One of the first things you should ever do after you get a new laptop or computer is to get virus protection software. Most computer stores offer paid software right as you buy your computer or some come with pre-installed trial versions of the best paid services out there.
But at some point, you may not want to get a paid service or your trial runs out. What do you do? Luckily for you, there are free antivirus software packages available online that do a good job (although not as good as the paid versions). To counteract their limited features, you can always get more than one, although keep in mind that this means double update and double scanning schedules.
Nonetheless, here are the best free virus protection software we?ve seen so far:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70
If you already need a cleanup and to see any problems that are already present, then this is the best free antivirus software out there. It?s easy to use and can catch the malware that?s already present. It cleans up your system and doesn?t need a lot of help from support to get you to know how it works.
AVG Free Antivirus
Cleanup is only the first step and Malwarebytes doesn?t quite fit the bill when you want to prevent infection. When you want something that runs in the background, always vigilant for attacks, malware and other dangerous services that try to run on your PC, AVG is the one for you. Take note that AVG can?t protect you from all threats since it?s free, but it?s the best one out there.
Avira Free Antivirus
What AVG can?t cover Avira can handle. You can think of having two services that overlap over known threats. This means that one can handle what the other can?t. Again, keep in mind that this means you have to run two background apps and scan double every time you boot.
Avast! Free Antivirus
It?s worth noting, though, that super-infested executable files are the most damaging files you could have on your computer. When you get one in your system, it?s nigh-impossible to take it out without a reformat. Avast! Is the most reliable free service for blocking executable files that are pushed by infected URLs.
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