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by on Dec.29, 2010, under News

Free Antivirus

The old adage, “you get what you pay for,” doesn’t really apply in this case.  Antivirus has been a booming industry with companies offering a multitude of services.  People often associate the word free with something bad. These free antivirus programs help keep your PC secure just as good, if not better, than the expensive retail programs.  Below are some reviews from CNET about the top three free antivirus programs available for download on your PC. If you purchased a new desktop or laptop recently, this is a must read!

Avast Free Antivirus

In the tripartite competition between the most popular free antivirus software, Avast Free Antivirus has arguably gotten the least attention outside of Europe, but we expect that to change. Avast’s recent independent third-party testing has been notably solid, able to hold its own against better-known programs from Symantec and Microsoft.

Avast doesn’t skimp on the protection it offers, either. It guards your PC with multiple shields that scan files and the network connection. It comes built with a robust set of tools, including antivirus, antispyware, antirootkit, heuristic-based detection, and shields for P2P transfers, instant messaging, network traffic, and the Web. You can select parameters for scanning, choose wild cards to exclude specific file types, and block certain URLs and file operations, such as writing to files or even renaming, deleting, or formatting them. You can adjust the sensitivity level for the program’s detectors. The clean new layout won’t seem unusual to new users, but old fans will note that this is a dramatic change from the unhelpful previous design. With immediate real-time protection, clockwork updates, and much more, this free software is highly regarded.

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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011

Although AVG has flagged a little in the past few years, AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 breathes some new life into one of the most popular security programs around with a shorter install, better usability, and faster scans.

The suite continues to offer an excellent if not perfect level of security as it faces more intense competition from other free and paid security suite makers. Fans of AVG will definitely want to upgrade, and new users should consider it if they’re looking for an effective freeware solution with solid link-evaluating features.

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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Despite still lacking some of the deeper customization heft that other free antivirus solutions have, most glaringly a scheduler, the program is not necessarily a bad choice for a stripped-down antivirus.

It has added a full on-demand scan, and it runs at around 15MB of RAM when idle and around 60MB when scanning. It’s a great choice for resource-conscious Netbook users. Panda Cloud Antivirus makes a decent, reasonable security choice for anybody looking to effectively balance security and system performance.

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Reviews provided by CNET

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