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No Antivirus? For Shame! Grab a Free One Right Now.  June 19, 2018 – 03:23 pm

Virus and AntibodiesIf you surf the Web naked of antivirus protection, you could lose your data to ransomware, or lose your savings to a banking Trojan. We've rounded up the best free antivirus tools, so you have no excuse but to choose now.

How much are you willing to spend to protect your PC against viruses, Trojans, ransomware, rootkits, and all the other revolting varieties of malware? If you've got a spare $40 or so, you can purchase a top-of-the-line antivirus, one that's been vetted by independent researchers in labs around the world. You can also spend the same amount (or more!) for something that doesn't work nearly as well, so always check our reviews before making a purchase.

But $40 isn't chump change, especially if you have to protect multiple PCs. And these days, you don't just buy an antivirus tool, you pay a yearly subscription. Fortunately, you can get effective protection without spending a dime. We've rounded up the best free antivirus utilities to remove your last possible excuse for not installing protection.

Third Parties Rule
To be clear, I'm not talking about Windows Defender (built into modern Windows versions) or Microsoft Security Essentials. The independent labs have put these products to the test and found them lacking. I have Windows Defender up on the testing rack at this very moment; so far, it doesn't impress. You'll see my review soon.

Some vendors focus strongly on free antivirus for consumers, supporting that giveaway with for-pay editions aimed at business. Others put the antivirus basics out there for free and stuff the paid edition with super-cool bonus features. Indeed, when I map out the beyond-the-basics features from all the dozens of products I test, it's very clear that when you pay for protection, you get more goodies.

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