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Free Anti-Virus Software Article Author : Ian
Date : 10-03-2008
 

Avast Anti-Virus

This anti-virus requires registration to obtain the free version, and provides detection rates comparable to AVG (slightly behind Avira in recent tests). It also provides e-mail, P2P and IM scanning, plus other more advanced features such as active webpage scanning. The interface is simple and easy to understand, creating a product placed between Avira and AVG in terms of the effectiveness/simplicity balance. If you use an older system (below Windows XP), then Avast is going to be the best choice – as older OSes are still supported, and the application is light enough to run on older hardware. You can even skin the interface if you wish, with some great free designs available.

Download Avast Anti-Virus from : http://www.avast.com/


Avast Anti-Virus Screenshot

Conclusion

Ultimately, the choice of anti-virus software depends on the balance of simplicity to use, detection effectiveness and the system resources consumed. Each of the 3 main AV solutions outlined in this article are good choices, however they will each be suited to a different type of user. More technical users will probably prefer AntiVir, for ease of use choose AVG and for a combination of the two try Avast.

There is no harm in trying them all, but do be sure to only have one installed at any particular time so they don’t interfere with each other. Anti-Virus protection isn’t the only system security software you should be using, anti-spyware and possibly additional firewall software are recommended for maximum coverage (which will be outlined in a follow up article).


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