For protection from malicious programs, you need antivirus software installed on your computer. Here are some free antivirus programs or software to download and install.
If you are looking for a free antivirus software for your computer then here is the ultimate list of 12 free antivirus software to download. You can use the 90 days trial version of Norton Internet Security at any point of time. But after those 90 days, you may use any of them if you don’t want to purchase the license copy for Norton or any other paid programs.
Here is the list of 12 free antivirus software with detailed descriptions and compatibility:
1. Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft has recently released a free antivirus software which is really effective. Installation of this tool doesn’t take more than couple of minutes and the system load is also very less. If you are a normal user and like to have a free antivirus program then you can try Microsoft Security Essential.
2. AVG Antivirus
Most popular free antivirus program which is an award winner program for scanning a system for free. You can always trust AVG for virus protection.
Another award winning antivirus program for windows PC desktops. Protection level of BitDefender is also very good.
According to BitDefender release note,
BitDefender Free Edition uses the same ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products, allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all.
Compatibility: Windows XP and Vista
4. Avast Antivirus
Avast Antivirus is free for non commercial usage. This antivirus is one of the biggest competitor of AVG and it is growing rapidly.
Compatibility: Windows and Linux
5. Comodo Antivirus + Firewall
Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Use Antivir to protect your computer from viruses, worms, trojans etc. Free version is available to download.
Compatibility: Windows and Linux
Very simple but powerful antivirus where you can just select the drive and scan that with anti viruses.
Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista
8. PC Tool Antivirus
PC Tool Free Antivirus is tested program on Vista, XP, 2000 and it is an effective tool. According to the release note of PC Tool,
With PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition you are protected against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal information. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading virus and worms, such as Netsky, Mytob and MyDoom, can result in infections within minutes.
Compatibility: Windows Vista, XP, 2000
9. Immunet Protect
Small Antivirus firm but effective. You can try the free antivirus program supported by Immunet community.
Compatibility: Windows XP, 2000, Vista
One of the best free Antivirus in the market and recommended by PC magazine as well. According to the Collective Intelligence Monitor,
Panda’s Collective Intelligence servers have analyzed 86.872.110
viruses and goodware files.
Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
11. Graugon Antivirus
Another free antivirus program which is very much recent but nicely build.
Compatibility: Windows 2003, XP
12. Rising Antivirus
Rising is anther free antivirus software thru which you can scan your system and protect. It is also in its initial stages and currently they are having 2009 version available to download.
Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
If you are aware of any other reliable and free Antivirus program then share your thought thru comments section of this post.