In a recent post, I discussed the Top 5 Free Programs to Clean up Your Computer. In that post, I mentioned the free antivirus AVG Free, as one of the top free programs. After some thought and a little user feedback, I decided to do an extended post about the best free antivirus programs available.
AVG Free was mentioned in my list before, and it must be in this list as well. It is probably the most used free antivirus software out there. It provides great antivirus and antispyware protection, and it also uses Safe Search which helps protect you from those bad webpages that can sometimes come up in your search results.
Avast is often seen as the biggest competitor to AVG Free due to its simplicity and ease of use. In addition to the normal protection, I find the P2P and IM shield to be a great feature of this client. However, there is one negative with this client. You will have to take the time to register it in order to keep using it. This registration is free, but it does take time. Are you lazy like me?
Anti Vir has been gaining a lot of support from the techies around the Internet. I believe the basis from this comes from great protection with the ability to scan up to 20% faster than other clients.
Bitdefender provides the same basic virus and spyware scanning, and it adds immediate scanning, a skinable interface and statistical reports. The reports are always a nice touch, because some people want to know everything that is going on with their computer.
Comodo provides a very basic antivirus software that is easy to use. It also has an extremely small memory footprint, so you can actually do other things while it is running on your computer.
Clamwin is obviously the most basic antivrius on the list, but that isn’t always a bad thing. Clamwin may not be as robust as some of the others on the list, but if you don’t need lots of bells and whistles this would be a great choice.
(By) Kyle Judkins is a marker researcher, tech enthusiast, social media contributor and the owner of LostInTechnology and UpYourSocial. If you want to connect, you can find me on FriendFeed and Twitter.