Many PC and even MAC users would like to think that viruses were a thing of the past; that new PCs, laptops and smartphones don’t need antivirus software. But in truth, viruses are still a very real threat and it’s important that you do everything possible to keep your devices protected from there. As such we’ve listed the top 10 antivirus software programs you can istall and use on any of your devices.
- Microsoft Security Essentials
This antivirus program doesn’t need a lot of processing resources,. It is simple yet modern and has a great detection rate, making this the first choice for people who want an good antivirus program to run in the background.
- Avira AntiVir
This is another outstanding antivirus program that catches most infections early on. It offers real time monitoring in its free version. It also protects against Trojans and worms, and offers protection against the spam and fishing techniques too.
This shields against many different types of threats, offers automatic scans and even detects virus infections in instant messages. Avast offers a free personal option and also gives phone support for software issues.
- AVG Free Edition
The developers also offer a free edition for end consumers and with more than 70 million downloads, you can’t really go wrong here. This company offers real-time security against 1000’s of different types of malware.
Comodo also offers real-time scanning and automatic updates so you don’t have to worry about being protected. You can do other things while your system takes care of itself. It also scans e-mails and quarantines files it thinks are dangerous.
- PC Tools Free Edition
This antivirus protects against Trojans, worms and viruses. The PC Tools AntiVirus helps keep your computer safe from the most recognized and damaging malware, even though it does have a slightly lower detection rate than the above programs.
- PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition
With built-in protection against threats like worms, Trojans and viruses, PC Tools AntiVirus will keep a computer safe from all of the most potential damaging malware, but does suffer from a lower detection rate than other free software.
The free edition doesn’t offer real-time scanning but it does offer on-demand scanning with the award winning engine of this antivirus company. The free version does protect a computer just as well as any other paid version.
Clam Win offers high-detection of viruses and has an automatic update feature making it very easy to use. It also has a feature that few other antivirus software programs have, the ability to check spyware.
The personal version is free and offers a firewall as well as antivirus protection. However its detection of spyware is not as good as on other programs.