Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a ton of money when it comes to protecting your computer against the dangers of viruses. In fact, in most cases you do not even have to spend a penny! On this page I want to run you through some of the best antivirus software for your PC. All of it is 100% free. Can’t say fairer than that right?
AdAware was originally conceived as a piece of software that was designed to fight off all those annoying Trojans and the like which generated pop ups on your computer. In fact, just a few years ago it was one of the most popular pieces of free software in the world for protection of that nature.
Its current incarnation however goes well beyond blocking those ad generating menaces. Nowadays it can scan your computer in real time to ensure that you stay fully protected from viruses. It will scan every single inch of your computer to ensure that nothing is lurking within. It is a fairly lightweight program too, which means that you will not even notice it when it is running. The interface of AdAware is also VERY simple to browse through. This software is much recommended.
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender in Windows 8)
If you own a Windows computer then this software is going to come installed as standard. Like most other free antivirus software it will run real time protection. You can also scan for intruders whenever you like. It is not the most powerful on this list, but it certainly is a good starting point for those that understand the value of PC security.
This program is very similar in functionality to AdAware. Many people claim that it has slightly better detection though. People also find the user interface slightly easier to browse through. One of the great things about Avast! Is that it seems to be getting an almost constant stream of updates. This is absolutely fantastic, after all, there are new threats coming into existence all of the time. When a company stays on top of things, you know that you are going to be keeping your computer safe. Check out my Avast review here.
The last free antivirus software I wish to draw to your attention is that of AVG Free. This software functions in pretty much the same way as the previous ones I have mentioned. However, it has a feature which I have yet to spot on the other software. This is the fact that it will check every single link that pops up in real time. This way you will know whether there is a threat of being ‘attacked’ from a particular website before you click the link. This does slow down the browsing of the internet somewhat, but to be honest, if you are the type of person who normally gets yourself into a bit of a pickle then this sacrifice in speed will be worth it.
Of course, this is just a very brief guide to the best free antivirus software for your PC. I am pretty sure that there is a whole heap of software that I have yet to mention. I suggest that you start with this list though. They should fulfill your needs pretty well.
One final point though. Remember, the best protection for your computer is always you. If you browse the internet and check through your emails with a bit of common sense then you should avoid most viruses straight off the bat.