It’s no secret that the year 2017 has been one filled with turmoil as far as Internet security is concerned. It has been the year of prolific ransomware attacks, the year when various programs decided to call it quits due to their way too threatening bugs and so on, and 2017 isn’t even over yet. And with recent surveys that show malicious content numbers have doubled while security pros are at a loss for words when asked about their protection tools, we can’t help but be worried.
Of course, the pros of this field will eventually get it together and restore peace on the Internet. All that we can do in the meantime is be responsible users and protect our data as much as we can. The best way to do this is through a reliable piece of antivirus software, but if you’re not a big business owner or something similar, you most likely can’t afford to buy Kaspersky or other big names. So here are the five best free ones that regular users can get great use out of.
- BitDefender Antivirus Free
If silent and straightforward protection is what you’re after, then BitDefender is the one for you. Its main focus is to spot and block viruses, and there are no other complicated add-ons and extra features to cause too much trouble for you when you use it. On top of that, BitDefender Antivirus Free is one of the least intrusive such programs out there, having little to no impact on your computer’s RAM usage.
- Avast Free Antivirus
However, not everyone wants a one-trick pony when it comes to antivirus software, even though that particular pony performs its one trick seamlessly. For those of you seeking multiple security options and features, we have Avast Free Antivirus, a very versatile piece of protective software designed for those of you out there that seek all-round security through a wide range of features.
- AVG AntiVirus Free
And then for those of you that are interested mostly in staying safe on the Internet, we think AVG is the right choice. AVG AntiVirus Free offers effective web and email protection, but its duties don’t stop there. It tracks all activity on your computer and singles out suspicious ones, then reports it back to you. And this is equally possible for computer usage, as well as browser add-ons and e-mail attachments. AVG scans them all, so you needn’t worry about malicious third parties ever getting through to you.
- Avira Free Antivirus
Avira Free Antivirus has a lot of settings that you can play around with, which makes it the most customizable program on this list for sure. But it doesn’t have that many features, so there’s the downside to that as well. If you want something a bit more expansive, Avira also has the Free Security Suite that you can install as a companion. This one offers a password manager, a software updater and round the clock web protection. But it does have ads and pop-ups too, so be prepared for that.
- Panda Free Antivirus
In spite of its cute name, the Panda Free Antivirus software is fierce. In fact, it’s small and fierce, unlike a real panda which is big and…well, fierce, but more moderately so. Ignore this failed simile, let’s get to the real information. Panda offers real-time virus detection and website protection, so you will know if something dodgy is happening. On top of that, it also has an USB disk rescue feature, which is very handy and unique.