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Anti-Virus Apps

Though many say that “the best anti-virus is common sense,” that can’t always protect from an accidental late night popup click or other similar circumstances. Mistakes happen. For those moments, the peace of mind that anti-virus software such as Avast or Avira can provide by responding quickly to any potential virus, trojan, or other malicious software may very well be worth it, especially to those that are not the most tech literate in your life. This page can help you make an informed decision about which anti-virus software to try.

  1. Secures your PC, files, and privacy 24/7 Real-Time Protection uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to keep you safe from online threats, even emerging threats that no one has ever seen before.
  2. VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. You can upload files up to 150 MB in size.


  3. Windows Security (known as Windows Defender Antivirus before Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Windows Defender before Windows 10 Creators Update, or Microsoft Defender Antivirus before Windows 11) is an anti-malware component of Microsoft Windows.
  4. Avast Free Antivirus a the free for non-commercial and home usage antivirus solution from AVAST Software. The program features intuitive, advanced and customizable scanning methods along with other modules dedicated to computer safety.
  5. Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways.
  6. Avira Free Antivirus offers basic protection for your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, spy-ware, trojans and costly dialers. Premium version includes MailGuard (POP3 and SMTP) and WebGuard for safe surfing.
  7. Kaspersky AntiVirus offers protection from a range of IT threats and provides the basic tools needed to keep your PC secure. Premium features include: Parental Control, Online Payment Protection and Secure Connection (VPN).
  8. ESET NOD32 Antivirus is an innovative host-based intrusion prevention system that offers a comprehensive scanning solution. Most importantly, it will not slow down your PC, it's easy to use, and easy to install.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    ClamTk is a graphical front-end for ClamAV, an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats. It is designed to be an easy-to-use, lightweight, on-demand antivirus scanner for Linux systems.
  9. [Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.] ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code.
  10. AVG AntiVirus Free provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection for home users. Virus database updated every day. Includes innovative LinkScanner for web-protection.
  11. Comodo Internet Security is a free, very voluminous and multi-layered security application that keeps hackers out and personal information in. If you prefer a smaller solution with Antivirus Protection only see COMODO Antivirus.

    Bundleware

    The app installs other components by default such as Dragon Web Browser. You must click "Options" during install to deselect those components.

  12. Hybrid-Analysis.com is a free malware analysis service powered by payload-security.com. Using this service you can submit files for in-depth behavior analysis.
  13. HitmanPro (formerly Hitman Pro) is an on-demand malware scanner and removal tool. It will usually do a full-system scan significantly faster than other (traditional) solutions due to its cloud-based scan technique.
  14. Immunet FREE Antivirus is the lightest anti-virus application, providing the fast protection against new viruses, because it protects through the cloud using the ClamAV engine. Install/Hardisk-Filesize: 5/10 MB.