As promised earlier, here’s a brief overview of some of the free antivirus software which can be used with Windows OS, thou paid ones are not to be discredited at any point in time, with the likes of Norton Internet Security Suite and Kaspersky Internet Security Suite coming to mind.
1. Avast! Free antivirus
AVAST Software’s avast! Free Antivirus most certainly deserves to be on any list of the best free antivirus programs. avast! Free Antivirus has fully functioning antivirus and antispyware engines protecting your PC from threats from the Internet, your files, emails, and even instant messages. The free version is suitable for home users only, with paid versions being made available for businesses and corporate use, thou the free version does require a free registration process for a 1 year license.
2. AVG Free antivirus
AVG Anti-Virus Free is a full-fledged antivirus and antispyware tool, includes an email scanner, link scanner, scheduled scanning options, automatic updates, and more.
3. Comodo Antivirus
Comodo Antivirus is easily one of the best free antivirus solutions solely because of its Defense+ technology that, by default, assumes unknown files are threats instead of safe. That sounds like it might cause problems but Comodo Antivirus utilizes some other technologies to make the whole process silent but still very effective. Do keep in mind thou that Comodo does provide a free Internet Security Suite for home users which can also be used if one wants the firewall as well, else both the firewall (link in previous post) and antivirus software are available as free stand-alone installers.
4. Avira AntiVir Personal
Avira AntiVir Personal protects you from viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, adware, and various other kinds of malware, making it a fully functional antimalware tool and certainly one of the best free antivirus programs.
5. Panda cloud antivirus
Panda Cloud Antivirus protects you from several kinds of malware threats – viruses, worms, Trojans, adware, and more – just like all the other free antivirus programs in this list.
6. Microsoft Security Essentials
Security Essentials from Microsoft is also one of the best free antivirus programs available right now. Security Essentials is a fantastic antivirus program that protects you from all sorts of malware, updates automatically, and is incredibly easy to use.
7. PC Tools Antivirus Free
PC Tools AntiVirus Free offers basic protection against viruses and other malware. While not my favorite, AntiVirus Free is still one of the best free antivirus programs you’ll find.
Once again, if you have other free antivirus tools to share, feel free to contribute via the Comments section.