If your PC or mobile device is unprotected, it becomes the target for DDoS attacks, virus attacks and malware, so it is a must to install good antivirus software.

Thankfully, there are many efficient free solutions that can keep your device safe. Going without protection for your PC is no longer an option. Even if you don’t care much about your PC, if you leave it unprotected it could enable crooks to force your system into participating in DDoS attacks. The greatest advantage of free antivirus software is that you are not locked into one and can always make a switch if you are not satisfied.

360 Internet Security 2013

The software offers a clean user interface in warm pastels and is an effective solution. All the basic antivirus functions are offered. The installation is quick even if your system is infested with malware. It is very popular in China though not very well known in the United States. The main focus is on three buttons performing a customized scan. Though the interface is uncluttered, it offers plenty of information with statistics related to quarantine, when the engine is updating and so on. You can also turn on or off the security components.

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11

It also has a very pleasing user interface. The scanner is able to quarantine any malware as they occur, rather than waiting till the end of the scan. A remote malware remedy is also available for free if you want it. All controls provide details of the features that are available including what it implements.

Avast! Free Antivirus 2014

This antivirus software has a very streamlined interface and very good features. The program currently has more than 200 million users from all over the world. It offers several options for cleaning up of malware. You can install it and scan your computer in the Safe Mode. It has been around long enough to reach the 25-year milestone. The user interface has received a complete makeover as part of the silver jubilee celebrations. The main window of the program shows the status and offers the main features, with an additional option to add your own feature or swap features. Avast performs very well against malware attacks, without offering false positives and blocking valid programs as malicious.

AVG Antivirus Free 2014

AVG Antivirus offers great protection against malware with secure search, Facebook view and Do Not Track features, and a lot more. It also comes with a secure shred for deleting files. It might be a little difficult to install on a system that is infested malware, but once it has been installed, it does a good cleanup job. You also get the option for launching their full security program on a 30-day free trial basis. You can also upgrade to activate some of the features of the full suite. It is easy to access different components, such as computer or web browsing protection as well as other solutions. Users can launch the performance fixing scanning program, which is a onetime scan or install a tune up solution as an alternative. It also offers links to mobile applications, from the same company, in the More from AVG page, which need to be purchased separately.

Avira Free Antivirus 2014

It offers a very effective malware-blocking program with a toolbar that can flag dangerous sites and block tracking cookies. However, there is no tech support available for the program; so if it accidentally causes some collateral damage, there’s not much you can do about it. The free version is lacking in some of the features that are offered in the paid version, so free users are not entitled to tech support.

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