Antivirus software is essential for every computer system because it keeps hardware clean from viruses and helps it running in top condition. Some antivirus also provides firewall protection and prevents intruders from enter your system.
If you are a general computer user and looking for a free antivirus with average protection features then you better try these!
Avast Free Antivirus
Avast has always been one of my favorite antiviruses not only because its free edition has everything a general computer user can ask for but it also updates virus database definition automatically for free. Open the ‘Avast user interface’ and click ‘settings’ link located at top right corner of the window then click ‘Update’ in the left panel and choose ‘Automatic update’ check box under ‘Engine and Virus Definitions’, and it will automatically update the virus database for free if your computer is connected to the internet.
The free edition is simple, lightweight and has only basic features of the complete edition such as virus and spyware protection, and remote computing with a trusted user. The free edition is available at Avast website and you can use it for as long as you want.
AVG Free Edition
AVG is a popular, simple and an easy-to-use antivirus, and it is ideal for computer users who check mails, write documents and do simple tasks on the internet. The free edition is small in size and don’t put much load on the computer and it works fine with old systems and Windows XP operating system.
The developers of AVG added only basic features in the free edition. It can scan a computer for viruses, malwares and spywares, and it provides real-time protection.
Avira Free Antivirus 2012
Avira is also an excellent antivirus and it shows good performance on old computers. Avira is good for computer users who spend some time on the internet each day as it monitors websites you visit and it warns you when a website contains malicious codes which can harm the computer. It also scans every file you access and eliminates viruses and malwares from the directory. But if you are looking for extra protection from online intruders, buy Internet Security 2012 now and save up to 50%.
Comodo Cleaning Essentials
Comodo Cleaning Essentials edition is a free antivirus designed with most basic protection and virus cleaning tools, and it works fine with fairly old computers with low system specifications. It can detect all major viruses and malwares, and can identify unapproved processes running behind.
Comodo Cleaning Essentials cannot work as a substitute for an antivirus with real-time shield protection but it is ideal for very old computers (which are of course obsolete) such as Pentium 3 and 4. You can also run Comodo Cleaning Essentials from a USB and it requires no installation.
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
If you are looking for an antivirus specifically to prevent online attacks of malwares and spywares then you should definitely try Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus. It monitors suspicious spying activities running behind, detects malwares from being downloaded themselves from the internet and it warns users when they are about to visit an infected website. Lavasoft Ad-Aware is a recommended malware remover for internet users.
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