Having a PC without security solution installed is nearly out of bounds for any user nowadays. Given the way hackers and malware creators have become active, you need a capable anti-virus software on your desktop or laptop. However, it does not necessarily mean you will have to churn out a hefty amount and buy antivirus or PC security software to safeguard your computer from viruses and online threats.Windows users can pick from a handful of Antivirus apps that come for free yet offer decent level of protection from diverse malware types.
Below listed are the top 10 free antivirus software of 2015:
- Panda Free Antivirus 2015
Panda is a big name in cloud security and most of its security apps rely on the cloud for in depth protection. The Panda Antivirus 2015 is the free and entry level product of thecompany now and it is a reliable security solution. The installation is simple and during install, you can evade installing Yahoo as default home page. Panda Antivirus 2015 excels at malware blocking and elimination. In fact, it gives some paid antivirus apps a run for their money! The software also performs well in malicious URL blocking and gets top notch scores from the leading virus testing labs like Virus bulletin. There are bonus features like USB Vaccine and Rescue Kit.
- Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
Bitdefenderâs commercial PC security solutions have won awards and accolades, but do not dismiss its free offering as incapable either! On the contrary, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is among the top notch performers in its category. It is kindof an install it and forget it type of app. There is hardly anything to configure and it runs silently at background without much intervention.Its Virus Shield component deploys on-access scanning as well as behavior-based detection to catch diverse malware.It also scores pretty well in malicious url blocking and phishing protection.
- Avast Free Antivirus 2015
Avast is another eminent firm you can count on for computer security. Avast Free Antivirus 2015 is one of the decent contenders in its segment, though you cannot call it the numeroUNO. It has a network protection scan feature which is handy. Another nice component is the Software Updater. The Browser Cleanup helps you fix commonplace browser issues. While these add-ons are useful the core malware protection in Avast is somewhat âmiddle of the lineâ.
- AVG AntiVirus Free 2015
AVG has been a favorite with users choosing free anti malware solutions. With the 2015 edition, AVG mostly lives up to the expectation. The UI has changed a bit and it looks easy on the eyes. The free edition discards the Online Shield component, but still offers good protection from online and offline protection. The installation takes time, but it is not tedious. AVG Antivirus fares well in core malware detection and cleanup. The Web TuneUp plug-in is an add-on most users will find useful. Even the anti phishing and malicious URL blocking performance is reasonably good.
- Avira Antivirus 2015 Free
Avira is among popular security solutions and the free version of its antivirus is decent, if not great. The software urges you to install Avira SafeSearch. Two other useful components are Browser Safety and online Android antitheft console. Avira Antivirus fares well on being subjected to several independent virus lab tests. The malware blocking is good, but it gets outshined by a number of rivals. The Browser Safety plug-in lacks support for IE. While IEâs popularity is on the slide, having the support is always good.Â The malicious url blocking performance is good, but again it does not lead the pack!
- ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2015
ZoneAlarm is known more for its robust firewall solutions than antivirus but if you get two apps in one UI and that too for free, thereâs hardly anything to complain! The suite offers phishing protection and a great firewall. The antivirus protection is decent. There are add-ons like a browser toolbar bundled. It offers a Facebook privacy check and secure search. Overall, it scores well in malware protection, but the firewall gets more marks than antivirus for efficacy.
- Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoftâs Security Essentials has been around for years and its track record is not much impressive. The app is however easy to use and you do get some settings to configure. Security Essentials lags behind many free third party antiviruses in core malware blocking. It is only recommendable if you still use an older PC with dated hardware and do not usetheweb much for transactions. It is no longer available for Windows 8 and later versions and it had been replaced with Windows Defender in those versions.
- AdAware Free Antivirus +
AdAware made a name as an anti spyware before Lava soft launched the mainstream antivirus too. The installation is time consuming you need to be careful to prevent some third party tools from being installed. There are 4 protections, including real time protection. In a free tool features like a command line scanner and Sandbox emulation are quite commendable. There is a gaming mode and the scans can be customized. On the downside, the scanning slows down the system perceptibly.
- Qihoo 360 Total Security
360 Total Security is more than free antivirus, in a nutshell. It does block and eliminate malware and also helps boost system speed and helps you get rid of junk files. Everything can be used from the same UI. Security aware users will be relieved to know it combines the power of 3 distinct antivirus engines to trace and eliminate malware. The blue and white colored UI is soothing and easy to tweak. It also offers protection for mobile devices and packs in a sandbox mode.
- Comodo Antivirus
There is a section of users who like to tweak software settings and customize them for personal need including security apps. These users will love Comodo antivirus. It is a pretty useful free antivirus with plenty of settings to make the geek in you wake up! The UI is neat, but not exactly for beginners. The proprietary Defense+ technology of Comodo works in background safeguarding the PC. There is automatic sandboxing, cloud-based protection as well as Resident protection. The app takes really long to wrap full system scan though it is not much of a resource hog.