Free antivirus used to be free, as in it comes with no nagware or reminders to upgrade to the full version. It was made popular by AVG Antivirus and sadly, the free by AVG is not exactly free. By free, we meant – Automatic scan and updates the database, No time limit and no trial, and No pop-ups reminders.
To truly understand the quality of free antivirus, we’ve compiled 6 of the most popular free antivirus in the market. Below is the table and results.
7 Free Antivirus Features Comparison
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|Check files are safe before you click||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Scans your downloads regardless of the file format before they have a chance to damage your PC.||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic update virus definitions||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Protected when shopping and banking||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
Which Is The Better Freeware Antivirus?
Based on the table above, I have to say AVG Free Antivirus is the worst, with no automatic updates and detection, AVG Free Antivirus is a useless antivirus. Given a choice, I have to say Microsoft Security Essential is the number 1 free antivirus followed by Ad-Aware Antivirus Free.
Why Microsoft Defender is the best among the free antivirus?
- 100% free, no trial, no time limit
- No pop-ups begging you to upgrade
- Free for commercial use
- Always up to date
The only catch is you have to buy a genuine Microsoft Windows XP, 7 or 8.
Purchasing An Antivirus? Upgrading To Full Version?
Here is a quick guide on what to look for in an antivirus. My preferred choice is Norton, but from what I heard, Kaspersky has a pretty good detection rate too.