Cybersecurity is no joke and all manner of malicious software is out there to get you, so take a look at CBR’s list of the best free antivirus software.
Bitdefender antivirus is something of an all-rounder when it comes to cyber security, not only does this well trusted software track down and eliminate any malicious attackers, it can also boast one of the best anti-phishing score of just about any of its competitors. In addition to this Avira also comes with a whole host of extra features including a password manager, secure browser options, and a file shredder for sensitive documents.
The password manager is a handy addition, as most people tend to rely on the same variations of one password for all of their profiles, which is a very bad habit by the way. However, the auto fill forms for much of the passwords can prove to be a bit inaccurate meaning you’ll most likely end up just having to remember your passwords anyway. Just don’t write them down.
That said, as well as being one of the best antivirus option available, every other option afforded by this jack of all trades works to perfection. If you can manage with a sometimes unreliable, but nonetheless secure, password manager then look no further than Bitdefender.
Avast antivirus is AVG’s other half, Avast acquire AVG in 2016 for $1.3 billion but rather than merge the products they have been kept as two separate entities, a move that has been well received by customers. In independent lab tests Avast free tested better than most premium antivirus solutions, particularly with regard to blocking malware.
Similar to Bitdefender, Avast comes with a vast array of bonus security tools so you can tweak and tinker with the system to develop the ideal security solution for your needs. Whilst Avast does scan faster than most of the other options on this list it also has a problem with its password manager, which has fairly limited features. Similarly, it also scored fairly low in anti-phishing tests.
Avast, is one of the gold standards of home internet security and you could certainly do worse. If phishing and password management are your primary concerns, you may want to try an alternative, but for everyone else Avast is a solid solution for your security needs.
5. Windows Defender
Windows Defender antivirus is Microsoft’s proprietary antivirus solution. The software comes packaged with both Windows 8 and Windows 10, but unlike a lot of built in software Windows Defender is a very competent security tool. One of the biggest advantages of using Defender is that, unlike other solutions on this list, its more than capable of dealing with phishing scams, standing head and shoulders above the competition.
However, the primary aim of antivirus software is to prevent viruses and unfortunately Windows Defender tested below average for both malware blocking and malicious URL blocking. Something that’s not really ideal for your primary defence solution.
Windows Defender may not be quite the solitary bastion it could be, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth using. The anti-phishing tech on offer is some of the best in the business and if used to augment your security, working in tandem with a more effective malware solution, then Windows Defender will make a great addition to your security protocols.