Top 10 Free Anti-Virus Software We Can Use in 2017 & 2018

by Karen C. Health Guide

When you get a new PC or laptop and set it up for yourself,your next mandatory step should always be to install an anti-virus software program. While Windows 10 is definitely an amazing operating system, its Windows Defender software is considered weak especially when hackers know what they’re up against.

A third-party anti-virus solution is much more secure and difficult to penetrate because these companies employ hundreds of security experts to create the best defense for your computer.

A paid software may have added advantages but for starters, you can always choose to go with a free version. Here’s a complete list of the top free anti-virus programs available in the market in 2017, from which you can pick your choice.

BitDefender Antivirus: Free Edition

Bitdefender is a lightweight and easy-to-use tool which comes bundled with all the features you would expect from a software program. Be it zero-day threats or usual spyware or malware, this is one of the most highly recommended programs by security experts at after they extensively tested its capabilities.

Avast Free Edition

Avast is a well-known name in the world of antivirus software and the latest version of the program released in 2017 is more intuitive than ever. It has a gaming mode specifically targeted for gamers who need all ports to be open for multiplayer titles so as to continue legitimate software communication while trying to defend against malware.

Sophos Home

The unique sales point of Sophos Home is that it is an ideal fit for homes where there are multiple PCs. The free solution can protect up to 10 computers at the same time, in addition to providing parental control and offering capabilities to protect against phishing attacks. 

Kaspersky: Free Edition

Kaspersky is another popular program that provides free antivirus protection with lots of bundled features including real-time scanning and protection against phishing attacks. It also efficiently scans emails to protect your PC against spyware or other harmful messages.

Avira Free Antivirus

Designed specifically for the Windows operating system, Avira is best known for its ability to find any type of virus that’s thrown at it. The virus protection program also has a free Virtual Private Network bundled with it, which is essential to safeguard your location, as well as built-in system optimization tools to keep the PC responsive at all times.

AVG Antivirus

The AVG Antivirus program has been around for a very long time and is lightweight and easy-to-use. The simplicity is great but at times it is not the most powerful virus protection program. A decent one at that, it tunes PCs to run faster and offers reliable security at the same time.

Panda Free Antivirus

When you are about to download the Panda free antivirus, the company often throws huge discounts on the paid ones if you like to upgrade. However, even the free edition is a solid one, powered by a cloud-based scanner with the latest virus definitions uploaded regularly, offering helpful features such as gaming mode, plus a bootable rescue kit in case your computer is claimed by a virus.

The program can also be used to scan and immunize your USB for added security.

360 Total Security

Using 360 Total Security may be overwhelming because of the massive features found in it. The program uses multiple scanners at once to detect even the subtlest viruses. The basic features, including scanning and protection against phishing, are also provided along with a mobile app for those who use Android smartphones.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus

For users who would prefer a solid firewall protection, ZoneAlarm is an ideal choice. It also includes identity protection and allows users to backup their important files online. The free version limits your maximum available space, but it should be enough for the average user.

You can also choose to install it along with Windows Defender activated for double protection,but doing this will open up a lot of alerts, which could annoy some users.

Adaware Antivirus Free

Adaware Antivirus is a customizable solution which analyzes your behavior, along with the types of software programs installed on your PC, in order to adjust its settings accordingly. Apart from this unique feature, it can also stop malware downloads through a firewall system which instantly recognizes threats and has a built-in powerful malware scanner to go along with it.

Compared to popular brands, it may falter in terms of virus detection, but it does offer some helpful features that other antivirus programs don’t. 

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