Don't-Miss Antivirus software Stories

Ad-Aware Plus Adds Features Above The Free Version--But Is It Better?

This for-pay version of the popular antispyware program Ad-Aware includes antivirus protection.

Alwil Avast Antivirus Home Edition Free Antivirus Software

Avast Antivirus Home Edition provides solid antimalware protection and a good set of features, but its outdated interface needs a makeover.

Comodo Internet Security Free Antivirus Software

Comodo Internet Security is not a good antivirus choice, owing to its lackluster malware detection and its tendency to produce false positives.

Microsoft Security Essentials (Beta) Free Antivirus Software

An effective but somewhat slow utility, Microsoft Security Essentials will be a solid contender when it comes out of beta around the end of 2009.

AVG 8.5 Free Antivirus Software

Though AVG 8.5 Free has a good, straightforward interface and useful blocking of Web-based attacks, its malware blocking is below average.

Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software?

Lots of companies offer software that’s supposed to stop worms, viruses, and other malware for free. We tested nine such security programs to find the ones you can really depend on.

Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus Software

Avira AntiVir Personal offers great, thorough protection and top-notch scan speed, but some nontechies might find its interface frustrating.

Clamwin Free Antivirus Software

This open-source antivirus software fails to get the job done, with disappointing malware detection and no real-time scanning.

PC Tools Threatfire 4.5 Free Antivirus Software

PC Tools' free behavior-based antivirus utility serves as a great supplement to your existing security software.

Panda Cloud Antivirus (Beta) Free Software

Panda Cloud Antivirus provides great protection in an easy-to-use application, but it's still too deep in development to recommend.

PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition Software

PC Tools Antivirus, which neglects to detect spyware, allows far too many pieces of malware through for it to realistically protect any PC.

PC Tools Antivirus Free

PC Tools AntiVirus provides world-leading protection against viruses, worms and Trojans with rapid updates and IntelliGuard technology.

ClamWin Free Antivirus

This open-source antivirus software fails to get the job done, with disappointing malware detection and no real-time scanning.