Video:Best Free Antivirus Softwarewith Angela Dawn
Anti-virus software can be overwhelming to fish through. In this software video from About.com, get thorough reviews of some of the best free anti-virus software programs so you'll always be protected.See Transcript
Transcript:Best Free Antivirus Software
Hi, this is Angela with About.com, and today I'm going to show you some of the best free anti-virus software programs. With all the malicious sites out there, it can be easy for a virus to be launched on an un-expecting user. It's important to have sufficient protection from a wide range of internet threats.
Avira: This product has received a lot of great reviews. Its excellent protection from Malware, but is missing some desirable functions. It doesn't do so great with rootkits and it's email scanner can be a bit over protective. The free version doesn't allow parental controls. On the other side of the coin it has a great interface that is easy to use.
Avast!Free: It is great at getting malware, and excellent at blocking harmful downloads. The boot scan doesn't allow malware a chance to start. But, it doesn't block malicious sites very well. Boot scan requires your command every time it finds something if you don't have the settings hooked up. You can change the settings where it performs a default action of your choice.
Malwarebytes: It's free features are limited to scanning but it's good at what it does. It has a super fast installation and has a strong defense to some infections that block you from installing an anti-virus. Great to download in emergency situations where you need a quick anti-virus remover that can install.
AVG: It keeps a maintenance on computer processing speed, rates very good scores amongst many testers, and successfully protects you from most malwares. It includes safe search, blocks threats and facebook logins, and fast scan protects from phishing. However, its phishing and exploit protection is less effective than its malware protection.
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE): It's good for lightweight users, and scores high in low PC usage. It has a nice and simple interface that's easy to understand, even not for the not so computer savvy. It will notify you of all suspicious programs. Though, sometimes it will warn you for programs you know are safe, but less than some programs in malware protection and prevention. It's great for people who mainly use well-known, safe sites and is looking for an anti-virus for peace of mind that won't hinder their processing speed.
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