Free Anti-Virus For Windows 7
Free anti-virus programs for Windows 7 abound online, but if your anti-virus software has not been updated since 2009 it may have some incompatibilities with Windows 7. You should update to the latest version of your anti-virus program, at least. While you're at it, you may want to try one of these popular free anti-virus programs for Windows 7...
Five Free Windows 7 Anti-Virus Programs
It's important to have anti-virus protection to stay safe online. And fortunately, it doesn't have to be expensive, either. In fact, some of the best internet security tools are free! Here are my top 5 free antivirus programs for Windows 7 computers:
- AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is by far the most popular free anti-virus program for all editions of Windows 7. Running in background, AVG detects known malware by its signature and keeps an eye on applications' behavior to block suspicious activity. You also get real-time protection against Web infections from AVG's SmartScanner technology, which scans incoming Web traffic to block potential malware or attempts to hijack your Web browser.
- Avast! Free Antivirus provides basic anti-virus and anti-spyware protection on multiple levels. It guards you against threats attempting to enter your computer via email, Web browser, removable media, and other channels.
- Avira Free Antivirus is another Windows 7 antivirus program rated highly by users and reviewers. It operates in scan-only mode, lacking the real-time defenses of the premium edition. But it is lightweight, fast, and very good at rooting out malware infections.
- MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) offers a free edition that eliminates threats as they are reported in the wild. Its malware signature database is updated several times a day to keep ahead of the ever-mutating and new threats that appear.
- Microsoft Security Essentials compares surprisingly well to third-party anti-virus software for Windows 7 and earlier Windows versions. With MSE, Microsoft seems to finally take security seriously. This free anti-virus program scores high in tests of its ability to detect and remove threats, and it is user-friendly.
UPDATE: SEE Microsoft Security Essentials: EPIC FAIL
What's Better Than Free?
Free is good, but so is gratitude. The developers of free anti-virus software for Windows 7 (or any freeware, for that matter) should not be taken for granted; without your registration fees they may go out of business, leaving the free software landscape smaller. Most free anti-virus software developers offer prices and upgrade terms that much cheaper than purely commercial programs such as Norton Antivirus and McAfee. So when you find a free anti-virus program that is right for you, remember to "tip" the developer. Registration also provides enhanced anti-malware features, as well.
Free anti-virus programs may provide only basic, after-the-fact protection. If your computer gets infected with a virus, the free program will root it out. But registered editions actively guard your machine's vulnerable points constantly, detecting malware in email attachments, archived files, and other sneaky channels by which bad guys try to infiltrate your machine. Some of these advanced features are enabled in some free anti-virus editions, but you get all of them when you register.
Do not try to get complete anti-virus coverage by running several different free anti-virus programs at once. That slows your system down, generates conflicts between programs that can lead to false positives or system crashes, and can render some of your favorite applications inoperable.
My recommendation: Choose one good anti-virus program for real-time protection and register it to unlock all of its power.
Which free anti-virus software do you use for Windows 7? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 28 Feb 2011
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