I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – when it comes to internet security products you typically get what you pay for.
Having used many paid-for antivirus and other programs I am certain that the non-free versions tend to be better in terms of both effectiveness and usability.
That does not mean, however, that free antivirus programs do not have their place – for some users, especially casual internet users, they may be all that is required.
Over the next few weeks I shall be looking at what I believe to be the top 10 free antivirus programs of 2010.
The 10 antivirus programs I have chosen will be appear in no particular order.
First up then is…
PC TOOLS Antivirus Free Edition
PC TOOLS Antivirus Free Edition offers the typical level of protection that you would expect from a free security program such as –
- Protection from viruses, worms and trojans
- Real-time protection
- Regular updates
If you wish to try PC TOOLS Antivirus Free Edition then you need a quick 33.6MB download to get started.
Setting up the product takes a little longer – about 3 minutes in my case – as the program searches for the latest updates during the installation process which is, of course, not a bad thing.
Once the installation process completed the program then launched itself into an instant scan of my system.
As it began I went to make myself a coffee only to be disturbed by a loud buzzing noise coming from my laptop which turned out to be due to the fact that the program had discovered something – 2 threats and 33 infections.
What PC TOOLS antivirus had found was nothing more sinister than tracking cookies though.
Sure, I didn’t want them on my laptop but, even so, I thought the buzzing was a little overkill!!
Nonetheless, the program worked effectively which is all I was hoping for.
PC TOOLS Antivirus Free is suitable for the following platforms –
- Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later)
- Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 or later) 32-bit and 64-bit
- Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit
As you may imagine, the free edition is light on additional features and does seem rather keen to promote the fully paid version which does offer far more functionality.
Read about the other contenders for the top 10 free antivirus programs 2010.