Many top antivirus programs have free versions that are as effective as their paid counterparts in stopping malware. Most antivirus programs offer an entry-level, low-end version with limited features. A mid-range program includes additional security tools, while the most expensive programs come with all the bells and bells.
The free version of AVG Antivirus provides excellent security against malware as well as a low impact on the system. AVG Antivirus is free and includes several other useful tools, including junk file cleanup, RAM optimization and Wi-Fi network scanners. It’s also ad-free and doesn’t nag to upgrade to premium features.
Microsoft Defender is the default antivirus software that comes with Windows systems. While it isn’t the best at stopping malware files from downloading on your PC, its free version offers a lot of other tools like health and performance analysis, as well as parental controls that aren’t available in paid versions of other antivirus programs.
Bitdefender’s antivirus suites are among the most well-known available and its free edition of its program is as effective as its paid versions. It is free of ads, has no limits on the number of devices it will scan, and comes with a comprehensive range of anti-theft tools, which include the ability to locate and lock or wipe the stolen Android device.
Sophos Home Free is ideal for people who need to manage antivirus protection on the computer of a family member that doesn’t live in the same household with them. It scores very well for malware detection but it scores lower for Phishing.