Windows Talk: 5 Best Free Antivirus Software for Windows

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By James Fisher for Windows Talk

One of the most important considerations for PC users is protecting their systems against viruses, spyware, rootkit infections and all other forms of malware. The best way to approach hardware, software, and network security is to employ common sense: not opening spammy email attachments, avoiding illegal software and dangerous downloads, etc. But even with these precautions, malware can still rear it’s ugly head. And nothing can set you back on a project more than a system crash. Here are five top-notch and free antivirus software programs for Windows:

Avast! Free Antivirus

This program has a sea scroll of protection features, including “shields”, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, Virus Chest, SafeZone, an Intrusion Detection System, cloud services for virus database information, and real-time protection. Now in Version 7, Avast is compatible with XP, SP2, Vista, and Windows 7.

AVG Free Antivirus

This program also provides a variety of malware solution, such as Identity Protection, Anti-Virus plus Firewall, Anti-Rootkit and other admin tools.. AVG 9 also uses cloud services with their signature-based blocking to protect against white listing. The patent for its real-time LinkScanner technology is still pending.

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16 thoughts on “Windows Talk: 5 Best Free Antivirus Software for Windows

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  2. The chances are that your PC may be under attack from the inside without you even knowing it. Your PC might be in a working state, but it may be slow and unpredictable or simply acting weird.

  3. Since 2007 I use the Microsoft antivirus and it's the best solution I have ever done.I have had never ever a problems with an intruders in my computer, and only what I'm doing that always check windows update section and downloading all the offered updates which has been nearly every day that some of them appear there….

  4. Personally I prefer Essentials by Microsoft.
    The new system from Dell a XPS8700 with a gen 4 8 core processor is slower than the “little duo core” from Intel in Jan. of 2007 that runs at 2.13 vs. the 3.4 I7
    The antivirus that came with the system is from Mac-a-fee! Slower than death and does not perform well in sorting out spam. It does perform sell in the area of malware and virus protection.

  5. I have Windows 7 and just use the ‘Microsoft Security Essentials” that comes with it–is this not enough?–How good is the Microsoft program–do I need another antivirus program for my personal computer?
    Thank you

      • Thank you, so I don’t need another anti-virus program but do I also need a anti-spy ware program, like ad-aware on my computer.
        I’m a senior, so please keep it simple. When I went to school we only had manual typewriters—how things have changed.

  6. AVG, avast!, Avira, Panda Cloud, Threatfire, Bitdefender Free, Online scanners, etc.

    One of those must be a fav for many.

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