Everybody needs to protect their computer against different kind of viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, dialers, rootkit and worms. If your antivirus software is up to date most of the programs will detect all those kind of infections. For everybody it’s a must to have good protection against those infections, a computer without any antivirus software will be damaged sooner or later. Every computer is connected to the internet continuously and the most infection comes from there, another way to get a virus or malware is through the USB drive. Now there are many virus scanners mostly paid, but there are also many free antivirus software available, so there is no excuse for not having an Antivirus software on your operating system. The free antivirus software is good enough for protecting your computer.
I made a list of free antivirus software which are good and all for free, don’t forget to choose one if you haven’t installed antivirus yet. Free antivirus software are available for Mac, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Linux operating systems.
Microsoft Security Essentials
This is one of the best free antivirus software for home users and small businesses. It protects you in real-time, which means the threats will catched before it will starts to give problems. Microsoft Security Essentials alerts when viruses, worms or spyware will be installed on your computer. It has the option to make a full system scan, fast scan or customize scan. Once it detects a threat you can choose to place it in quarantine, ignore or deleting it. The threats will be divided by very dangerous, high, normal and low. Microsoft Security Essentials detects if the firewall is enabled or disabled, so if it is turned of you can still turn it on. For the rest it contains technologies for rootkits and other aggressive threats.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition
This software protects you for viruses, spyware and others in Real-time. PC Tools AntiVirus automatically check for updates against the latest threats. It detects if there are threats coming through e-mail, storage media, internet or other network protocols and you have the option to make a full system scan. You can customize if you want to remove or put the threat in quarantine and will make a log to overview all the threats which attacked your computer.
Avast! Free Antivirus
Avast Free Antivirus is for home based and will protect your computer against viruses, rootkits and spyware, it has a real-time rootkit protection and warns you if there are threats attacking your computer. Avast has also a separate mail scanner and shields for surfing , chatting,P2P, scripts and network traffic. Avast has a sandbox to test potentially dangerous programs and a browser add-on called WebRep, for the security of Internet Explorer and Firefox.
AVG Antivirus Free edition 2012
Everybody knows Avg Antivirus and has more than 100 million users. The free version is for home use only. AVG Antivirus Free Edition doesn’t slow down your computer and is easy to use. It protects you against viruses, spyware and malware online and also offline. The link scanner keeps you away from harmful sites so you can surf and search with confidence. Avg Antivirus Free protects you against the latest viruses and spyware with the automatic updates. This software is available for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux and Mac operating systems.
Avira Free Antivirus
Avira Free Antivirus keeps your computer clean from infection from viruses, worms and Trojans, it blocks right away before they start to attack your computer. It protects you from malicious websites, downloading viruses while browsing and has a mail Guard to protect your email. The free edition is for home use only but if you want you can try for free the paid version for 30 days.
Ad-Aware Free Internet Security
Ad-Aware Free Internet Security detects malware, worms, rootkits,viruses and dialers. This is a very popular antivirus software and has been downloaded more than 400 million times. It protects you against spyware, rootkits, trojans, keyloggers, password stealers, virus and more. It has a Rootkit Removal System, real-time protection and full system scan which can be scheduled, it scans also external drives. There is an option to install in simple or advanced mode to customize your settings. With the automatic update you have no worries that you are not protected against the latest viruses, malware, worms etc.
Bitdefender Free Edition
Bitdefender Free edition is an on-demand virus scanner which scans and removes all detected viruses, worms, spyware and more. You can make a full scan or selected folders on-demand or scheduled. It will put the detected files in quarantine and with the Bitdefender Labs you can see more information about the infection. Bitdefender Free edition is available for Windows XP, vista, Windows 7, Linux and Mac and provided online and offline protection for your computer. It has a user-friendly interface that allows you to configure the setting easily. The Device Detection makes it possible to scan external drives.
Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus
Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus protects you against viruses and spyware. It removes unwanted tracking software, defends against information-stealing sites and protects your web browser and searches. Spyware Doctor detects, removes and blocks all types of viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, worms, key loggers and other online threats.
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition has a real-time protection against all kind of viruses, worms, spyware and others. While surfing it detects if you enter malicious and phishing sites and warns you to stay away from those sites. Panda cloud is a very popular, easy to use and powerful anti-virus software.
Outpost Security Suite Free
Outpost Security Suite is produced by Agnitum and this free software detects all kind of viruses, worms, spam and spyware. Before Outpost was only a firewall but it extended with anti-malware. This program is new, started in april 2011, and the free edition has many features like a firewall and a spyware module . Outpost Security Suite Free is available for Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7.