You’ve undoubtedly heard this advice before - every Windows PC needs a virus checker.
How else can you safeguard your computer (and your important personal data) against the threats posed by hackers and dangerous malware? However careful you are when you browse the Internet or install new files, a virus checker is always the best way to protect your system.
Of course, the cost of a McAfee or Norton subscription often puts people off from using a full-blown virus checker. Until that is, you come to the realisation that there are capable alternatives available that will do the job for free.
Avast! Free Antivirus is a complete virus scanner for your computer, which guards data access as well as analysing your mail traffic for potential dangers. Avast! has been around for 25 years and they protect more than 200 million PCs, Macs and mobiles. The software is also easy to use, making it an ideal anti virus product for beginners.
The real-time protection includes a few modules that prevents infections: monitoring of emails, protection for sharing tools, messenger scanner and alerts service.
Version 9 of the free antivirus package also includes an updated layout and runs under Windows 8. In addition, the sandbox and browser protection have been improved. The virus database is constantly being updated via streaming and the tool also checks your PC for other old software and offers relevant updates.
Like it? This free version offers some solid features but if you crave more protection then you can step up to avast! Internet security, which adds a SafeZone feature (for protecting financial transactions), a firewall against hacker attacks, and anti-phishing protection against trickster spam emails.
The avast! Premier option is a step higher still, offering even more protection, specifically an automatic software updater, AccessAnywhere functionality to let you access your PC via the Internet, plus a military-grade data shredder, which helps you to safely and securely wipe your media storage devices clean.
Verdict: For a virus scanner avast! Free Antivirus offers an exceptionally good rate for spy and adware recognition and comes with some neat extra features.