Free Antivirus Software


With the largely growing number and rampant spread of trojans, malware, spyware and other computer viruses, it’s very important to always have an updated antivirus software installed on your computer. Some people take it for granted or don’t install it because they can’t afford Norton or McAfee. What most people don’t know is there are a lot of free antivirus software available for free and work as well or even better than most of the commercial antivirus software.

I’ve made a compilation of available free antivirus software or programs that you can install and use to protect your computers. Among the antivirus software listed below, the ones I’ve tried and used are AVG Free Edition and Avast! Home Edition (currently installed on my laptops).

DISCLAIMER: This list is intended to provide users with alternative free antivirus software. I’m not endorsing these products and I haven’t tried all of them. INSTALL AT YOUR OWN RISK.

A-Squared Free – scans your computer for malicious software (Malware), including Trojan Horses, Dialers, Worms, Spyware, and Adware. A-squared Free is specialized in finding and removing them securely. The disk scan checks all files on your system disks for Malware. The scanner scans for Spyware Traces. Currently more than 1.2 million different types of Malware may be detected and removed.Free daily online updates provides the best protection.
Platform: Windows
Homepage / Download

Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus – is a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected. Avira AntiVir Personal is a comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users, for personal use only, and is not for business or commercial use.
Platform: Windows, UNIX
Notes: Nagware*, home use only
Homepage / Download

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition – is a well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product! Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).
Platform: Windows, Linux
Notes: Nagware*, Registerware*
Homepage / Download

avast! Home Edition – is a complete ICSA & Checkmark certified antivirus, Checkmark certified anti-spyware & anti-rootkit package. Avast includes the following components: On demand scanner with skinnable simple interface, just select what do you want to scan in which way and press the Play button; On access scanner, special providers to protect the most of available e-mail clients; Instant messaging–ICQ, Miranda; Network traffic–intrusion detection, lightweight firewall; P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent; Web shield–monitors and filters all HTTP traffic; NNTP scanner–scans all Usenet Newsgroup traffic and all operations with files on PC; Boot time scanner–scans disks in the same way and in the same time as Windows CHKDSK does.
Platform: Windows, Linux
Notes: Registerware*, home use only
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BitDefender Free Edition – designed with a centralized management console, which allows protection options configuration for all BitDefender modules. It is enough to open the management console in order to have access to all modules: Virus Scan, Scheduler, Live! Update, Quarantine, Reports. On demand scanning – Powerful scan engines ensure detection and removal of all viruses in the wild every time you need it. You can schedule the checking of your system at any time, periodically, without any other intervention. With just a right click you can check your files and folders. Automatic and manual update are available. Intelligent update of antivirus protection, without your intervention. The update can be done from the network over the Internet, directly or through a Proxy Server. There are over 90,000 Virus Definitions.
Platform: Windows

Notes: No on-access real-time scanner
Homepage / Download

ClamAV – is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates. The core of the package is an anti-virus engine available in a form of shared library.
Platform: UNIX
Homepage / Download

ClamWin – is a free, open source antivirus software for Microsoft Windows. It provides a graphical user interface to the ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus) engine.
Platform: Windows
Notes: No on-access real-time scanner
Homepage / Download

Comodo AntiVirus – is a comprehensive, freeware virus scanning, detection and removal application for Windows 2000 and XP with an exceptionally easy-to-follow user interface. It supports real-time monitoring, user-defined scanning tasks, on-demand scanning, email scanning with certification (inbound and outbound), suspect file submission, scheduling and automated updates. Although a very new application, it includes an extensive definition database which is updated very frequently (typically updated daily.)
Platform: Windows
Homepage / Download

DriveSentry – free next generation protection for your system/data. DriveSentry takes a new approach to traditional security software providing unobtrusive, zero-day protection from the latest threats. DriveSentry uses whitelisting technology, combined with one of the largest blacklists of known viruses and realtime program advice from DriveSentry Advisor Community to provide up-to-the-second protection where traditional security software fails. Version 3.1.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, and bug fixes.
Platform: Windows
Homepage / Download

Graugon AntiVirus is a spyware, adware and virus scanner and remover. With an up-to-date virus database, Graugon AntiVirus is able to search for and remove all viruses and malware on your computer. Graugon AntiVirus will neatly list all malware detected on your system and remove them with ease. With the removal of all malware from your computer Graugon AntiVirus is therefore able to boost system performance and efficiency.
Platform: Windows
Homepage / Download

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – is an anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware. It includes a number of features, including a built in protection monitor that blocks malicious processes before they even start.
Platform: Windows
Notes: free on-demand scanner; one-time fee for real-time protection
Homepage / Download

PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition – protects you against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal details. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading viruses, worms and Trojans can result in infections within minutes. Once infected, the virus will usually attempt to spread itself to your friends, family and associates by accessing your e-mail contacts and networked PCs. The infection may also allow hackers to access files on your PC, use it to launch attacks against other computers and Websites or to send mass spam email. That’s why PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition provides protection, with rapid database updates, IntelliGuard real-time file, Internet & e-mail protection and comprehensive system scanning to ensure your system remains safe and virus free. Version 5 features new improved scan engine, smaller memory footprint, and much improved system performance.
Platform: Windows
Homepage / Download

Rising Antivirus – protects your computer(s) against all types of viruses, spywares, trojans, worms, rootkits, and other malicious programs. With it’s ease of use, Active Defense technology, Patented Unknown Virus Scan&Clean technology and Patented Smart update technology make Rising Antivirus your ‘install-and-forget’ product that lets you focus on what you really want to do. Key features: proactive defense technology, patented scanning technology for unknown viruses, patented fully automatic smart update, smart virtual machine with behavior and packing pattern recognition, application protection, self protection, application access control, program startup control, malicious behavior detection, hidden process detection, computer security check, security tool integration platform.
Platform: Windows
Homepage / Download

If you know of any other free antivirus software or program that’s not on the list, please share it with us so it can be added it to the list.

*Nagware is a type of shareware that reminds (or nags) the user to register it by paying a fee.
*Registerware requires the user to give personal information through registration in order to download or use the program.

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19 Comments

  1. alex

    January 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    I use AVG for the most part. It’s never let me down so far. Been hearing good things about bitdefender too. Thanks.

  2. rijans

    January 12, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    Now I am using Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus. Getting a great experience with it.

  3. rijans

    January 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    I always like free antiviruses. But we need to careful how much our anti-virus will protect us. As free anti-virus I recommend AVG, Avira and BitDefender. Anyway this is a nice share.

  4. dario23alzate

    November 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    good post I love freebies Appreciate it. :) however I’m currently using ZenOK Free Antivirus and thats the best antivirus software I have ever used before.

  5. Michael

    June 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    i think free antivirus can’t protect you thoroughly, purchased antivirus can protect you more. But I also use free antivirus(nod32), thanks for this post.

  6. JP Habaradas

    February 27, 2009 at 12:35 AM

    @elmot – I used AVG on my computers for 5 years then recently switched to Avast. Both are good, but I found out that Avast does a better job than AVG. I haven’t tried Kapersky so I can’t really say anything about it.

  7. elmot

    February 27, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    i use avg jayps for my pc, avid fan of it. but our office uses kaspersky. what is your take on kaspersky?

    elmots last blog post..EDSA People Power Buried into Ashes

  8. JP Habaradas

    February 27, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    @jan – If you plan to have a contest or giveaway on your blog and have a limited budget, you can offer something that you don’t have to buy like a blog review or an advertising spot. If you’re good with graphic design, you can offer a custom blog header/banner as a prize. Just use your imagination and apply it with the skills and resources that you have.

    You can also try asking other bloggers if they’re willing to donate a prize for your contest. Don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll be surprised that some big time bloggers are very accommodating and are willing to help.

  9. jan

    February 27, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Since you asked for a suggestion – here goes: Is there such a thing as freebies that one can give away for blog contests? You know, the small stuff, not too pricey, but memorable items. If there are freebies available for blog authors who want to rack up readership numbers. We have no budget to shell out for these monthly contest – that’s why.

    jans last blog post..Little Known Way to Overcome the Fear of Blogging

  10. JP Habaradas

    February 6, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    @fruity – You think so? Hehe just kidding. Thanks for the compliment! I did take time to write this post and make sure that it provided the right information to the viewer/reader.

    Aside from that, I think some people are just not well informed about the dangers online and about the importance of having antivirus/antispyware software.

    I used to have the ZoneAlarm free edition and last time I tried installing it on Vista, it didn’t work well. I got the BSOD and when I did a research I found out that ZoneAlarm had issues with Vista. Dunno if they fixed that already. Anyways, I’m very happy with Comodo Firewall. It does the job well and its 100% free. :D

  11. fruity

    February 6, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Informative and well written. It’s amazing how so many people out there don’t realize the necessity and value of of anti-virus/spyware software.

    I use ZoneAlarm Suite which is not free, but I’m quite happy with it.

    fruitys last blog post..Smashing Pumpkins Today: Cookies, Cheesecake Pie, Donut, Ice Cream, Muffin, Pancakes, Soup, Tea

  12. JP Habaradas

    February 6, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    @Raju – Glad to know that you liked it and thanks for the stumble. Appreciate it. :)

  13. Raju

    February 6, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Simply superb!! stumbled :D

    Rajus last blog post..5 Ways to Watch Gossip Girl Season 2 Online for FREE!!

  14. JP Habaradas

    February 5, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    @elmot – Thanks! Yup, that’s true and I’ve seen it among family and friends and I try to “englighten” them with the importance of having an antivirus and keeping it updated.

    You use AVG? Cool! I used that for a long time before recently switching to Avast!. I think Avast! Home Edition does a better job, especially if you use it together with Comodo Firewall. :D

  15. elmot

    February 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    great post jayps! indeed many people have been quite lax on using anti-virus software kasi expensive nga, but good thing you have listed those free stuffs for our use.

    im using avg…

    elmots last blog post..Secretary of D.O.N.E

  16. JP Habaradas

    February 5, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    @jan – Thank you! I’d appreciate that. Yes, people love freebies. :)

    Btw, I have other lists of free stuff. You can check it out at the Freeware category on the top menu. If you have any ideas or suggestions for other free stuff let me know so I can create a list.

  17. jan

    February 5, 2009 at 4:22 AM

    Hey, this is a good resource list. I’d bookmark these for our customers on our small pc store. You know, how Filipinos are, we love freebies. It’s not as if we’re always short on cash – look at Lotto outlets, stash away a similar amount of your online bets and you’d have a tidy sum in a couple of months. But then again, the love for freebies I suspect is a universal thing. :)

    jans last blog post..The Man Behind The Blog

  18. JP Habaradas

    February 4, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    @iRonnie – I’ve started using Avast for only a few months as I was a loyal AVG user for the last 7-8 years. The reason why I switched is because I found out that AVG doesn’t catch some of the trojans or viruses which Avast does very well.

    Yes, I received your message and I just sent my reply before posting this comment. :)

  19. iRonnie

    February 4, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    im also currently using avast and im satisfied with it’s performance. btw, i hope you received the message i dropped in your contact page. :D

    iRonnies last blog post..The Sufficiency of God’s Grace

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