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Considering the way people are vouching over the internet for their data and personal information, it has become quite important to download an antivirus software in the system. For those who are not aware of its importance, it is one such program that senses, blocks and eradicates viruses from the computer.

Since the majority of work is being done on the online, it is not a big deal for a computer to get infected by malware the moment it is connected to the internet. And then, debunking the myths of protection, stats show that every single day, thousands of malware are being created. In such a situation, it becomes important to get the antivirus downloaded and keep the important data safeguarded.

The usual misconception that people are living with is that to get an antivirus, they would have to loosen their pockets. However, if you don’t want to spend a penny, don’t worry. Here are some top free antivirus programs of the year that you can utilize.

Avast Free Antivirus

Standing tall at the first position of this list is Avast Free Antivirus software. Because of its amazing amalgamation of inbuilt features and test results, this software has been preferred by a majority of people. Along with providing excellent protection from malware and phishing, Avast even offers password manager, protected web browser, and more. Its smart scan searches help you to detect concealed malware, unrequired add-ons, performance issues, and network threats.

Pros:

  • Network security inspector
  • Positive lab test results
  • Password manager
  • Excellent hands-on test
  • Several other features

Cons:

  • Limited access to a password manager
  • Bad phishing score
  • An additional purchase for extra features

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

In the free edition of Bitdefender, you can simply get the basic anti-malware components of the paid version. However, in the free edition, you get a better interface. Although you cannot anticipate advanced features in the free edition of this program, as available in the paid version, still you can expect an outstanding performance. Owing to its superior performance, Bitdefender has earner top scores in the individual lab testing. For basic security from the malware and virus, the free version is safe; however, if you need password manager and other features, you would have to take its paid version.

Pros:

  • Competency to work in the background
  • No requirement of configuration settings
  • Great phishing protection
  • Amazing results in independent lab tests
  • Safe for blocking & removing malware

Cons:

  • Strenuous installation on the system already attacked by malware
  • Less features for advanced users
  • No scheduling for scans
  • No quick report of scan

Kaspersky Free Antivirus

Another one on the list is Kaspersky free edition. Although the program lags behind when it comes to extra features in the free version, in comparison with other programs, still, it boasts about amazing scores in the test labs. In the free version, the interface displays all the icons as available in the paid version, however, you can only access Database Update and Scan. For other additional features, such as Privacy Protection, Safe Money, Protection for All Devices, and Parental Control, you would have to take away money from your pocket. But, even in the free version, you can still get a warning of unsafe websites, phishing protection, and real-time security. It’s great to go with the free version, right?

Pros:

  • The precise and dependable engine for antivirus
  • Easily configurable

Cons:

  • Basic features
  • Restricted technical support

Sophos Home Free Antivirus Word

Coming from the kitty of a pioneer in the business security, Sophos Home is another amazing antivirus program. Just like their business products, this program offers several protection features, including remote security management for three Macs and PCs. This simply allows you to install this antivirus system on someone else’s system and can manage security remotely. Although it provides great protection from phishing and blocking of malicious URL, it still went a bit off-track during PC Mag’s hands-on test for malware protection.

Pros:

  • Clean & simple interface
  • Authoritative remote management & monitoring system
  • Protects Mac & Windows
  • Blocks malicious URLs

Cons:

  • The poor score in hands-on malware test
  • Requires UAC confirmation upon opening the interface every time
  • No scheduling for scans
  • The online configuration of settings

AVG Antivirus Free

Undoubtedly, AVG Antivirus has been performing to its best since years. In the independent tests, this program has got the highest score for malware blocking. The program leads in providing superior quality of results when it comes to blocking unwanted browser add-ons, searching hidden malware, and making PC performance issues better. Not just that, but in its free version, you can even get File Shredder to delete files. If a file is found to be dangerous, AVG analysis it deeply and finds a cure for it.

Pros:

  • Good scoring in independent testing labs
  • A good score of malware blocking
  • Appropriate web security
  • Easy configuration

Cons:

  • The bad score in a test of anti-phishing
  • The slow speed of initial scans
  • Ads come in the paid version

Avira Free Antivirus

In the PC Mag’s test of malware blocking, Avira Antivirus has bagged a great score. Upon installing this antivirus, you also get an opportunity to install other types of tools as well, such as Connect to launch ad handle other products from Avira. However, there are some negative sides that come with Avira antivirus. To begin with, its Browser Safety tool only works with Firefox and Chrome. And secondly, its real-time and on-demand scans are quite slow as compared to other programs. Despite that, for an accurate detection of malware, this Avira Antivirus is worth a try.

Pros:

  • Excellent score from lab test
  • Superbly detects malicious URL
  • Blocks and tracks URL

Cons:

  • Features not available for users of Internet Explorer
  • Full scanning takes a lot of time
  • Poor results for anti-phishing test

360 Total Security

Coming from the basket of a Chinese developer – Qihu 360 Software, this 360 Total Security program provides basic security, such as anti-ransomware, filtering of the malicious website, antivirus, and more. Installation of 360 Total Security is simple and quick. Along with providing you utmost protection, it even adds features like cleanup, system tune-up, and more. While the antivirus protection of this program is quite average, the add-on bonus features that come in the free version try to make up for its overall performance.

Pros:

  • Good ratings in lab tests
  • Amazing anti-phishing
  • Safe testing

Cons:

  • Behavior-based detection
  • No full protection for the default configuration
  • The extra number of unnecessary ads

Panda Free Antivirus  

Panda Free Antivirus can be considered for several good reasons. To begin with, it has got an amazing interface. Light in weight, it also has a good speed. Apart from the basic protection, it also provides vaccination for any USB that you would plug into your system. Although it has got improved phishing, however, when it comes to scanning & blocking malware, this software performs less than the expectation. It doesn’t have a decent detection score as well.

Pros:

  • USB vaccination
  • Process monitor
  • Rescue Disk for emergencies
  • Good rates for malware detection & protection

Cons:

  • Low score of phishing protection
  • Impacts system resources

Adaware Antivirus Free  

This software from the brand Adaware provides a new look but does not have any boast-worthy features as compared to other free versions. This program has not been created to provide protection against suspicious URLs. Not just that, but it has even got mixed marks in the independent testing. Although it does not have a lot of features to offer, still, its free services may result in a worthwhile experience. If you want, you can give it a try once.

Pros:

  • Decent lab test score for antivirus
  • Protects browser settings
  • Inbuilt help center
  • Notification killing during gaming mode
  • Can be installed along with other tools of protection

Cons:

  • Doesn’t protect from phishing
  • Less features in the free version
  • Imperfect blocking of malware & virus
  • No email protection
  • Showing of unsupported features in the interface

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus  

Last but not the least, ZoneAlarm is a combination of anti-virus and firewall that has its antivirus engine associated with Kaspersky. Upon launching the installer, the program downloads antivirus signatures as well as latest codes. Like several other programs, its free version is also for personal use. However, if you want it to use for business or want to have tech support, then you would have to pay for it. It provides protection against port scans as well as attacks based on the web. Not just that, but it also helps in managing the internet and network permission for all the network-aware programs.

Pros:

  • Licensed antivirus from Kaspersky
  • Attack resistance by firewall component
  • Online backup of 5GB
  • Identity protection
  • Credit monitoring

Cons:

  • Lack some advanced features of Kaspersky
  • No protection against phishing
  • Suspicious behavior detection
  • The slow process of installation
  • Slows down Windows

Author Bio: Amy Bros is the Technical Editor of sysprobs.com. Bros have a passion for helping people to solve all their problems related to technology from last 9 years. She worked as a freelance Network Engineer previously.