Top 10 free antivirus programs

Written by spencer hendricks
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Computer technology has evolved considerably, and because of these advances, users have more options than ever before. Many people rely on computers to stay in contact with friends and family, search for work, get an education or simply to relax and play a video game. In this continually growing world of computers, new threats are born everyday, and they, too, become more evolved. Having a quality antivirus program is vital, and while some are pricey, some can be had for free, according to

BitDefender Free Antivirus Edition

Although the free edition does not offer real-time scanning like the cost version does, BitDefender still offers on-demand scanning with the same well regarded engine that the professional version has, giving the user the ability protect a computer just as well as a paid program would.

ClamWin Free Antivirus

ClamWin Free Antivirus features high-detection scanning software that updates automatically, making it very easy to maintain. It detects spyware as well as viruses. ClamWin's simple interface makes it an ideal free program for a novice computer user.

Blink Personal

Blink Personal is an all-in-one security suite that contains a firewall as well as Identity Protection and protection from malware. While Blink Personal offers some nice extra features other freeware does not, the detection rate of spyware is lower than most other free software available.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Requiring very little in the way of computer resources, Microsoft Security Essentials has a simple, modern interface and a very good detection rate, making it a viable antivirus choice for those who want a program that runs in the background without interrupting ongoing activities.

Avira AntiVir Personal Edition

Real-time monitoring is just one of many perks offered by Avira AntiVir's free software. It also features protection against worms and Trojans as well as an Anti-Fishing and Anti-Rootkit program. One drawback to this program is that it contains constant advertisements for the cost edition of the product.

Avast! Home Edition

Offering a shield against threats detected in instant messages, peer-to-peer programs, and even web-based activities, Avast is loaded down with security features that make it a great all-in-one package. It is the only free software to offer phone support for any software trouble.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

With over 70 million downloads, AVG's free antivirus software is one of the most popular protection programs available. It offers real-time security and great basic protection against various types of malware, and takes up the least amount of hard drive space, requiring just 30 megabytes to install.

Comodo Antivirus

Comodo features automatic updates and real-time scanning to ensure a computer is protected at all times. It also scans e-mails and immediately quarantines any files deemed harmful, making it a less hands-on program than other freeware.

PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition

With built-in protection against threats like worms, Trojans and viruses, PC Tools Antivirus will keep a computer safe from all of the most potential damaging malware, but does suffer from a lower detection rate than other free software.

Rising Antivirus Free Edition

In addition to protecting against basic malware, Rising Antivirus also safeguards personal information such as online bank details, MSN and Yahoo account information, and other private user files. A downside is that Rising AntiVirus's scanning engine is not certified, leading to lower detection rates.

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