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Which free antivirus is best?

How do I know which antivirus is the best?  April 21, 2016 – 09:23 am

howto2_enQuestion of the week: How do I know which antivirus is the best for my computer? I mostly use it for staying in touch with my friends, doing schoolwork and watching videos. Is your free product good enough to protect me?

We receive questions like yours on our Facebook page frequently. We understand how difficult choosing which security product is right for you when the technology is unfamiliar and the marketing messages are similar.

That’s where independent testing labs like can help. A few times a year, these experts set up a “real-world’ test in their lab where they test dozens of antivirus products on identical computers.

avast! Free Antivirus was the only free product to receive AV-Comparatives highest award in the ADVANCED Plus category because of in protecting against malicious samples with a small incidence of false positives (wrongly blocking domains or files). The other Advanced Plus recipients were paid-for products (that shows how good avast! Free Antivirus is! ;-)).

For this “real-world” test, AV-Comparatives, together with the University of Innsbruck’s Computer Science department, set up identical Dell computers with Windows 7, Office, Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, QuickTime, Firefox, and a constant internet connection – basically, like most of us have at home. Twenty-two products, of which only two were free, including avast! Free Antivirus, were tested. As you can see from the award, avast! Free Antivirus held it’s own, so yes, this product is more than good enough to protect your computer.

Notable among the test results is Microsoft Security Essentials, which placed last. AV-Comparatives only used it as a basis of comparison, because Microsoft withdrew it from testing this year. This product provides only basic malware protection and has been the source of much conversation since earlier this year when Microsoft advised Windows users to use a third-party antivirus instead of counting on MSE. Since then they have changed their statement. Nevertheless, MSE’s scores in malware detection have continued to slide.

Source: blog.avast.com



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  • avatar which free antivirus is best? | Yahoo Answers
    • I use Avast , I have also got superantispyware and Malwarebytes. I recently changed to Comodo firewall which seems fine and I seem to boot up quicker. They are all free for personal use and I have had no trouble with Viruses Trojans Hackers etc. I also use Windows Defender from the Microsoft site. It is safe to use two anti-spy products but never use more than one A/V as it can cause conflicts. You should run A/V and anti spy weekly. Three sites you can use safely.


  • avatar Which free antivirus is the best to protect your computer from computer virus
    • Their is no such thing as the "best antivirus".  As more and more viruses are coming out EVERY day, antivirus companies are struggling to stay one step ahead of malware authors.  If you need an antivirus program and don't want to spend $35 or so, I recommend downloading MalwareBytes.  It is a free anti-malware program and it is VERY effective.  Also download SpyBot: Search and Destroy which is a free anti-spyware program and yet again, it is very effective.

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