Free Antivirus – an overview of the best free antivirus software for Windows

When it comes to free antivirus programs, most experienced users just smile skeptically, saying that a free antivirus cannot be reliable and high-quality. We will not rush to conclusions and see whether this is true or not in the summary review of several popular antivirus programs for Windows.

Free antiviruses can be divided into two groups. The first group is trial versions of known paid programs. Among them are Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Dr. Web, Norton and some others. As a rule, they all have limitations, either in terms of time of use (from one to three months) or seriously reduced in functionality. The second group consists of completely free programs that have no time limits and are fully functional. This is, first of all, Avast! Free Antivirus, Avira Free Antivirus, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials. We will start our story about free antivirus programs with them.

Please note that downloading free antivirus programs from any sources other than the official developer’s website carries a considerable threat. Instead of a running anti-virus, you can get a malicious program that only simulates work, and in fact infects the system and steals confidential data. For this reason, in our review we give links to download only from the official sites of developers. No torrents and file sharing.

Avira Free Antivirus

Full Internet protection combined with ease of use

The German company Avira GmbH, which has been developing and supporting Avira Free Antivirus, has been working on computer protection systems since 1986, which is perhaps a record among all modern antivirus developers. Avira’s core business is business security solutions. Free and full-featured antivirus software for home use is rather an advertising campaign aimed at increasing the popularity of the Avira brand.

So, Avira Free Antivirus free antivirus itself includes the most necessary tools to protect your computer and has no time limits for use. The basic version comes with the following proprietary features:

  • Advanced Real-Time Protection – real-time computer protection, with support for Avira Protection Cloud, a cloud-based virus detection technology.
  • AntiAd / AntiSpyware – blocking adware and spyware.
  • Browser Tracking Blocker – protection against tracking on the Internet (Firefox and Chrome).
  • Website Safety Advisor – safety rating of all sites in search results (Firefox and Chrome).

According to a study by the independent AV-Comparatives laboratory, Avira free antivirus is not inferior in its effectiveness, and in some places surpasses the paid solutions of other companies.

You can download and install Avira antivirus and additional components on the official website of the program www.avira.com/ru/avira-free-antivirus. We do not recommend downloading antivirus from any other sources. Firstly – it is unsafe, because on third-party sites, instead of anti-virus, you can get a malicious file, and secondly, after installing the main file, you will be prompted to install additional important components on the official site.

For a simple check of the effectiveness of the antivirus, we uploaded several malicious files to the test system, scattered them in different folders, including system files, and then launched the scan. According to the results, Avira Free Antivirus free antivirus proved to be just fine – absolutely all the files were detected and deleted (looking ahead a bit, we note that only one of the tested antiviruses failed to cope with this task completely). The antivirus itself works fairly quickly, the interface is not overloaded with an excessive number of functions, and the program has virtually no effect on system performance during operation.

In general, we can recommend Avira antivirus for home use, as a permanent antivirus solution to protect your computer from various threats. There are only a few points that I would like to draw attention to. In comparison with another free Avast antivirus, which we will discuss further, Avira cannot boast of having additional interesting options, everything is very ascetic and simple (However, for many this may seem to be an advantage). Some may be confused by the presence of unobtrusive advertising on the update screen, but, in general, advertising is not noticeable and does not distract from work with a computer and antivirus.

Avast! Free Antivirus Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Antivirus is another long-liver in our review of free antiviruses. The developer of the program, the company AVAST Software began its work back in 1991, almost a quarter of a century ago. And, admittedly, these decades have not been in vain.

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