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avast! Free Antivirus

anti-virus scanner avast! Free Antivirus is a complete anti-virus package, that is is free for registered home non-commercial users. It contains an on-demand scanner with two interfaces (simple for novices and advanced for experienced users), an on-access scanner with Standard Shield (which protects against execution and opening malware programs) and an embedded e-mail scanner which scans incoming and outgoing email messages. avast! Free Antivirus integrates with the Windows Explorer right click menu and also includes a special screen saver which is able to scan your system while your computer is not in use. Updates are incremental and frequently made available for manual or scheduled download. You will download a 30 day demo, if you would like to continue free usage beyond that time, you`ll need to register from the home page to obtain a free activation key by email. Copyright Snapfiles.com

FYI: This program offers to install promotional or third party software. Installation of these components is optional but you should pay attention during setup to avoid installing unwanted software. Read our policy.

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I ve been using avast! for years I used to recommend it when asked without hesitation but recent developments are getting me to consider alternatives. It still works well and provides excellent protection BUT the software is getting more like AdWare by the week with ever increasing pop-ups nagging you to upgrade or buy something else add to that the inclusion of a new browser that it don t want and didn t ask for and the irritations are piling up. Review details

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  • Recommend to a friend? No
  • Posted Aug 07, 2016 for v12.2.2276

I have tried AVG, Panda, and some other antivirus programs. all free. Avast is the best of the bunch. It can be scheduled to run whenever I want it to. usually taking about 37 minutes for a Full Scan. I have it set for 3 times a week, around 2 am. It updates when new definitions are available. I disabled the full browser scan or “lookout”, cause it slows down my Firefox and Chrome every time! I use the File System Shield, and Ma il Shield. NOT using the browsing Shield. that s what slows it down so much. I had to re-install the program the first time, unchecking the Browsing Shield. Review details

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  • Recommend to a friend? Yes
  • Posted Aug 20, 2015 for v10.3.2225

Avast is great, especially compared to Norton. Norton injects a virus only they can get rid of, and sometimes they can t even fix their own virus. Norton users switched to Avast, but I do recommend once you have your 30 days, switch to AVG and Malware Bytes, preferably Spybot. Avast is good for temp. use, as it s free and it obviously misses somethings, slows down performance, etc. Be careful how you use Avast, and don t depend on it. If you do, it can come back and bite you. Be wary. Review details

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  • Recommend to a friend? Yes
  • Posted May 24, 2015 for v10.2.2218

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AVG Free Antivirus 2015 review

AVG is still one of the bigger names in anti-virus software that offer a decent alternative to the paid for services. Giving you a decent amount of protection via the free options, which doesn’t include the paid-for Internet Security 2015 service, AVG is often at the top of the food chain.

While in 2014 we disagreed with AVG’s somewhat pushy ad strategies, with copious amounts of banners and frequent pop-ups bombarded its user with often useless drivel, it’s not too intrusive this time around. While the ad banner is still there, and can be found in all parts of the free software, it’s not too obnoxious. While it isn’t quite as streamlined as Avast’s 2015 software version. it’s still not all that bad nonetheless.

If you’re willing to actually spend some money on the service, the paid-for Internet Security 15 offers a bunch of features such as file scanning via a cloud-based system, which looks at all downloaded files before they even appear on your PC. For the purposes of this review, we’re solely analysing the free service that AVG offers, and comparing that to other software providers too.

^ AVG’s main menu shows you your security status at a glance

AVG sits quietly in the system tray and doesn’t throw up pop-ups for minor events like slight network changes or the insertion of USB sticks, which is nice. The interface is simple to use and the welcome screen is particularly attractive, giving you a quick summary of the various ways in which your system may or may not be compromised.

This unobtrusive approach was reflected in our legitimate software tests, where AVG was the only free piece of software that didn’t throw up any obstructions when we tried to run various third-party applications. This points to very good research and a constantly updated list of legitimate software, so AVG will very rarely block software you know is safe without telling you.

Protection scores have improved remarkably since our last set of tests with AVG managing an overall score of 93% in our most recent round of tests. Unfortunately, in a super competitive round of tests, 93% puts AVG third-from-last and a fair way behind free anti-virus leader Avast. When subjected to 100 attacks, AVG faultlessly defendined against 57. A further 36 were able to run on our test system, but AVG neutralised them before they were able to do any damage. Slightly worryingly, seven threats made it through untouched and were allowed to wreak havoc on our test PC.

^A quick AVG scan found an incorrect digital signature

AVG has plenty of customisable options in its Advanced Settings menus, with options for setting up file exceptions, schedules and tweaking the various notifications that the software throws up. There’s also a Game Mode that suppresses pop-up messages and engages automatically when you’re running a full-screen application.

^AVG’s Advanced Settings menu lets you ignore certain filetypes in scans among many other things

There are plenty of options that at first glance have no explanation, but AVG has included an extensive offline help file that can be accessed from any part of the settings menus, and you’ll be taken to the page explaining that particular function. It’s a useful addition, particularly for less experienced users.

AVG is a great piece of software just slightly let down by its protection scores. Considering it’s taken massive strides in improving its scores, however, we wouldn’t be surprised if it became a front runner in future tests. For now, though, we’d recommend Avast Free Anti Virus as your top choice of free protection.



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Avira Free Antivirus

The free antivirus category is a crowded one with well-entrenched products, but Avira distinguishes itself with a low-key approach, a clean and compact interface, and a wide variety of optional settings.

Pros

A professional-grade interface: Free programs and utilities often look kludgy and dated and have confusing or cryptic navigation. Avira, however, feels like software that you would ordinarily pay for. It almost looks like something built into the operating system, and you can navigate using either the left-hand pane or the drop-down menus along the top.

Lots of optional configuration: Avira works just fine out of the box, capable of running system scans without slowing down other tasks, like loading webpages or editing a document. But if you want, you can change settings like the number of days before Avira warns you that its definition file (basically, a book of virus mug shots) is out of date. You can also specify what types of compressed files you want to be scanned or ignored, ignore specific files or processes, target specific file extensions, and search for root kits before scanning. It’s unusual to find this many options in a free antivirus app — and you must have administrator privileges to change anything, so secondary accounts can’t log in and tamper with it.

No hard sell: Unlike many free antivirus apps, Avira Antivirus Free is mostly content to run in the background and quietly do its thing. You’ll get the occasional pop-up window, but it’s not distracting.

Cons

SafeSearch Plus has issues: Avira offers the SafeSearch Plus browser add-on during installation. It puts a button in your browser that you click to enter a Web search, and the results are sanitized by Avira to reduce the chance of you being led to a malicious page. It looks very much like Google and even plugs into Google Maps, but the add-on will pop up a window urging you to change how your New Tab page works — every single time you open a new tab. It also doesn’t appear to work in Firefox — the change never takes effect, and you just keep getting the pop up every time you open a new tab. It works fine in Chrome, but in this browser it also redirects you to its own search engine instead of Google when you use Chrome’s address bar to search for things, which is a bit further than we’d like to go. Thankfully, you can skip installing SafeSearch Plus.

Not quite as good as a premium antivirus app: According to security software tests from AV-Test, one thing never changes: you get what you pay for. Avira Antivirus Free might be the all-around best antivirus app that you don’t have to pay for, in terms of speed, quality of scanning, and usability, but paid programs from Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and McAfee consistently edge it out. You can get some of these for pretty cheap if you shop around. And there can be fringe benefits as well to paid software — for example, your version of Norton is always the latest one as long as you have a subscription, and McAfee suites can now be used on an unlimited number of devices.

Bottom Line

If you’re tight on cash, Avira Free is a compelling option, as long as you skip SafeSearch Plus during installation. But a little extra insurance can go a long way, so we’d prefer to stick to the big guns from the major vendors.

| Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.19.164

It finds hidden objects and issues warnings.

BUT, it doesn’t tell you what or where those hidden objects are nor what the warnings are about – even with the extended report option. Then, after an Internet search, I find that AVIRA suggests you download and install an add-on program in order to identify and delete those hidden objects.

I uninstalled AVIRA and told them that I was going back to programs like AVG, Avast or MalwareBytes that finds problems, identifies problems and gives you the option of deleting problems WITHOUT becoming a Master of AVIRA in order to figure out how to delete potential malware.

Reply by Net_Owl on September 27, 2016

Hi,
In general if it is not a detection it is just an information. nothing more and nothing less. Avira describes exactly what hidden objects are:
https://www.avira.com/en/support-for-home-knowledgebase-detail/kbid/1221

So far running smooth and uses little resources

September 23, 2016 | By rickyaz

2016-09-23 11:08:56 | By rickyaz

| Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.19.164

– after removing defender computer is running alot better with Avira

– ads that pop up every 48 hours but I can understand with a product that is free

If everything continues to work well I’ll probably upgrade to the pro version.

Not for older systems

2016-09-13 01:16:06 | By OctoberFox

| Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.19.164

Detected malware (js) that MSE never picked up on.

Runs very slowly on older machine
Somewhat confusing presentation
Not as intuitive as other AV software I’ve used

It detected a lot of java malware in a browser that was not even installed on my system, and that Microsoft Security Essentials never picked up. The problem was that the program ran slowly and tanked my computer’s performance almost entirely. To be fair I’m running on hardware that is six years old, but this program brought an otherwise spry PC to a grind. My thoughts are that an antivirus program should be lithe, this wasn’t, at least for me.

Reply by CNHelper on September 19, 2016

Hi OctoberFox,
what are the hardware specifications of your system?
Which operating system are you using?

SLOWS DOWN COMPUTER.

2016-08-16 11:39:24 | By Mikey8929

| Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.18.354

Free and is easy to use.

Slows the computer down and I had constant issues with email and using any web browser. Had to click twice and even three times to be able to go. Then I sit and wait. Uninstalled and went to Avast yesterday. That was a mistake too!

I am really starting to believe using any of the free programs comes with issues. It’s not worth even trying because if you resolve one issue by switching you create another.

Reply by Net_Owl on August 29, 2016

Hi Mikey,
Sorry to hear about your negative experience. I assume that there is a software conflict on your computer as Avira Free is a realtime and on demand scanner only and a slowed down computer is usual a sign that there is another Antivirus scanner active. Would be worth a try to sort things out and try again.

Slow to put on computer and hardly any protection

2016-07-31 11:27:36 | By StevenLimbrick

| Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.18.354

I don’t have any as decided to uninstall and go back to Avast

Slow in actually putting on computer, No mail protection unless you buy it. Other free anti-virus protect your email but this doesn’t unless you pay. This is just a ver very very basic programme. It may protect your computer from virus but we all need mail protected to. Not willing to pay just for that as all the rest of the programme is just not needed. So beware of what you install.

Reply by StevenLimbrick on July 31, 2016

I may be a bit hasty in saying no email protection as I think none of the free versions protect your emails. Not sure if this is so. Trying Avast again as its not clear. Anyone know if this is so may help others to go for free or paid versions.

2016-07-28 07:52:51 | By bugbugbug123

| Version: Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.17.273

nothing can be treated as cons

This is all I can say about avira! Their f*cking ads makes work on PC impossible.
Read more at http://superuser.com/questions/623333/mouse-right-click-left-click-scroll-dont-work-in-the-middle-of-the-screen

NEVER use Avira!



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Best Antivirus Software and Apps 2016

Best Mac Antivirus Software

You need an antivirus program on your Mac. That statement may cause some Apple users to stop listening and walk away, but with the amount of Mac malware on the internet today, this is no longer up for debate.

In 2012, there was the Flashback Trojan that infected 600,000 Macs. In 2013, a targeted attack hit OS X developers at Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Apple itself. In 2015, the XcodeGhost attack poisoned hundreds of OS X and iOS apps. And in early 2016, the first known piece of encrypting ransomware for Macs appeared.

After evaluating six free and paid Mac antivirus products, we’ve chose Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac ($40 per year) as our top pick. It offered lightning-fast scans and had a minimal impact on system performance, and was the only solution we reviewed that caught all malware.

Sophos Home for Mac is our favorite free option, as it provides very good malware protection and an easy-to-use interface while resulting in only a small performance hit.

How We Tested

To evaluate ease of use, interface and performance impact, we installed each AV program on the same late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display running OS X El Capitan 10.11.4. It was powered by a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7 processor and had 8GB of RAM and 23GB of data stored on a 512GB SSD.

We conducted our own tests in May and June 2016 based on how much each antivirus product affected our laptop’s performance. To do this, we used our custom OpenOffice benchmark, which matches 20,000 names and addresses in a spreadsheet. We timed how long it took to run a quick scan and a full scan while the laptop crunched numbers in the background.

We assessed how easy each program was to use and the number of useful extra features it offered (including free add-on software). To gauge how effective each package was at stopping malware, we used the results of evaluations conducted in June 2016 by AV-TEST, a well-regarded independent product-testing lab in Germany. AV-TEST tested the Mac anti-malware engines of each brand to see how well each detected malware during active scans (which AV-TEST calls “on-demand” scanning).

Sandboxie was an excellent addition to your internet security but it seems to crash my PC now, have not found a good alternative yet.

I also use Malwarebytes anti exploit (protection against zero day attacks) and Zemana anti logger to minimise effectiveness of key loggers in case they get through the defence. All of these programs are free.

I would not pay for AV and find there is no need to pay as long as you have a good backup strategy in place just incase you get something nasty on your PC. Another couple of things that will reduce your chance of infection are:

1. Install adblock plus on your browser.

2. Disable javascript on your browser (you can switch it on briefly if there is something on a site you really need to see)

3. Uninstall Java from your computer, this is known to be the biggest vulnerability that hackers use.

4. Uninstall adobe reader and flashplayer as they also contain vulnerabilities that hackers use.

5. Make sure your windows and all other programs are upto date with patches and that you are running the latest version.

I still use Norton Internet Security and it works like a charm

I will suggest you to go with norton security. this is the best security to use.

We uses AVIRA from all our software house outlets its very very good, our employee’s are also satisfied. Thumb(s) Up.

Kaspersky Total Security provides best protection for your Computer. It’s good, but the competition is better and cheaper.

The only problem I found with Avira is that is made Time Machine an my iMac terribly slow.After removing Avira the backup speed was back to normal again. I hope Avira will tackle this problem soon.

I am using Avira Free version. It apparently is regarded as the best, free or paid. HOWEVER, it is almost impossible to set up unless you are an MIT PhD in IT. And maybe not even then. The “scan” takes almost 3 days and slows and almost stops you from working on your PC. There is apparently no choice of scan option although it hints to a “quick” scan but good luck in finding how to set it up for running on a schedule. I allow the scan to run for a day then stop it so I can have the use of my computer back. There is no support for the free version and attempting to use the “forum” or “community” help it very close to useless. I had purchased the paid version a year ago, found it even more complicated than the free version and as a result cancelled it. Now how’s this for being ironic: I had Microsoft Windows Defender (free, along with Malwarebytes free) for over a year and experienced NO problems whatsoever. And it was so very easy to use. Go figure. If you go to Avira be ready to deal with the frustrations and aggravation.
PS: The upshot is I Googled “Top Rated Antivirus Programs” and found this article expounding on Avira. What’s a body to do? I think that I will keep my Malwarebytes and go back to Windows Defender as Avira is just so difficult.

I am using Comodo Free Antivirus for my Windows PC. It’s provides complete virus protection working perfectly. But here this product is missing. why?



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Microsoft Security Essentials Best Free Antivirus Software

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) is a free product you can download to help defend computers running Windows 7 and Windows Vista against spyware. viruses, trojan and other malicious software. It uses very small RAM .

Why should you download Microsoft Security Essentials ?

  • Easy to get, easy to use—MSE is free. Microsoft Security Essentials installs after a quick download and then it stays automatically up to date with the latest spyware protection technology and signature updates.
  • Comprehensive protection—MSE helps defend your computer against worms. viruses. Trojans, and other malicious software and provides you with free spyware protection.
  • Quiet protection—MSE runs efficiently and quietly in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you wan. without long computer wait times or interruptions

To download Microsoft Security Essentials you can click here or visit here

Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) . I recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your computer. If you run more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect your computer performance.

Supported Operating System : Windows Vista. Windows 7. Windows 8

How to install microsoft security essentials

You open file which you download :

To install Microsoft Security Essentials. your pc has minimum system :

  • Operating System: Windows 7. Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 or 2)
  • For Windows 7 and Windows Vista, a PC with 1 GB RAM or higher and a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher .
  • VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.
  • HDD free data. 200 MB .
  • Internet Browser
  • An Internet connection is necessary for installation Microsoft Security Essentials and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for it .

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) security status

It has a clean, simple home page that shows the security state of your PC .

A green icon means that the security status of your computer is very good. MSE is up to date and is running in the background to help protect your computer against spyware. viruses, trojan and other malicious threats. When your PC has an issue that requires your attention, the look of the MSE home page changes based on the issue. The status pane turns either red or yellow depending on the situation, and an action button appears in a prominent location on the page with the suggested action.

A yellow icon means that status is potentially unprotected or fair and that you should take some action, such as running a system scan. turning on real-time protection, or addressing a medium-severity or low-severity threat.

A red icon means that your PC is at risk and that you must address a severe threat to protect your PC. You need click the button to take the recommended action and Microsoft Security Essentials will clean the detected file and then do a quick scan for additional malicious software.

I think Microsoft Security Essentials is the best free antivirus software. You can download it and use to protect your PC from spyware. viruses, trojan and other malicious software .

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Recommended best free AntiVirus software for Windows 10/8/7

Installing an anti-virus or a security software, after installing Windows is a must. This helps protect our Windows computer from viruses and other security threats. It is also important to keep your security software up to date at all times! While the built-in Windows Defender in Windows 8 does a great job, some of you may want to opt for a third-party free antivirus software instead. Here are some very nice best free antivirus software available for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 Vista you might want to check out.

Best free AntiVirus software for Windows

I have included only those antivirus programs which offer full real-time protection, and are not just stand-alone scanners!

Windows Defender is Microsoft’s free antivirus offering to users of genuine Windows 10/8/7. It is specifically designed for individual consumer PC use using the smallest resource footprint possible to provide complete anti-malware protection and will include a new protection technology, as part of the Microsoft anti-malware engine, called Dynamic Signature Service (DSS).

The free edition of its antivirus tool uses one of the world’s most effective antivirus engines, ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products for free. Thereby allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all. It includes a Real-time Shield.

Avira AntiVir offers you basic protection protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers.

avast! Free Antivirus is perfect for people who send e-mails and surf popular websites. Its Antivirus and anti-spyware engine provides reliable protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, trojans and other forms of malicious software.

Comodo Antivirus Free offers an Antivirus scanner, a quarantine, Sandbox operating environment and a Task Manager. It’s fast cloud-based scanning gives you a list of infected files in real time.

Other free antivirus software:

Apart from these freeware if you d like to suggest any more freeware antivirus software, do share below.

Go here if you are looking for free Internet Security Suites or free firewall software for your Windows 10 / 8 / 7 computer.



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Best Free Antivirus: Windows Defender and 5 free alternatives

Antivirus doesn’t have to cost the Earth: we have five free alternatives to paid-for antivirus in our brand-new guide.

Even if you consider yourself to be a responsible web user, you should be using security software. Thanks to the proliferation of contaminated advertising iframes, opportunistic malware-laden spam and drive-by downloads that can affect even the most legitimate, upstanding and popular of websites, nobody is completely safe.

However, expensive anti-virus suites aren’t your only option if you want to stay protected. While these paid-for packages often include a wealth of useful extra features, the core protection – real-time and on-demand virus blocking and scanning – is offered by their free counterparts too.

Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender anti-virus already installed, and we’ve included it in our group test as a point of comparison for all the other software on review. While paid-for anti-virus software is beyond the scope of this group test, we hope to provide you with the information you’ll need to make an informed assessment on whether or not a pre-installed commercial package, such as those often bundled with laptops, will be more or less effective than its free competitors.

Detection engines

The key part of any anti-virus software is its detection engine, which uses a combination of a database of known threats and analysis of an unknown program’s behaviour, known as “heuristic analysis”.

Detection engines are at the core of most anti-virus companies’ business, and you’ll generally find that a company’s free products use the same engines as their paid-for products, although the latter may be equipped with additional features, such as firewalls and system optimisation tools that boosts performance further.

Some companies license their engines to others. For example, in this group test, Qihoo 360 Total Security can optionally use both Bitdefender and Avira’s scanning engines in addition to its own. Multiple scanning engines, whether licensed or produced in-house, typically increase the likelihood that an anti-virus product will successfully pick up anything nasty trying to attack your system. However, it’s also very likely to slow down your PC due to the sheer number of engines running at once.

Similarly, while most software defaults to an optimised scan mode that checks the files most likely to have been compromised, running a more thorough scan will take longer but might find infected files that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Running a deep scan on a semi-regular basis would be sensible.

Testing performance

In this group test, we’ve relied on results produced by the respected AV-TEST security lab to assess the performance of each anti-virus program in correctly identifying malicious files and websites and avoid false positive detections of benign software as malicious. AV-TEST also assessed the impact of anti-virus software on system performance.

We’ve used test data on a per-engine basis, rather than an identical product basis. So, for example, we’ve used results from AVG Internet Security 2016 to help draw conclusions about the AVG Free 2016 – which uses the same engine – and used other test resources to confirm comparative performance. We’ve therefore had to make assumptions that the free and paid-for versions use identical engines, but given most paid-for software simply adds extra features instead of a whole new engine, this is a reasonably safe assumption to make.

Related: Windows 7 versus Windows 10

The test data we’ve published was collected by AV-TEST during March and April 2016, using the most up-to-date versions of the anti-virus software available. AV-TEST carries out both real-world testing, in which systems are exposed to live contaminated websites and emails, and reference-set tests, in which several thousand malicious files collected in the previous four weeks are introduced to the system.

This time around, the software was exposed to 164 live malware attacks and 22,795 reference samples. AV-TEST publishes percentage scores showing how effectively each anti-virus suite performed in these tests, which are then used to produce a score out of six based on how successful the software was at defending a system compared to the industry average.

We’ll directly quote the percentage of malware successfully defended against. It’s worth noting that there can be fairly dramatic performance differences from month to month. This depends on a given anti-virus package’s ability to detect the malware that’s prevalent at any given point, and the speed with which its signature database and heuristic detection rules are updated to reflect current malware. Our ratings therefore reflect a suite’s recent form, which may not be representative of future performance.

AV-TEST’s performance tests time the impact of different anti-virus suites on a number of common desktop tasks, such as downloading and installing applications, launching programs, copying files and visiting popular websites. Once again, AV-TEST publishes percentile scores indicating how much of an impact on performance each program has, and produces an overall score in relation to the average performance of all anti-malware suites. We’ll quote this overall score and draw out any particularly interesting performance elements.

Finally, usability tests assess how many false-positive incidents each program produces when tested against 41 popular programs being installed, hundreds of legitimate websites visited, and more than a million examples of already-installed legitimate software and files.

You can see AV-TEST’s raw data on its website and draw your own conclusions if you’d prefer (Excel spreadsheet).

The price of free anti-virus

While you don’t have to hand over any cash to use free anti-virus software, you can bet your bottom dollar the company that markets it is making money somehow. This manifests itself in a number of ways. Some products, including Avira and Qihoo, show unobtrusive adverts, while others are paid to bundle software from other companies, which might sneak onto your PC if you’re not paying attention during the installation process.

Any product that’s available in paid-for, as well as free, versions, will encourage you to upgrade with varying degrees of persistence, with some including buttons for features that are active only for paid users in their main interface.

Some free AV software, such as Avast, requires you to register, even if you’re only using their free incarnation, while others strongly encourage you to do so by providing online monitoring tools that you can use to manage and secure other devices associated with the same account – phones and tablets, for example.

Our reviews detail any obtrusive advertising or promotional features in each free anti-virus suite and, where possible, tell you how to avoid them.

Anti-virus software also reports back to its manufacturer by default when it encounters unknown malicious and even benign files. This means that the databases it relies on are kept constantly up to date, helping to protect all its users and making both paid-for and free versions of the software more accurate.

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Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines Bitdefender’s advanced scanning technology with antispyware to provide you with top-of-the-line antivirus protection without system slowdowns.

Pros

Employs a trusted engine: Ad-Aware version 11 uses Bitdefender’s highly rated antivirus engine alongside its trusted antispyware platform. If you already have a trusted antivirus app installed, Ad-Aware can be added as a second layer of security.

Light on memory: Ad-Aware goes easy on your system resources — you can perform an active virus scan while surfing the Web.

Dependable detection: Ad-Aware’s false-positive results are low, according to independent testers AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.

Remains out of sight: The antivirus suite stays mostly out of your way during daily use, with minor notifications here and there to alert you of suspicious activity. Game mode temporarily turns of all notifications so you can play without interruption.

Cons

Lower real-world performance: AV-Comparatives’ preliminary tests found that Lavasoft’s protection rate has recently slipped in ranking. Due to its nonproprietary detection engine, Ad-Aware is always a little behind on the latest exploits.

Requires additional activation: Ad-Aware will work for the first 30 days but then requires activation via email. It’s an extra step and the minor cost for using a free product.

Bottom Line

With a slim interface built on top of a powerful scanner, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ provides robust protection with minimal system impact. The extra activation step is annoying, but for such great free protection, it is a small price to pay. While the suite can leave your system vulnerable to first-day exploits, they are rare, and Ad-Aware is more than capable to protect you in daily usage.



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[2016] Best Free Antivirus for Windows 10 and 8.1-Free Download

According to reports, the Windows defender on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can’t resist a number of modern threats, such as zero day attacks without using any third party security suite. Fortunately here you can find number of best free AntiVirus for Windows 10 and 8.1 with free download links, which revolutionizes internet security in 2016 for home and business PCs. Here we do a small review and list out the cons and pros of best free antivirus software for Windows 10 and 8.1 with free download.

It is highly essential to install a 3rd party anti-virus software on your Windows laptop or desktop protect against virus and online attacks. The installation of best antivirus for Windows Operating Systems can highly improve the performance of the system as well as guarantee maximum protection against nasty virus, spyware. malware, hackers, and phishing sites. Everyone wants their system to be safe, but majority are reluctant to use paid services or pay the renewal fees.

Since Microsoft has recommended to install third party antivirus software on your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer to fight against advanced virus attacks, it s always better to select and install one of the best free Antivirus software. You can disable or remove Windows defender as explained here.

We have a list of best three top-rated free antivirus programs in 2016 that are compatible with Windows 10 with their unique features, which will make it easy for you to select the right choice for your Windows.

Top Rated Free AntiVirus Software for Windows 10 and 8.1

1) Avast Free Antivirus 2016 for Windows 10:

Avast is one of the most preferred full featured internet security solutions. It’s not difficult to see why this is the best free Antivirus program available right now for Windows 10 or 8.1. It’s incredibly easy to install, simple UI and lightning fast virus scans makes it a perfect choice for everyone. The best part is that it uses minimal system resources meaning it won’t bog down user’s PC. a major reason why people with old PCs depend on Avast for their virus protection needs. It includes an update menu from where the latest updates can easily be downloaded and a built in firewall to further improve protection from cyber-attacks.

As per the records of the company, they are protecting more than 200 million PCs, Macs, and Androids. The newly streamlined user interface of Avast includes a number of options to detect and clean up the malware. In addition to the common security tools, such as Anti-malware Protection, Anti-spam, Software Updater, SafeZone, Avast includes a number of interesting features like;

Pros
Easy to install
Do Not Track technology
Verify unpatched applications

Cons
Difficulty in removing the right software from the list of blocked programs

2) Avira 2016 Free Antivirus:

Next up in the list of best free antivirus programs for Windows is Avira Antivirus. Avira is the top rated and popular security solution to protect your PC from virus, adware, spyware, or any kind of malware. The decent scanning speed with excellent usability score, ability to deal with maximum threats are some of the highlighted features of Avira Antivirus. Moreover, the antivirus uses only limited resources. making it easy to load and use other applications without any lag. Before installing any new software, it makes sure that the software is compatible with your PC, and helps to avoid crash.

Like Avast, Avira includes a built in firewall protection but also has a bonus. It has a child monitoring service which allows you to monitor what your children do on social networking sites automatically flagging friends who appear to be adults and identify possible profanity, drug or alcohol references or depression-warning signs. There is however one downside to Avira, if you have a PC with less than stellar specs it will slow down during scanning.

Pros:
Ease of use
Simple UI
Continuously monitors the PC
Automatically scans for compatibility of software
Quick scan
Least impact on performance of the system

Cons:
Frequent pop-ups from the Avira Notifier

3) AVG AntiVirus Free 2016:

AVG antivirus is a heavy hitter against malware but that is mostly true for the paid version. The AVG antivirus has incorporated a large array of useful features, which can make you safe while surfing on the internet. The smart and simple user interface makes things much easy for the users to carry out the operations with a few clicks. The advanced settings and good localization has took it far ahead from the rivals.

The free version is no slouch either; it’s enough for most of our malware removal needs thanks to its superb virus detection engine. It’s UI however rather clunky that some users might have difficulty navigating around. It’s best suitable for people who have better understanding of how Antivirus programs work. Check about the free AVG removal tool to uninstall AVG antivirus from your Windows 8.1/10 computer cleanly.

Pros
Best rating from almost all independent labs
Very effective in removing threats from malware-infested test systems
Do Not Track technology
PC tuneup analysis

We highly recommend to download and install these free Anti Virus software on your computer in 2016. Windows defender could be a very basic anti virus protection which can’t fight against all virus and threats attacks.

Alternatives for Free Anti Virus Software for Windows 10: Paid Software

Each of above companies have their paid version with advanced features and network protection. They work better as firewall protection and block network/online threats while you surf online. If you are looking for alternatives for free anti virus software, the next option is to buy the paid version of your favorite PC protection software.

Other than above three anti virus software such as Avast, Avira and AVG paid versions. you can consider these below paid anti virus software. Most of them provide 30 days trail period with full options. You can download them for free and try on your PC. Asses the performance of your Windows 10 computer during the trail period and then decide the purchase.

KasperSky : A famous and powerful anti virus software for your PC. They are good in researching and fighting against new virus and threats.

Bit Defender: Their famous suite for home users is really great deal for the money. It works smoothly on any computers and doesn’t require more resources from your computer.

MacAfee : Their suite also famous for virus protection. The software can fight against number of threats that a PC can have. Their network and firewall protection is super powerful.

Final Thoughts

Antivirus programs are awesome at what they are designed and that is removing malware and with them being available for free it would be foolish not to install one. Whether you want a program with a low footprint or a heavy hitter that can detect the most well hidden malware or one that can do both, my list has you covered. Go ahead and select one of the best free anti virus for Windows 10 and download them for free. Do not miss to try the trail versions of paid software if you are looking for more protection with cost.

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Best Antivirus Software and Apps 2016

Many Windows users believe they don’t need to pay for antivirus software, and most Mac and Android users think they don’t need protection at all. It’s true that Windows’ much higher profile makes it the biggest target, but OS X and Android are just as vulnerable to malware.

It’s worth paying for Windows antivirus software, because even the best free software leaves out features we consider essential. (Many antivirus products are sold online for much less than their list prices.) Mac and Android users have other options; our favorite Mac AV product costs nothing, and most Android security apps have free versions.

Best for Android

How We Tested

Our evaluations were based on a number of different criteria: interface, performance, protection and extra features. Was the product’s interface intuitive and user-friendly, or did it make it too hard to find important tools? How much did scans slow down the computer’s performance? How good was the program at detecting and removing malware? Does the program have any additional tools, and are they useful?

All of our tests were performed on the same Asus X555LA laptop running 64-bit Windows 8.1, with an Intel Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive containing 36GB of files. To assess a program’s impact on system speed, we used our custom OpenOffice benchmark test, which matches 20,000 names and addresses on a spreadsheet. The longer it took the laptop to finish the test, the heavier the performance impact.

For malware-detection scores, we turned to two independent testing labs, AV-TEST of Germany and AV-Comparatives of Austria. Each lab regularly subjects the major antivirus brands’ flagship products to stress tests involving hundreds of previously unseen pieces of malware, with AV-TEST adding 20,000 instances of known malware. We used AV-TEST’s results from the second half of 2015 and AV-Comparatives’ evaluations from September and October 2015.

Windows Antivirus Software Types

Most antivirus makers have three tiers of Windows products, with each price bump adding extra features, such as child protection or cloud backups. But since each company uses a single malware-detection engine for all its Windows antivirus software, the cheapest item in any product line usually finds malware just as thoroughly as the priciest.

Not all users will need premium suites, or even midrange products. If you don’t have kids, or if you already have cloud storage, the basic product may be enough.

Basic or Entry-Level Windows Antivirus

The least-expensive paid Windows antivirus products, which generally list from $40 to $60 per year depending on the number of PCs covered, have the essentials. Definition updates and scans are automatic; websites and email attachments are screened, and the products should be easy to use. Some basic AV programs toss in extra features, such as file shredders or system optimizers, that are normally found in pricier products.

Free Windows antivirus products can’t match paid protection, but Avira Free Antivirus comes close. It detects malware as well as most paid products, and has child protection and a scan scheduler. (It doesn’t scan email attachments or Web links.) Best of all, Avira doesn’t constantly nag you to upgrade to its paid version.

Mac Antivirus

Despite what Apple’s marketing has historically implied, Macs do get infected, and the amount of Mac malware has risen with Apple’s share of the personal computer market. But there’s less money in the Mac antivirus market, and the products are less standardized. Some Mac antivirus products are free, and some are paid: Of the products we evaluated, two of the top three were free. With that kind of recommendation, there’s no reason for you not to run antivirus software on your Mac.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Best Mac Antivirus

Of the six Mac antivirus products we reviewed, only the paid Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac offered perfect malware detection. Bitdefender makes it easy to start on-demand scans by placing the Scan front and center in its modern, streamlined interface. It also topped the competition in system performance, creating no noticeable impact during passive use and recording low scores during active scans.

Android Antivirus Apps

Every Android device, whether smartphone, tablet or TV stick, should have antivirus software. Usually, that software comes with an all-encompassing security app that also includes anti-theft and remote-locating features.

The free versions of the Android security apps we reviewed are pretty solid. The paid versions, which cost between $15 and $30 per year, range from being just a bit better to becoming practically separate products, with a wide range of capabilities. For example, Avast Mobile Security offers geofencing and, for rooted phones, a firewall. You’ll have to decide what you need and select accordingly.

Sandboxie was an excellent addition to your internet security but it seems to crash my PC now, have not found a good alternative yet.

I also use Malwarebytes anti exploit (protection against zero day attacks) and Zemana anti logger to minimise effectiveness of key loggers in case they get through the defence. All of these programs are free.

I would not pay for AV and find there is no need to pay as long as you have a good backup strategy in place just incase you get something nasty on your PC. Another couple of things that will reduce your chance of infection are:

1. Install adblock plus on your browser.

2. Disable javascript on your browser (you can switch it on briefly if there is something on a site you really need to see)

3. Uninstall Java from your computer, this is known to be the biggest vulnerability that hackers use.

4. Uninstall adobe reader and flashplayer as they also contain vulnerabilities that hackers use.

5. Make sure your windows and all other programs are upto date with patches and that you are running the latest version.

I still use Norton Internet Security and it works like a charm

I will suggest you to go with norton security. this is the best security to use.

We uses AVIRA from all our software house outlets its very very good, our employee’s are also satisfied. Thumb(s) Up.

Kaspersky Total Security provides best protection for your Computer. It’s good, but the competition is better and cheaper.

The only problem I found with Avira is that is made Time Machine an my iMac terribly slow.After removing Avira the backup speed was back to normal again. I hope Avira will tackle this problem soon.

I am using Avira Free version. It apparently is regarded as the best, free or paid. HOWEVER, it is almost impossible to set up unless you are an MIT PhD in IT. And maybe not even then. The “scan” takes almost 3 days and slows and almost stops you from working on your PC. There is apparently no choice of scan option although it hints to a “quick” scan but good luck in finding how to set it up for running on a schedule. I allow the scan to run for a day then stop it so I can have the use of my computer back. There is no support for the free version and attempting to use the “forum” or “community” help it very close to useless. I had purchased the paid version a year ago, found it even more complicated than the free version and as a result cancelled it. Now how’s this for being ironic: I had Microsoft Windows Defender (free, along with Malwarebytes free) for over a year and experienced NO problems whatsoever. And it was so very easy to use. Go figure. If you go to Avira be ready to deal with the frustrations and aggravation.
PS: The upshot is I Googled “Top Rated Antivirus Programs” and found this article expounding on Avira. What’s a body to do? I think that I will keep my Malwarebytes and go back to Windows Defender as Avira is just so difficult.

I am using Comodo Free Antivirus for my Windows PC. It’s provides complete virus protection working perfectly. But here this product is missing. why?



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