Without any Antivirus program your computer is open invitation to viruses, identity theft and hackers that can breach your computer’s security and could be a reason a permanent data loss, and exposing your financial or personal information to the world, or may stop your computer programs from working at all. For securing all your hard work and protecting your computer against viruses “Antivirus Software” is a must.
What antivirus program should I use? Should I go for paid antivirus software? Or use free antivirus software’s that is available in the market?
There are many companies offering their popular antivirus software for home users at free of cost, while advanced versions as an optional upgrade for professional and business use.
Here I have listed Top 10 Free Antivirus software’s offering seamless antivirus protection against virus, similar to their paid versions.
AVG Antivirus Free
AVG Antivirus Free is the best antivirus program available in the market. Providing a comprehensive virus, spyware & malware protection to PC, it includes link scanner, e-mail scanner, scheduled scanning, and automatic updates and yet easy-to-use UI preferences. It doesn’t always keeps you remind about getting professional upgrades that could work better, but it works in the background very well and protects your computer against viruses.
AVG Antivirus Free is also available for Mobile devices, especially for Android, iOS and Windows phone Platforms.
Overall AVG Antivirus Free is the best antivirus software that you can install on your PC blindfolded, if there is AVG antivirus available, there is no need to pay for any virus protection software in future.
AVG Antivirus Free 2013 Works on Windows XP/ Vista / 7/ 8
AD-Ware Free Antivirus Plus
Ad-ware Free antivirus plus provides core protection against malware, worms and internet treats featuring real-time antivirus protection, advanced genocide detection technology, rootkit protection and scheduler. It’s pretty faster and doesn’t slowdown your pc, extremely lightweight and yet powerful.
AD-Ware Free Antivirus runs on Windows Xp/ Vista / 7
Avira Free Antivirus
Avira Free antivirus protects your PC and eliminates many forms of malware, including worms, rootkits, viruses and costly dialers making it fully functional and best antivirus tool.
What I really like about Avira free antivirus is it runs completely silent at the background, without popping any kind frequent messages or something similar. On top of that it’s extremely light on system resources. That makes it on top 10 antivirus program lists.
Avira Free antivirus runs on Windows xp/ Vista / 7 / 8,
Note: Administrator rights, an internet connection and a web browser are required during the installation; you will be requested to register Avira free antivirus during the installation process, but you can skip and continue to use it.
ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus plus Firewall
ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus software is the only antivirus software that offers both Antivirus and Firewall protection to your Computer for free. ZoneAlarm has a good antivirus and spyware engine that detects and blocks viruses, spyware, trojans, worms, bots and rootkits
I am really impressed with ZoneAlarm’s all in one protection offering Antivirus + Firewall protection in a one single program for free. If you often use your internet connection to purchase online with your credit card, then its advanced identity protection tool monitors your credit card and alerts you of changes in your credit card files.
ZoneAlarm runs on Windows XP/ Vista / 7 / 8
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is released by Microsoft in late 2009, is definitely one of the best antivirus software available in the market. It’s incredibly easy to use user interface & extremely lightweight to run on older computers with minimum configuration and yet it works fluid. MSE is capable to remove almost all sorts of viruses, worms, malware and updates automatically.
The reason behind I add MSE in the Top 10 antivirus lists because it’s completely free, there is no commercial version to upgrade for. You can use MSE for your Personal, Business and commercial use without breaking the law. And the biggest reason that it’s directly from Microsoft.
MSE runs on Windows XP/ Vista / 7 / 8
Avast Free Antivirus
Avast free antivirus is well developed full-featured antivirus software that runs same antivirus and anti-spyware scanning engine used in avast’s premium antivirus software, which can detect previously unknown malware and viruses, provides strong protection to your computer against virus attacks.
One thing I don’t like about avast free antivirus software, it’s constantly reminds you to upgrade from free version to its professional on desktop and on your inbox.
Avast Free Antivirus runs on Windows Xp/ Vista / 7 /8
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition (PCA)
Panda cloud antivirus protects your computer just like other antivirus software’s listed in this list, but what makes it special. PCA uses “cloud technology” to protect your pc from viruses. Freeing your pc from slowing down and working on the computer elsewhere on the internet, PCA’s virus definition stored on the “Cloud” that keeps constantly updating from panda security center that keeps your pc protected even better.
Panda Cloud Antivirus runs on Windows XP/ Vista / 7
Comodo Internet Security
Comodo internet security is popularly known for its free firewall software, it offers a combined antivirus + firewall security solution in one easy-to-use package, Comodo internet security is the free multilayer security application that offers comprehensive protection from viruses, Trojans, worms, buffer overflows, zero-day attacks, spyware and hackers.
Myself use Comodo internet security because if offers enterprise class security solutions for your PC without any charge.
Comodo internet security runs on Windows XP/ Vista / 7 /8
BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
BitDefender Antivirus Free allow you the most basic antivirus tools, real-time scanning, intrusion detection, rootkit and low on system resources
one big reason i have included bitdefender antivirus in this list because of its truly intelligent decision taking feature take’s decisions by itself. You will have no check boxes to tick and decisions to “OK”. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition works efficiently without requesting input from you.
BitDefender runs on Windows XP/ Vista / 7/ 8
PC Tools Antivirus Free
PC tools antivirus is good antivirus software, offers all the basic virus scanning features, against viruses and spywares. Reason behind adding PC tools antivirus in my top 10 antivirus software not because of it is available free, but is downloaded my many of users and recommended to others.
At my point of view I don’t like it much, and will never try to install it on my PC. There are two reasons behind this, one biggest reason is PC tools antivirus keeps reminding throughout the program about upgrading to its professional version, letting you know that it isn’t a free antivirus tool you are using. And second reason that it only features some of the basic features and others are given as optional for upgrade, while the other software listed above offers them free.