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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


GeekBytes: The Beer-Dispensing Lego Machine (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

What's better than an automated beer dispenser made from Lego? How about a robotic glove for use in space? Find all this and more in today's installment of GeekBytes.


GeekBytes: Here Come the Cyborg Snails (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

What's weirder, cyborg snails that spy on you or a Justin Bieber Lego set? That's just a couple of the bits of awesome (or not-so-awesome) in today's installment of GeekBytes.


GeekBytes: A Dino-Eat-Dino-Eat-Dino World (And Other Things We Didn't Cover)

Scientists find perhaps the strangest fossil ever, and that's just one of the many bits of awesome floating around the Web in today's installment of GeekBytes.


The New iPad, Mobile World Congress Recap, and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on PCWorld Podcast #133

The third-generation iPad with Retina display is here, plus we wrap up the cool announces at Mobile World and talk about life with Microsoft's downloadable Windows 8 Consumer Preview.