Read this top 10 best free antivirus software for windows 2016 review and know which antivirus would be best for your pc. These days we are 100 percent online. We extend our lives into the web in every possible way. We socialize, we buy, we work, even love online. Without a proper antivirus, we put all these aspects of our “e-life” in danger. Viruses, worms, adware, Trojans, spyware, you name it. I`m sure there is one out there, waiting to strike, with your I.P. on it. Protection matters! I mean, imagine your bank account empty, your privacy flushed down the toilet, the devastation of losing your photos, all of your data lost. It really sucks, isn`t it?
Antivirus software is like the Harry Potter of the internet safety, spreading his white magic all around the web. And, best of all, he is doing it for free. Mostly. You have to pay for extra spells.
By far, the most important trait of the AV software is to detect and quarantine any new threats. Of course, we will also like an easy-quick scan, an intuitive graphic-interface, as many features and functions available, easy accessible functions, low resource usage, a high frequency actualization of the virus database, and the possibility to choose if we want or not to delete a file that is in the quarantine area. That being said, let`s see what`s the top ten for best free AV software for Windows (8/7/XP).
Comodo Antivirus Free
Comodo provides the most protective functions (firewall, antispyware, e-mail protection). It has a very good rate in terms of recognizing viruses, daily updates and it doesn`t consume too many resources. On the top of that, you can legally use it for commercial purposes. So, if you are a young entrepreneur, short on cash and with a small business to run, you should take Comodo Antivirus Free in serious consideration. Things were different for Comodo a few years ago, but lately, this magnificent security trio (antivirus, antispyware and firewall) has managed to break the top of the most efficient AV free software, surpassing similar programs like AVG or Avast. The graphical interface is nice, linear and intuitive enough, so even your grandma can walk through the whole process of installing.
Avira Free Antivirus
Game on! If you are a gamer, that`s probably one of the best choice for you. Avira Free includes the “Game” mode, very useful to maximize the use of resources during gaming sessions. It is a free antivirus and antimalware, equipped with a very powerful scan engine, capable of real-time protection, being able to detect and neutralize threats such as virus, spyware, worm, Trojan, backdoor, dialer and rootkits. You can customize all the options provided by this software, according to your own needs. In terms of RAM is not very demanding. Again, the graphical interface is very simple and intuitive, so grandma will handle the installation process very well, although I doubt that any grandma plays NFS. Also, if you are a parent, Avira Free Antivirus provides you a parental control web service.
Avast Free Antivirus 2016
Avast Free Antivirus provides real-time protection for the web pages, downloaded files and e-mail. It is completely identical to the commercial AV program, but you cannot use it for the commercial purposes. It has a nice and very practical graphical interface. The installation process is also very simple. You just have to follow the steps available on avast.com, but just make sure you opt in for the free version. At the latest test conducted by AV-Test.org, Avast failed to understand the unknown threats (zero-day), this place being held by Avira Free. Bottom line, Avast is not perfect, but it`s the ideal program for those who do not visit sites potentially dangerous.
AVG free Antivirus 2016
AVG free it is a powerful, efficient, essential tool that protects your PC from virus, worm, rootkit or Trojans while browsing the internet. The graphical interface is not very intuitive. While most AV software use a graphical interface based on tabs, AVG has opted for an interface in Windows 8 style, so you have to go back to home page whenever you want to access a tool. It scores very good results in the tests conducted by AV-Test.org. In the test conducted in April 2014, it came second after Avira. It has a fast scanning engine, and during the scan it doesn`t use many resources. As a personal opinion I think it is too aggressive with all these invitations to purchase a commercial version.
360 Internet Security
With a well-structured, clean graphical interface, and a low consumption of RAM, 360 Internet Security has it all: powerful and effective scan engines, real-time protection, URL filtering which blocks dangerous websites while browsing the web, and a very useful function to protect your privacy. So if a program, application, or web site tries to access your personal data, the 360 IS warns the user.
Panda Free Antivirus 2016
It can`t be easier to install a software than it is for Panda Free Antivirus 2015. It takes around 30 minutes, which is above average. It`s also a very fast scanner in standard mode and it has a very good ability to block malware, right from the start. Nothing it`s more surprising than it`s detection rate, scoring 86% in lab tests. Panda free antivirus 2015 includes technologies from his three predecessors and the main inherited future it`s cloud-based scanning technology. This free version it`s a trail one.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition (2016)
Code name: install and protect. Your attention is not required. It`s a well-trained antivirus that knows exactly what to do and it`s not bothering you with stupid questions. You don`t have to set schedules for scans because it knows when you are not using a lot of RAM and in that moment it`s doing it`s background scans, so you`ll hardly notice any difference when it`s running. This free version it`s equipped with the essentials tools and no goodies are available. If you are already infected, this is not the AV for you. But, for a fresh new system this software will keep it clean in the best way possible. Lab tests placed it on the top of all others antiviruses. This free edition it`s based on the previous engine, so if you are expecting for “the photon technology” you will have to opt for other paid version of Bitdefender programs.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Maybe Malwarebytes it`s not the “Brad Pitt” good-looking software. But for sure it has the mussels of the Terminator. Version 3.0 gets prettier and friendlier. Even if you are almost blind, it`s impossible to miss the big button “scan now”. More than 300 million people downloaded this antivirus, and until now it has proven its efficacy removing more than 5 billion pieces of malware. It`s a five out of five. When any other antivirus software fails, experts turn to Malwarebytes. So it`s something like a Chuck Norris in an apocalyptic screenplay. In the free version, real-time protection it`s not available.
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free
Some antiviruses might not be sufficient to offer protection. If you want full protection of your browsing session you can take into consideration this software. I know it`s not qualifying for an antivirus but it`s complementary when the program or the security suite you are using doesn`t offer this feature. If you are looking for compulsive protection, you can buy the premium version which covers web based attacks or documents and PDFs attacks. Don`t worry to use more than one protection solution because this one it`s small and quite unexpansive in terms of RAM.
Norton Power Eraser
If your computer it`s already infested with malware this is the brute force solution for clean-up. And when I mean brute force I`m referring that some collateral damage it`s possible in the clean-up process. It is a very aggressive tool and some non-malicious files can be deleted along with the bad ones. Norton power eraser it`s equipped with a data base of known software to prevent collateral damage. But this is not enough, so just in case you have the possibility to undo all changes. It is not suitable for standalone antivirus software. If you are not an expert, leave this software as the ultimate solution.
In conclusion, I can hope that, this review for best free antivirus software windows have given you an in depth idea of the best antivirus. If you think some important antivirus is missing in the post, you can suggest us using the comment box. We will add the software to our list rechecking the issue. For now, thank you for reading our post and for your precious time.