Here are 2, by my opinion, most reliable anti-viruses among free versions...
Avira has the best detection rate among all anti-virus program, its fast, doesn't slow down your computer, great for scanning files / folders / drives, reliable removal, easy to use and configure... Generally, if you are downloading a lot / torrent / p2p / web Avira is the choice for you.
Downside : even tho updates are automatic, they are slow and sluggish. It is advised to keep on checking if it really updated itself or not. Also, a nag screen with each successful update ( you can turn it off tho ).
But if you aren't as heavy downloader, then rather pick Avast!. Avast! has really advanced protection on the net ( better protection when surfing ), it will find bad scripts in malicious websites and block connection with the site. Its detection rate is worse than Avira's, if you ask me it has awfully complicated main panel and i think it generates a LOT of false positives, basically for each keygen and crack. Definitely a keeper who spent their days exploring the web tho :D
Downside : lack of script blocker ( available in Pro version ) and automatic updates every 4 hours.
Heavy downloaders : pick Avira
Heavy surfers : pick Avast!
They can be downloaded through :
♣ Don't visit porn / fraud / money scams / poker / serial key websites
♣ Install McAfee SiteAdvisor, it will warn you which sites are dangerous
♣ Always scan everything you download
♣ Don't open ANY email you don't know, it doesn't need attachment to infect you
Hope it helped.
· 1 decade ago