PC Tools AntiVirus Free offers protection against viruses, trojans, worms, spyware and other malware with free automatic updates. This program is made PC Tools which also makes firewall. The protection is in real-time which means that it will catch the threat before it integrate and install in your computer. An on-demand system scan be performed to check malicious files on the computer. Detected viruses and malware can be removed automatically or they can be placed in quarantine. Files which are in quarantine, can be replaced later again.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free also has a memory guard which gives protection against malware that wants to settle in the memory of the computer. The memory guard also ensures a better detection of malware. It has a build in email scanner which scans all your incoming and outgoing mail.
The interface of PC Tools AntiVirus is simple and clear. However, there are many advertisements asking you to upgrade to the paid version PC Tools Spyware Doctor. The memory usage is quite low and the processor load is also good. When there is a full system scan performed it is possible that the computer will run slower.
Download and install PC Tools Antivirus Free
The software can be downloaded from free.pctools.com, on the website click on the blue button Download antivirus free. The installation doesn’t take much time, only a couple of minutes. It will ask you first to read the license agreement and in which folder to install the software. In the next window you can choose the basic installation or the advanced installation. The advanced installation is the paid version and the basic is the free version. Choose the free version, upgrading to the paid version you can still do some time. If there is another antivirus or spyware software installed on your computer it is better to disable it to have no conflicts. In the next windows make sure you tick all the Antivirus databases. Click on Next, to finish the installation including the database update.
Using PC Tools Antovirus
After the installation you should see the interface, if not, open it by double-click the PC Tools icon on your desktop or in the system tray. The interface, which is very user-friendly, has some features. In the Home tab you have an overview on your protection and the status. You can see the performed scans, how many items has been scanned, latest database update and the detected threats. For the rest you can see the status of the IntelliGuard and the real-time protection. The IntelliGuard detects and block threats coming from downloads, email, network and internet browsing before they attacks your computer.
There are 3 choices to scan, Intelli-Scan, Full scan, Custom scan. Intelli-scan is just a quick scan and only scans critical areas. The full scan takes a long time because it will scan all the folders and registry. If you want to scan only a certain folder choose Custom scan.
In the settings you can enable or disable the file guard and the email scanner, and set the scheduled scan. Also, you can set a restore point, view the history and viewing the threats in quarantine.
- IntelliGuard protection against computer viruses and related malware threats.
- Smart Updates to keep virus definitions and other feature enhancements up to date.
- Custom Scan Settings applicable to both: on-demand file scan and real-time protection features.
- Ability to quarantine and restore items that have been detected.
- Logging of File Scans conducted by PC Tools AntiVirus.
Minimum System Requirements
- Intel Pentium 300 MHz processor (or equivalent) or better.
- 256 MB of RAM.
- 40 MB of free hard disk space.
- Internet Explorer 6 or greater.