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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1

We liked Microsoft Security Essentials' interface, but other products did a better job at blocking malware.

PC Tools AntiVirus Free 2012

In our tests, PC Tools AntiVirus Free did a decent job removing malware, but its real-world malware detection left something to be desired.

Comodo Internet Security Premium

Although Comodo Internet Security's firewall makes this freeware look tempting, its antivirus protection lagged compared to others we tested.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free's defense against zero-day exploits makes it a useful addition to your antimalware toolkit.

Avira Free Antivirus

Speed and a low rate of false positives are Avira Free Antivirus's best points.

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Cloud Antivirus did well at detecting malware infections, but had trouble cleaning them up.

Avast Free Antivirus

In our tests, Avast Free Antivirus did well at battling known malware and less impressively at recognizing new threats.

PC Tools ThreatFire Free

Best as a supplement to your existing antivirus software, ThreatFire Free excels at detecting and blocking new threats.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

Good test results in malware detection--and best-in-class at removal--bring AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition to the top.

Quasar Lets You Run iPad Apps in Windows, Not on Windows

Not a fan of how iPad apps always run in full-screen? Got a jailbroken iPad? This app might be for you.

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Free Antivirus You Can Trust

Can a free download really protect your PC? Yes, but you have to choose the right one. Our lab tests identify the most reliable no-cost security programs.

Windows 8 vs. Mountain Lion: Which OS Succeeds at Bringing Mobile to the Desktop?

Apple and Microsoft are both trying to bring mobile features to their new desktop operating systems, but their approaches differ greatly.

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TacoCopter Delivers Tacos by Quadrocopter: Is This for Real? [Updated]

Joke or legit? A new service in the San Francisco claims it will deliver (hopefully) delicious tacos to wherever you are via quadrotor helicopter.

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GeekBytes: The 8-Bit Musical (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

A musical with an 8-bit score and a Tron-themed sofa are just a couple of the tidbits we look at in this installment of GeekBytes.

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GeekBytes: The TARDIS Engagement Ring (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

What do you get when you combine TARDIS engagement ring, arcade cabinet-themed light switches, and, uh, hipsters? You get today's installment of GeekBytes.

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