The Best Free Antivirus Downloads Of The Year


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You can actually offer your PC top-quality protection for free! Since it can be difficult to pick the right antivirus with so much choice, this guide is just what you need.

If you’re a Windows user, Windows 10’s built-in antivirus solution is the last thing to trust when it comes to keeping your system protected and clean. Not that it’s openly bad but because its popularity comes with extremely high risks of frequent attacks. If you rely on Windows Defender, you’d simply be the perfect host for viruses.

And to ward off identity theft and infections, you need to be running advanced security essentials, such as anti-ransomware, anti-malware, zero-day virus protection, and virus detection.

Also, you should know that when providing free AV, many vendors use it as a way to advert more premium offers as well as use the data collected to improve their products’ security.

  1. BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS FREE EDITION (2018’S BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS SCANNER)

Operating system: Android, Mac, Windows

Features: Automatic scanning, Behavioral analysis, Phishing protection

The best things about this free AV are its really fast scanning and excellent virus detection, even though scans can’t be scheduled and advanced users might want more control.

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is light and clean, and although its insistence on running in autopilot mode makes the virus management process easy, it takes it out of the users’ hand. So it’s a double-edged sword.

2. AVAST FREE ANTIVIRUS (A MUCH-IMPROVED SUITE)

Operating system: Android, Mac, Windows

Features: Malware scanner, Password manager, Gaming mode, Virus detection

This AV’s strongest points are its great virus protection and the amazing fact that it doesn’t slow the computer. Yet unfortunately, it has irritating privacy settings and links to paid-for components.

In fact, Avast now owns plenty of additional data to work with, boosting its effective userbase, as well as its threat detection network, to 400 million users!

What’s more, Avast Free Antivirus’ latest edition comes with an automatic gaming mode to mute popups and reduce system load, and there’s a password manager as well.

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