7 free antivirus software for Windows operating system
To use free antivirus as an alternative to paid products to help protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other threats, one need not look far. As part of the operating system from Microsoft has its own antivirus, Windows defender is a regular application that provides basic protection level of your computer. Such a do not take seriously for various reasons, but it is reasonable to talk about the lack of effectiveness of Windows Defender can be based except on various independent tests, where a regular antivirus system shows, alas, not perfect results. Fortunately, on the market of software today there is an abundance of free and also sensible solutions to protect your computer from malware. Overview of those is given below. In this article, we consider the possibility of seven free antivirus software for Windows OS.
The participants of the survey (a link is provided to download the programs from their official sites):
1. Nano Antivirus
Overview let’s start with the domestic product. Nano antivirus is a software product from the developers based on their own antivirus engine. Has standard set of features for a basic level of protection – customizable scan types (including scheduled scan), protection in real time from all types of threats, web protection. Beyond the standard features of Nano antivirus provides enable/disable the function of file protection by type of standard filter Windows SmartScreen. Nano antivirus is undemanding to system resources of the computer, has a simple, plain, but user-friendly interface.
More features than the free version will get a more functional version of Nano antivirus Pro. However, from the functionality of the latter, and this is a different UI themes, game mode antivirus, the creation of more than 3 tasks on the scheduler, the really good is, in fact, only technical support from the developer via personal channels.
As befits a serious antivirus, Nano antivirus has its so-called cloud scanner is a free online check of individual files to identify threats. The cloud scanner is available on the official website of the antivirus Nanoav.Ru and also in Metro applications «Nano Antivirus Sky Scan» for Windows 8.1 and 10. The app is free to install from the Windows store.
2. Avira Free Antivirus
The brainchild of German developers – Avira Free Antivirus – veteran on the market of protective software for Windows. A few years ago it was very popular due to the smaller number of free offers standing among anti-viruses. A basic level of protection in Avira Free Antivirus presented antivirus scanner with a choice of different areas of computer protection in real time built-in firewall. In addition to different areas of the scan test can be carried out in the framework of individual types of threats – rootkits.
The free version of this antivirus has no modules, email protection and web protection, but the latter can be realized through the installation of extensions from Avira to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, web browsers are clones, supporting extensions of the latter. These extensions overlap with the built-in browser protection against malicious code on the Internet and fraudulent websites.
In the paid version of Avira Antivirus Pro will get improved web security check individual files using cloud technology in real time, game mode, email protection, preventing disable the anti-virus malware, as well as technical support.
At the moment Avira Free Antivirus is not the best solution for low-power computers. On the market free antivirus is more economical in terms of system resource use decisions. This, in particular, discussed above, Nano antivirus or, for example, the following participant review Zillya! Antivirus.
3. Zillya! Antivirus
Zillya! Anti – Russian response and the Germans from the Ukrainian developers in the form of security product for Windows based on its own antivirus engine. Like previous reviewers, the free version of the Ukrainian antivirus provides basic protection level of your computer. This antivirus is ideal for first time users, because Zillya! Antivirus a pleasant intuitive interface. And big size controls, plus, the antivirus convenient solution for touch devices with a small screen. A basic level of protection traditionally provided by scanning of individual areas of the computer (including the possibility of assigning jobs in the scheduler) and the real-time protection («Guard»). Beyond that free get even active by default, mail scan for threats and USB filter to check the connected USB drives.
Free Zillya! The antivirus also provides the choice of protection mode of computer – economical, optimum, maximum. To access the advanced settings of the antivirus, you must register after logging in it through email or through accounts of popular social networks.
Paid continuation Zillya! Antivirus is a package of comprehensive protection Zillya! Internet Security, which already contains modules web filtering, parent control, shredder files (the rubbing of the file on your hard disk) and other unnecessary for the layman functions.
4. Panda Free Antivirus
Panda Free Antivirus – free version antivirus from many software to protect your PC from the Spanish software company Panda Security SL. A feature of this antivirus is cloud-based protection technology, which provides the location of the anti-virus databases in the Internet on the servers of the Creator of the antivirus, updated there in real time. Whereas on the users ‘ computers is only the client part of the software product. The client part is installed in a system programming interface antivirus uses minimal system resources of the computer because all the work is done locally on the user’s computer, and on remote servers Panda Security SL.
Have a client side Panda Free Antivirus nice intuitive interface with big controls. Tile modules in the main window can be moved, adjusting the interface to suit your preferences.
Panda Free Antivirus, in comparison with other participants of this review, provides perhaps the most non-standard set of modules of protection like free antivirus product. Standard modules will discover only the ability to scan to detect threats in various fields of computer (scheduler scheduled scan).
What kind of custom security plug-in? Antivirus installed with an active default function start scanning when connected to computer USB devices. And, if necessary, last, and all can be «vaccinated». In case of Panda Free Antivirus functions of USB-devices vaccination for all connecting via USB media AutoPlay will be disabled. To see in free antivirus process monitor is quite a rare phenomenon, and it can be seen, by choosing to protect your PC Panda Free Antivirus. In the monitor window processes will see a table with the running system processes that use the network. Each process will be displayed with the assigned security classification. Suspicious processes in the full report, you can block.
Panda Free Antivirus will try to help even in critical situations, when his work is done on the computer will be blocked BY malware. To do this, however, you will need to install this antivirus on another computer and create a rescue USB drive with antivirus. Or to provide such in advance.
5. Kaspersky Free
Kaspersky Free, formerly known as Kaspersky 365 is a free edition of the antivirus product from Kaspersky Lab. Free Kaspersky Free is based on the same antivirus engine as the paid products of the developer, and, accordingly, the same as the last, is effective in protecting from threats. However, the free use of antivirus there are limits, and they are temporary. Free license is activated at the time of installation and is valid for only one year.
Have Kaspersky Free optimal list of modules to protect your computer normal average user. Such harmony of functionality – a rarity for free products, because get and full-fledged anti-virus scanner with the task scheduler, and real-time protection and web protection, and mail check, and even monitoring the system for installed programs-messenger for the presence of malicious links in incoming messages.
As for paid solutions and free edition, Kaspersky Free can count on the solution to the well-known problems active absorption by Kaspersky Lab products of computer system resources. In the antivirus settings in addition to preset options for the assignment of resources at Windows startup, can activate more and the function returns the priority of usage of computer resources to other programmes for their needs in the process of operation of the system.
6. 360 Total Security
360 Total Security is a free, functional software package to protect your computer and improve its performance with antivirus module on Board from the Chinese software company Qihoo. It will see many functions, some of which are in other assemblies security software are available only in the paid versions, and part and is provided in a separate software. This, in particular, the regime «Sandbox» (Sandbox, virtual environment for stand-alone executables), the functions of cleaning and system optimization, compression, disk space, protect browser settings, and even control the system with Windows updates. If necessary, you can activate third-party free firewall GlassWire, and also use Connect 360, in which computer security can be controlled through mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.
Namudrili developers and antivirus module. Engines antivirus 360 Total Security as many as five pieces, however, two of them — the famous antivirus engines Avira and BitDefender is initially inactive and can be activated by the user. What are the three engine, the active preset? One of them is a cloud – based scanner 360 Cloud, the other is the engine to fix problems in the operating system, the third is designed to provide real-time protection.
To the standard set in the form of real-time protection, scan your computer and web protection if you want you can add extensions to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Yandex.The browser prevents web threats.
Interface 360 Total Security, you can’t every day to decorate in different themes. The program is undemanding to system resources of the computer.
7. Comodo Internet Security
Comodo Internet Security – it does not require special presentation software product from the American developer of Comodo Group Inc. Like previous reviewer, Comodo Internet Security is a rare free software with advanced features. But, unlike the 360 Total Security, Comodo product the whole functionality is provided, so to speak, on the case. Comodo Internet Security works to protect your computer from threats and not cleans and optimizes your system. On Board you will find the plug-in with real-time protection, web protection and set of areas to scan (including the scheduler) and the so-called reputational scan. The latter is a cloud-based test malware commonly affected areas of the computer receiving a safety rating of files scanned.
Comodo Internet Security also includes a firewall, a Sandbox (Sandbox) and a unique function, which is one of the antiviruses that are involved in this review (as, indeed, and in many other security software) is a virtual desktop. A virtual desktop is isolated the type of «Sandbox», where you can visit any Internet sites and run questionable applications. In tablet mode the virtual desktop and the ability to work with web applications on the type of Chrome OS. List of pre-installed web applications, you can refill any other Google Chrome.
But they are not with Google Chrome directly, but rather it «tuned» clone browser Adware essentially the same with Chrome, but with pre-installed extensions for secure web surfing from Comodo. The browser Adware is installed by default with Comodo Internet Security.
The interface of Comodo Internet Security is simple and intuitive only superficially. If you wish to dig into the settings, find inconvenient to their organization. Yes, and the abundance of different options, many did not immediately understand what was happening. Comodo Internet Security – the product is flexible and customizable, so much so that you’re set up its own export-import to reinstalled programs.
Installing Comodo Internet Security you can experiment on weak PC and laptops. It’s not the most lightweight product of all of the above, but it will be easier than Avira Free Antivirus and AVG Free.