The Best Free Antivirus Programs

The Best Free Antivirus Programs

Many of the top antivirus programs offer free versions that are as effective as their paid versions in stopping malware. Most antivirus programs offer a basic, low-end program with only a few features. A mid-range program includes additional security tools, and a high-end program has all the bells and whistles.

The free version of AVG Antivirus provides excellent malware protection and a light system impact. The free program also has a number of other handy tools, including junk file cleaning, RAM optimization and Wi-Fi network scanners. It’s also free of ads and does not nag users to upgrade to premium features.

Microsoft Defender is the default antivirus software that comes with Windows systems. It’s not the greatest at preventing malware files from being downloaded onto your computer, but its free version has several tools like health and performance analyses as well as parental controls that aren’t present in paid versions of other antivirus programs.

Bitdefender’s suites, which include antivirus software, are among the most well-known available. The free version is as powerful and effective as the paid versions. It is ad free, has no limit on how many devices can be scanned and includes an extensive set of anti-theft functions, including the ability to find and lock or wipe an Android device that has been stolen.

Sophos Home free is great for those who want to manage antivirus protection of a computer belonging to someone in the family who does not live in their household. It scores excellently for malware detection, but it scores lower for fraud.

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