Ok, so you’ve finally set up your machine just the way you like it, and the only thing left now is to venture into the vast information ocean that is the World Wide Web. Wrong! Before you do that, you need to protect your PC properly, which means you should have your antivirus, firewall and antispyware installed and up-to-date. Now, most of us are somewhat lazy to invest time and effort (not to mention money) for the purpose of keeping our PC safe.
Especially if your surfing habits involve visiting secure and reputable websites. It’s all good, right until the moment you insert a USB drive which God knows where it’s been into your computer, and it starts wreaking havoc.
Apart from providing decent enough protection for your PC so you don’t have to worry every time you open up your browser, antivirus software has to meet several other requirements, depending on the needs of the user. Personally, I like my antivirus to be like a butler – does it’s work perfectly, without me even noticing. And of course, there is the issue of price. Therefore, here are some of the free alternatives for protecting your electronic pet, listed in no particular order whatsoever:
Avast Free Antivirus
Avast Free Antivirus performed well on the tests, and it was able to discover 99 percent of threats, which is around the industry standard, counting the paid antivirus products as well. Where Avast truly gets to shine is the detection of zero-day security threats, being able to pick up 99 percent of them, which exceed the average of 95 percent by a wide margin. Also, it does a great job when it comes to false positives, it is simple to use and install, and it’s not very demanding, so it won’t hinder your system’s performance. Choosing Avast Free Antivirus as your antivirus is a no-brainer.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
As far as protection goes, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition offers similar performance as Avast does. It was able to detect 99 percent of threats, the industry average. When it comes to zero-day threats, it is right up there with Avast, nearly 100 percent of the threat detected, although Avast is still slightly better. It reported a few false positives, but nothing you should worry about. AVG has a slight edge over its competitors regarding system performance, so if you have a PC that lack a bit of power, AVG is your best bet.
Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall
A juggenaut among the antiviruses, Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is not quite as good as Avast or AVG in terms of protection, but it still does a pretty good job. Where it does excel is system requirements, so if you have an underpowered PC, you will not go wrong by choosing ZoneAlarm. It detected nearly 100 recent of all known threats, which is great, but concerning zero-day threats, it picked up 91 to 93 percent, which is still not bad, but far below average of 95 percent. A good choice if you have an older PC, but other’s offer better protection.
These are by no means your only alternatives, but until you decide to really get into the matter, one of these three should be your first line of defense. For a paid alternative check my article about McAfee antivirus.
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