As focus shifts from desktop and laptop computers to mobile and tablet devices, less is also being made about protecting your home computers. Antivirus software is still an essential for your computer, but as we invest more in our portable devices it can be off-putting to have to pay out for robust protection for a desktop. Windows already comes with Windows Defender installed, and although it has improved, it can often fall short of the required level of protection.
Luckily, there are plenty of free options you can download which provide the basics in antivirus software. For occasional users, it could be that you don’t actually need everything that comes bundled with paid-for software, so it isn’t worth paying out. That doesn’t mean you should ignore virus protection altogether though. Here are 5 of the best free antivirus software options at the moment…
While not necessarily the most thorough or comprehensive piece of software from the free options, AVG feels familiar and performs well above average. Perfect for light or inexperienced users, you can’t really go wrong with AVG. One of the most popular tools available.
Panda is a user-friendly antivirus platform which takes much of the stress and uncertainty away from virus protection. There is a high level of performance with Panda, however it can take slightly longer to scan than other brands. It will also automatically quarantine files it deems to be a threat, which may get annoying if you tend to download a lot of different types of files.
Consistently one of the best performing free antivirus programs, Avast isn’t quite as imposing as some others either. You won’t have to leave your computer for an hour or so while it does its thing, as smaller tasks are able to be performed while scans are running. The free version also comes bundled with a free password tool, and with such a simple interface, it’s easy to see why PCPro has named Avast their free antivirus software of the year.
Comodo is a highly regarded free antivirus solution, however requires a little know-how from the user to get the most out of it. If you would describe yourself as an “average” computer user, Comodo may be a little advanced. If you can familiarise yourself with the software and its features though, you’ll get a free antivirus package which outperforms even some of the paid-for options!