Many people do not realize the importance of anti-virus software and do not think it is necessary to have it installed on their computer systems. The truth is that viruses and spyware software is everywhere and can be transferred from PC to PC through USB drives and the internet. However, there are certain anti-virus suites which are not up to the mark and instead of protecting the user’s PC from viruses, consumes system resources. Below is list from which you can choose your next anti-virus.
10. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free 2
This is one of the best free antivirus suites because it offers protections from almost all kinds of viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware. The stuff that consumes system resources is done somewhere else in the online world and your PC’s memory is not hogged by this software.
9. Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft is quite young in the antivirus business but that is by no means a weak point for Security Essentials. The user interface is quite simple for new users to get used to and protection is offered from all kinds of threats.
8. Kingsoft Antivirus 2012
This is a cloud-based antivirus software and it is known for keeping a sharp eye out from all files that originate from other stations on the internet including instant messaging.
7. Immunet FREE Antivirus 3
This is another cloud-based utility that protects you from bots, macros, viruses and keyloggers. Keyloggers are particularly dangerous as they record all the keys you press including credit card numbers and passwords.
6. Comodo Antivirus 6
Just like most of the other entries on this list, this program protects you from harmful threats like malware, spyware and other viruses that are bent on consuming your system resources grinding your computer to a halt.
5. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
Bitdefender is one of the more popular antivirus suites out here on the internet. Not only is it really easy to setup and use, but it also consumes very little system resources and gives you protection from different threats. You can even upgrade to a paid premium version of the program to gain access to more advanced features.
4. Avira Free AntiVirus 2013
Hackers and the scum of the internet are working day and night to develop viruses that spreads to the maximum number of people. This requires Antivirus developers to be efficient and constantly release updates to counter the latest viruses. Avira does this on a regular basis.
3. AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013
You get loads of features in AVG for a cost of minimal system resources. Email scanner, link scanner, scheduled scans and automatic updating are some of the features that you would enjoy if you install the free version of AVG.
2. Avast! Free Antivirus 8
You are likely to find this program on just about any list about the best antivirus suites. This is because of its support of all the recent operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
1. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10
This feature-studded antivirus program is very popular, mostly because of the many customizable options that you are exposed to including automatic installation of updates and “game” mode support.