Avira Free Antivirus has held the top spot in our roundup of the best free Windows antivirus software for two years running, for good reason. It provides all-round protection for any device, giving you total peace of mind.
There are also versions for Mac, iOS and Android. We know, we know, Macs don’t usually get viruses, but Avira’s OS X version doesn’t just scan for viruses; it can ensure that your Mac doesn’t pass on any Windows nasties, which is a handy thing in a mixed-operating system environment. It’s also pretty good at finding and removing malware and adware.
Why you need it
It’s a jungle out there. In fact, it’s worse than a jungle, because when was the last time a monkey swung down from a tree to slow down your PC to a crawl and carry out ID fraud? Exactly. There’s no shortage of free security tools out there but Avira impresses with its simple interface, robust protection and the refreshing lack of notifications about every single thing that happens on your computer
Avira Free Antivirus can block advertising networks tracking your online activity, it connects to cloud-based early warning services, and it can spot unwanted applications lurking within legitimate software. There’s even a price checker to try and save you cash, if you want it.
The newly released 2017 edition includes boosted protection from malware, plus a tool for scanning external storage for threats before they can be transferred to your main drive. All in all, an excellent package.