We get giddy when we hear the word ‘free’. Who wouldn’t want a giveaway, especially when it is something you need?

Malware and computer viruses roam around the cyber world like pests that don’t go away. Many unsuspecting users become victims of these worms; crawling into their systems, accessing private data and destroys them. Securing yourself with anti-virus software can prevent viruses from attacking your system.

There are many companies that produce anti-virus that promises to keep your system safe and free of all the dangers of the World Wide Web. Some of them are paid, some of them are, yes, free.

The Pros of Using Free Anti-Virus Software

free-antivirus-softwareMany of us use our internet for personal reasons; gaming, browsing, home works or online shopping. Still, we would want our computers to be ‘healthy’. Most of the malware make your system slow and corrupts our data. The biggest advantage of getting a free anti-virus is, obviously, the price. Just download, install and you’re protected! getting a free anti-virus is, obviously, the price. Just download, install and you’re protected!


Here are 6 big companies and their share on protecting your system.

avg_antivirusAVG provides a link scanner, social networking protection and includes a “Do Not Track” on your browser. A heads-up for probable infection.

Avira has a very good protection rates and email spam filter.

Avast scans even before malwares can launch and its ‘scriptshield’ blocks malicious scripts.

Kaspersky has a good firewall and a top-notch phishing protection.

McAfee doesn’t have too many annoying pop-ups on their free version and has an accurate spam filter.

Norton has excellent exploit blocking and firewall. It has accurate anti-spam and blocks phishing.

Free anti-virus gives you the advantage of assessing the product if you are considering buying a pro-version of it.

The Cons of Using Free Anti-Virus Software

Companies giving free software will not spoon-feed you. They are more likely to give software which has limited options and capabilities. Paid packages are more comprehensive when it comes to offering protection. Kaspersky-Anti-Virus1Some free anti-virus will not be able to do an in-depth scan on your system or they may be missing features which the paid versions are offering. Some free packages might not have recovery tools or anti-spyware.

Other downloadable free versions are trial versions of a paid package. Users can, however, use it but for a limited time.  Other free anti-viruses may also bug you with pop-ups and advertisements.

Mostly, we use the product that will suit our needs. If you run an e-commerce business or if you are using your system in an organization, it will be advisable to use the paid version. It can give you maximum protection; securing that all your files and data are not prone to web infection. On the other hand, trying out free versions of these anti-viruses is good enough for people uses the internet for personal use.

A useful note, never install two or more anti-virus at the same time. It will not give double protection, it will freeze up your computer instead.


Free software craze has hit the information technology world in the recent past especially due to the fact that companies have revolutionalized the way they offer their services. My name is Georgina. I am a software engineer by profession. I have been in the field for the past ten years, and I have seen it all as far as the provision of software is concerned. It is not business as usual in the technology. Time is gone when software used to be sold.

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