Top 7 Best Free Antivirus Programs of 2017

In today’s intensely connected world, staying safe on the Internet is a must. Unfortunately, hacks and scams become more and more clever, and more and more users thus fall prey and become infected. Programs that we used to love and which were indispensable for our online experience, like Adobe Flash Player for example, have become security nightmares due to phishing and malware. On top of that, even the safest of e-mail services, Gmail, is now under attack and it’s not looking good.

Seeing how there are so many threats on the Internet nowadays, we as users must do our best to stay safe and protect our precious personal data from malicious third parties. Naturally, if you don’t own a corporate computer, it’s not absolutely mandatory to buy an expensive antivirus program. In fact, free ones do just fines for us regular people. Here are the top seven best free antivirus programs of this year.

  1. Avira

The new 2017 Avira antivirus is the good dream that put an end to all Internet nightmares. Independent research labs have rated at as being the top of its field, and we surely agree. However, it also has a few cons, like every other program out there. For one, Avira can become pretty slow when performing a scan. And unfortunately, its browser protection is also available for Chrome and Firefox. But let’s face it, who even uses other browsers nowadays? Not too many people, so that’s fine with us.

  1. Avast

This new free version of the famous Avast antivirus has it all. Not only is Avast extremely effective in what it does, but it also comes with a myriad of bonus features that will satisfy even the pickiest computer user. Install today and try it out. You have nothing to lose; after all, it is free.

  1. BitDefender

BitDefender is for sure another well-known household name when it comes to free antivirus software. In fact, BitDefender has been around for too long, I actually remember struggling to install it on my first ever computer when I was very young. Ah, brings back some good memories. But seriously now, BitDefender has grown a lot over the years, and has truly become one of the best free antivirus software of 2017.

  1. AVG

If you’re interested in the field of antivirus software, then you might know that AVG has undergone a massive interface change recently. However, its makeover was purely for aesthetic reasons, as well as to make the interface more user-friendly. However, its amazing features stayed the same, so that’s a big plus in our book.

  1. Cybereason

Cybereason is one of those programs that are excellent against a very specific type of attack. In the case of this one, it actually specializes in blocking ransomware attacks. If you’re up to date with the latest news concerning Internet security (and you should be), you are already well aware of the fact that ransomware attacks are some of the most often encountered nowadays. Therefore, it’s best that you take caution and protect yourself, and Cybereason is a sure way to do that.

  1. Malwarebyte

Malwarebyte is another program that is excellent in protecting your computer and all the data on it against malicious ransomware attacks. So all that we’ve said above applies here as well. If you’re wondering which one to choose, go with your instincts. You will make the best choice.

  1. Sophos

The great thing about Sophos antivirus is that it mimics those expensive programs that big companies have on their computer, but it’s free and it’s accessible for everyone.

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