates so that it will not conflict with your bandwidth when you need it most.
One of the best features of AVG antivirus is speed of scanning. With AVG Turbo scan feature it can improve speed of scan by following the order in which files are saved to the hard drive.
In case of accuracy, AVG is a bit uncertain. AV-Comparatives ranked AVG free antivirus in mid-range among their 22 contenders. However, the tool gives very few false positive notifications.
AVG free antivirus lags behind a bit in accuracy, but it possess speed, configurability and good anti-phishing results. Thus, as the software is free to download it is worth trying.
Keeping your machines without antivirus is not an option, even if you do not care about your computer. Leaving your computer on mercy of malwares can be an expensive deal. Therefore, installing security tools is necessary. Good news is you do not have to pay a penny as I just mentioned few free options available among plenty of free antivirus software products. The best part is user can uninstall previous tool and install new security product without any additional cost.