You’ve heard the experts time and time again about how you should not be without an antivirus program. Most users usually stick with whatever antivirus software comes pre-installed on their new computer (which is great), until the dreaded day when the free trial period ends and we are prompted for an annual subscription fee.
There is no reason to put your computer and personal information in peril. There are good quality free alternatives to main stream antivirus software that will help to keep your computer virus free. Below are three of the most popular choices in free antivirus protection…
Clamwin – Clamwin is a free open source Antivirus program running on Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / 98 and even Windows Server 2008 and 2003. It features:
- High detection rates for viruses and spyware;
- Scanning Scheduler;
- Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.
- Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;
- Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.
Open Source means it is continuously being updated and revised by a community of loyal programmers, and users.It does not a include a real time scanner, so you need to manually scan a file to detect virus or spyware
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition – AVG offers a basic free antivirus program with real time LinkScanner that helps protect your computer from webpages with questionable content. Include an anti root kit. Available for Windows 7, Vista and XP.
AVAST Free – AVAST offers antivirus and anti-spyware protection, realtime rootkit protection, mail shield, web shield and more. Read the complete feature list here.
Along with a good antivirus you should also install anti-spyware/ anti-tracking software to keep your privates private.
Spybot Search & Destroy. – Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. Read more here.
As in anything the best and first line of defense is the user. Proceed with caution and always look and read the window pop ups. If the content looks questionable it probably is.