The beauty of using Windows is the massive customization options available to you. However, one major downside is virus vulnerability. Here is a list of 7 antivirus programs that you can download for free.
1. AVG Antivirus
By far AVG is one of the most popular choices among Windows users. It can run on Windows XP and later versions, as well as Mac OS X 10.8 and newer. Not only does it have the typical virus detection properties you need, it also has malware detection and the capacity to block infected links.
2. BitDefender Antivirus Free
This antivirus can run on Windows XP and later, as well as Android 2.3 and newer. BitDefender is a real-time shield against threats, has a rootkit, HTTP scanning, and even lets the software adapt to certain functions like protection while playing games. Safe banking is also offered by BitDefender.
This software is one of the more versatile ones and can run on Windows XP and newer versions, MAC OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Android 4.0 and newer, and iOS 5.1 or later versions. It comes with web filtering, firewall, network optimization, and parental controls. This last feature restricts the websites that can be viewed in the device.
4. Avira Free Antivirus
Also one of the most popular choices, Avira is available on Windows XP and later, MAC OS X 10.9 or newer, and Android 2.2 and later. Its features are fast scan, malware and browser protection, cloud-based scanning, etc.
5. Comodo Antivirus
A highly versatile option, Comodo Antivirus can be used on Windows XP and later versions, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and Android 2.2 or newer. It has a large database of known viruses, rootkits, spyware, etc. Comodo is definitely a top choice.
6. Qihoo 360 Total Security
Qihoo originates from China and, while dependable, lacks important features like firewall, backup facility, and parental control.
7. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free
Malwarebytes’ main feature is protection against zero-day exploits, or viruses which have no signature yet. Great as an additional layer of protection as it does not need updates and only takes up 3mb of your space.