Free Antivirus Software

Most of us think on AVG when it comes to free antivirus software. AVG has always done a great job and it’s worked fine for years. But I asked the question, is there something better? AVG is great at handling viruses, but what about other malicious software such as malware? Malware includes viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, dialers, keyloggers and rootkit threats that perform malicious activities. With a large increase in malware, standard antivirus software just cannot keep up with detecting everything. Having an antivirus and malware real-time scanner running at all times can be resource intensive and can lead to conflicts.

I wanted to find something that did both antivirus and malware all in one. I also wanted it to be free of charge. To my surprise, I found a large amount of free antivirus and malware programs available for free. It would take too long to talk about them all so we focus also on my Top 3.

#3 – Avast! Free Antivirus – This is one of the more popular antivirus programs available. It’s antivirus detection rates are among the best. Avast has the most features of my Top 3. It includes full real-time capabilities, including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioral blocker. Avast is also light on resources.

#2 – Microsoft Security Essentials – This is probably the best choice for average users because of the minimal user interaction. With automatic updates and automatic removal of threats, it’s an easy choice for those who aren’t PC savvy. The detection rates are excellent and it’s particularly good against rootkits.

#1 – Avira AntiVir Personal Edition – This is my top pick for one main reason. Its detection rate of malware is phenomenal!!! The majority of threats we encounter are some form of malware. Websites and file downloads still remain the leading cause for infected PC’s. These days Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Gmail scan all email before you receive it. The likelihood of downloading a virus through email is starting to diminish. Avira AntiVir is light on the resources and heavy of the protection. Download it, try it out and let me know what you think below.

What is you favorite computer virus removal application?

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JC is an MCSA, MCTS, MCP, Net+ and A+ Certified Technician. He is also an avid Web Developer, WordPress Jedi, SEO Connoisseur and owner of an IT Firm in the Midwest. During the day he helps tackles Server Administration and Desktop Support issues for small business. With over 15 years experience installing, configuring
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