Viruses, spyware and malware are an unavoidable part of the Internet these days, capable of spreading to millions of computers in an astonishing short period of time. The best way to minimize the chances of your computer getting infected is by installing good antivirus software. There are plenty of free options available, and it is always reassuring to know that you pick a quality program, so we listed four of our favourite free antivirus programs that you can download and install to protect your computer.
The 4 Free Antivirus Programs
AVG Free Edition
This software program has a very simple and easy to navigate interface that makes performing a virus scan quite simple. It can be easily configured to run daily and in the background, or set up scanning whenever you feel like it. This software is recommended mostly for those who only use the computer when they have to, and don’t like to deal with unfamiliar computer programs in general. It also automatically updates on a daily basis, so that its database has latest worm or virus released online. Overall, it is one of the best free antivirus application.
Avira Free Antivirus
This is probably the simplest antivirus software on the list, but it good at eliminating the most common viruses, malware and worms from your computer. This program has nice interface, and also includes daily updates and scans. Its simple user interface makes PC scanning quite easy. You can easily schedule automatic scans and updates as per convenience. It also keeps you safe from malicious email attachments. Since it is the lightweight on the list, it’s great for old computers that get bogged down with other large anti-virus programs. However, if your computer ends up with a serious malicious virus, don’t rely exclusively on this program to be able to save the day. You can download a free version from the office Avira’s official website.
Avast Free Antivirus
Avast recently released their latest version, and it looks quite good. It has a really fast antispyware and antivirus scanning engine and the easy to navigate interface as a very slick look to it. Unlike earlier versions of Avast, the latest version of does not use much of your computer resources, so even your older computer might be able to run this antivirus software with ease. Unfortunately, it looks as though some of the better options available are in their paid versions, and the free version is used mostly as the teaser version, but its still a great free option to look into.
PC Tools ThreatFire Free
PC Tools is a highly reputable and highly reviewed company and has been manufacturing Internet security products for years. It’s latest version of ThreatFire is certainly what you would expect out of them. It features simple and nice interface and you can schedule updates, and scans for spyware and viruses in very quickly. This software is unique to others on the list in that it is set up to be more proactive at detecting viruses, and it can catch and remove more threatening ones that would otherwise have you wiping your computer. The company offers regular updates on virus patches so you won’t have to worry about new threats when online.
Amongst the four free antivirus programs, we would have to recommend PC Tools ThreatFire. All four programs are worth looking into, and would all be great to use to help protect your computer.
This article was contributed by Data Recovery Group, providers of data recovery services to individuals and businesses.