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Alwil Software Avast! Free Antivirus 7

Platform: Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; Freeware

With its small system footprint, excellent detection capabilities and features such as a sandbox for running suspicious software or its user-friendly Remote Assistance Tool, Avast! Free has outdone …

1 review

 

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012
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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012

Platform: Win 2000, Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; Freeware

Given AVG Free 2012's ease of use and the fact that it's free, there's no excuse not to at least give it a try. PC Advisor said that it performed very well in their tests, providing …

1 review

 

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014
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McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

If you don't need a full-fledged security suite with features such as spam filtering or parental controls and you think that its extra tools could be useful, IT Reviews reckon that …

1 review | 2 opinions (Above average)

 

 
Antivir Personal Free Antivirus 13
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Avira Free Antivirus 13

Platform: Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; Freeware

Avira's Free Antivirus 13 is a poor choice compared to its rivals in PC Pro's opinion owing to its intrusive advertising, disabled features and poor test results regarding the detection and …

1 review

 

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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2013

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; Freeware

For PC Pro, the 2013 edition of AVG's AntiVirus Free is a complete flop and a huge disappointment owing to its confusing Windows 8-like interface, lack of features and huge memory footprint, …

1 review

 

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Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ 2014

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

Trend Micro's Titanium Antivirus+ 2014 has some strong points, such as malware blocking and excellent anti-spam and anti-phishing capabilities, but it didn't excel at cleaning malware from …

1 review

 

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Symantec Norton Antivirus 2014

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

As far as single-purpose antivirus software goes, Symantec's Norton Antivirus 2014 is one of the best options on the market according to IT Reviews. Its Intrusion Prevention System and phishing …

1 review

 

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Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus 2014

Platform: Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

While there's nothing really wrong with Kasperky's latest antivirus software and in fact it does a great job of detecting and removing threats as well as offering anti-phishing …

1 review

 

AntiVirus Free Edition 2014
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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2014

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; Freeware

The detection capabilities of the 2014 version of AVG's Free Antivirus are excellent, but unfortunately, the same can't be said of its live protection, which is among the worst Expert …

2 reviews

 

Free AntiVirus 2014
Avira Free Antivirus 14

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Win XP; Virus Scanner; Freeware

If you are sure that your system is clean and you want to keep it safe from future threats, the Avira Free AntiVirus 2014 does a good job overall, but IT Reviews wouldn't recommend it due to the …

1 review

 

 
 
Alwil Software Avast! Free Antivirus 8
Alwil Software Avast! Free Antivirus 8

Platform: Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; Freeware

There are a lot of reasons to go with avast! Free Antivirus 8: it's free, it offers extra services such as patch management or Web reputation, and its sandbox tool can be quite convenient, but …

1 review

 

Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac
Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac

Platform: Mac OS X; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

MacFormat's review of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac found it to be a speedy and effective protection suite that takes up minimal processor time or memory. They also said that while it may …

2 reviews | 56 opinions (Above average)

 

Intego Virusbarrier X6
Intego Virusbarrier X6

Platform: Mac OS X; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

"... The number of features crammed into the program means that the Overview window can sometimes look like the control panel of a jumbo jet, but the manual provided by Intego does a good job of …

2 reviews | 30 opinions (Above average)

 

Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus for Mac
Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus for Mac

Platform: Mac OS X, Mac OS; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

"Pros: Checks for definition updates every 30 minutes; safeguards to prevent removal by a hostile agent. Cons: No additional firewall, weblink screening, system resource monitoring or personal …

4 reviews | 32 opinions (Above average)

 

Avira Antivir Personal Free Antivirus 10

Platform: Win 2000, Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; Freeware

"... it missed quite a few viruses. It's disappointing that you won't be fully protected on the web. ... you have a wide range of predefined scans to choose from and a custom one. …

2 reviews

 

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011

Platform: Win XP, Win Vista; Virus Scanner; Freeware

The AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition was already one of the best no-cost security tools out there, but now it's even better, says V3.co.uk. Not only does this version make its user interface even …

4 reviews

 

Symantec Norton Antivirus 2011
Symantec Norton Antivirus 2011

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP, Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

If you are currently looking to buy a new antivirus software package, PC Advisor reckon the 2011 edition of Norton Antivirus is well worth a look. It is a superb all-round package and was able to …

1 review | 27 opinions (Above average)

 

Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials

Platform: Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; Freeware

"... Security Essentials lacks features, and it doesn't mark links in Google results pages as safe or unsafe, for example. There are also fewer configuration options than AVG Free ... …

4 reviews

 

Bitdefender Antivirus 2010
Bitdefender Antivirus 2010

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP, Microsoft Windows; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

"BitDefender Antivirus 2010 will get the job done, but we'd like to see a better user interface."

1 review

 

 
G Data Antivirus 2011
G Data Antivirus 2011

Platform: Win Vista, Win XP; Virus Scanner; No Freeware

PC Advisor believe that the G-Data Antivirus 2011 is worth thinking about. As a whole, it is a very decent package even though they found a few very small problems with it, such as poor translation …

1 review

 

 

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Windows is a big operating system. Its user base far outstrips that of any other OS and the masses and masses of code that go into making it work contain any number of loopholes and weaknesses that someone could exploit to make their presence felt on the global stage. These malicious software creators present a clear and present danger to PC users as it is often the case that our computers hold information that is very important to us, both in a material sense, and increasingly of sentimental value too.

It was once possible to go about ones digital life without being affected by viruses. The only way for them to enter your computer was if you physically introduced a disc into the system which had been infected. The internet changed all that.

With the explosion of the internet nearly every computer can be linked into a huge network to transfer or receive data. This can be a good thing. Messages and photos can be sent between friends and relatives thousands of miles apart, or a bad thing, self replicated viruses can send themselves around the world, spreading from computer to computer exponentially until they are stopped.

To protect yourself against this threat there are two essential tools; a firewall and a virus scanner. The former attempts to intercept and nullify a virus before it reaches you. The latter works on the principle that not every virus can be stopped, and runs silently in the background to monitor everything that is going on and keep a constant watch on what program is trying to access that area of the computer and for what reason. These programs are constantly kept up to date to protect against the newest threats and can be used to scan emails, new programs and to keep the boot sector clean.

Most will come with a rescue disk. This will try and repair the computer after a crippling attack and can be the only way to get access to your data after a particularly nasty virus attack.

It is recommended to perform a full scan at least once a week and to keep the virus scanner running during use to monitor new emails and files.