Top 10 Free Antivirus Programs for Windows
Technology.an (June 25, 2009) — To keep your Windows computer virus-free doesn’t need to cost you any money. There are top 10 free antivirus programs available for those of you who search for free antivirus software.
1. Avast Home Free:
Avast Home Edition guards your PC and the network with multiple shields that scan executables and files. You can select parameters for scanning, and even choose wildcards to exclude specific file types. You can adjust the sensitivity level for the program’s detectors when it comes to scanning downloaded files, instant messages, e-mails, and a host of P2Ps. Its efficient interface opens up window after window to tweak its settings to your liking, for novice to advanced level protection.
One nice thing about Avast is that the installer only installs the antivirus program – there’s no toolbar or anything else to dodge.
If malicious contents are detected, Avast comes to the rescue with handy virus cleanup tools. Some decent PC controls are even handed out here. You can block certain URLs and file operations, such as writing to files or even renaming, deleting or formatting them.
2. AVG Free:
AVG Free Edition is the well-known antivirus protection tool. It provides solid protection against viruses and other malware, and there’s no registration required. AVG Free is easy to use and will not slow your system down. Highlights include automatic update functionality, the AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run, free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product, and AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition provides all the necessities, including a tool for scanning your hard drive and e-mail, as well as a real-time shield to prevent infections. By default, the application is set to search for new virus definitions daily, but you always can use the scheduling tool to change this. AVG create a rescue disk to scan your computer in MS-DOS mode.
Version 8 ships with the optional AVG Security Toolbar, which may be a good idea for some users. It provides security ratings for known websites and provides a little added protection in your browser – a place some users desperately need it.
3. Avira AntiVir:
Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus is simple interface and solid protection makes it a good choice for novice users. Avira offers: Extensive Malware Recognition of viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, worms; Automatic incremental updates of antivirus signatures, engine and entire software; Virus protection against known and unknown threats, using an advanced heuristic system.
There is the permanent virus protection, with Virus Guard real time monitoring. You can install and configuration in just a couple of minutes; Scheduler where you can set the scanner to make automatic virus scans or updates on your system; Forum and phone support; Rootkit Detection and Removal.
Version 9 introduces a quick-removal button for eliminating viruses with a single click, enhanced anti-spyware and anti-adware engines, and support for low resolution netbook screens.
The new BitDefender Free Edition was designed with a centralized management console, which allows protection options configuration for all BitDefender modules, such as Virus Scan, Scheduler, Live! Update, Quarantine, Reports.
In addition to virus and malware defense, BitDefender also includes a privacy protection feature that monitors web traffic and outbound mail for possible breaches. Automatic and manual update are available. You can schedule the checking of your system at any time, periodically, without any other intervention. With just a right click you can check your files and folders. The update can be done from the network over the Internet, directly or through a Proxy Server.
5. ClamWin :
Unlike other anti virus, Clam is not a realtime virus scanner. ClamWin Antivirus is antivirus software for Windows. It provides a graphical user interface to the Clam AntiVirus engine. It features: scanning scheduler, automatic virus database updates, atandalone virus scanner, integration to MS Windows Explorer, and add-in to MS Outlook.
Comodo Internet Security (CIS) combines Comodo’s sturdy firewall and state-of-the-art antivirus protection in one suite. It defends your PC against 1 billion executables including viruses, root kits, Trojans, and zero-day attacks.
Microsoft Security Essentials is the name of Microsoft’s latest Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software for Windows operating system. Previously code-named “Morro,” the free software will replace Windows Live OneCare, which included both security and utility services for $49.95 per year. It is already being tested internally at Microsoft and is rumored to launch in September of this year.
The main features of the Microsoft Security Essentials are as follows.
It has Real-time protection. It uses real-time protection to help address potential threats before they ever have an opportunity to become a problem.
In addition to taking advantage of daily signature downloads, it is able to validate suspicious files against newly identified malware in near-real time by querying the Dynamic Signature Service.
Microsoft Security Essentials includes a number of new and improved technologies to provide additional defense against rootkits and other aggressive threats.
CPU throttling helps ensure that the user’s system remains responsive to those tasks the user is likely to be performing such as opening files or browser windows, launching programs, editing documents, saving files, etc.
It has smart caching and active memory swapping. Signatures not in use don’t take up space in the available memory, making Microsoft Security Essentials friendlier toward older PCs as well as today’s smaller, less powerful form factors.
Do Symantec and McAfee really have anything to worry about?
With PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition you are protected against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal information. PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition’s interface presents a minimum amount of buttons to control the application.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition features are as follows. It protects your PC as you are working, surfing and playing. It detects quarantines, disinfects and destroys Viruses, Trojans and Worms. IntelliGuard™ protects your computer against threats in real-time and it automatically checks for frequent updates against the latest threats.
9. Rising Antivirus:
Rising Antivirus protects your computers against all types of viruses, Trojans, Worms, Rootkits and other malicious programs. Its powerful ActiveDefense & Auto-Protect features are effective by providing real-time protection with system monitor, file monitor, Email monitor, OS & registry protection. It also has automatic updates.
Its key Features are as follows: Zero day protection with Rising Cloud Security; Rising Cloud Security users communicate with the Rising virus lab to form a rapid response network which quickly catches Trojans and other malware. Antivirus & Antispyware Protection; Protection from Trojans, worms, rootkits and other malware.
10. Spyware Terminator:
Spyware Terminator is a feature packed adware and spyware scanner with real-time protection that can remove or quarantine spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats.
Spyware Terminator’s crisp, clean interface uses simple buttons and tabs to operate and set options. The latest spyware signatures are automatically downloaded, and the real-time protection monitors key spyware types and Windows objects.