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    Avast Free Antivirus Alternatives

    A long-time and well known antivirus solution, Avast is still many users' go-to antivirus app. However, as time has marched on, the features you get for free versus the features you pay for have changed a bit with the software.

    Though Avast has free scanning, resolution of issues using the program requires a paid upgrade. Nowadays, there are truly free alternatives to the program that will both scan and quarantine/remove malicious files.

    Antivirus software has come a long way since the days where the likes of Avast and McAfee ruled. For many, Small Windows Security iconWindows Security is enough to get the job done and ensure that no damage comes to your hardware or software from malicious code.

    This page was last updated May 19, 2022
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    Avast Free Antivirus a the free for non-commercial and home usage antivirus solution from AVAST Software.
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    1. Avira Free Antivirus offers basic protection for your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, spy-ware, trojans and costly dialers.
      Avira Antivirus vs Avast Free Antivirus opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Avira Antivirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      Avira is the best performing vendor in core malware protection
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      the new UI is very intuitive, there are not many popups that try to upsell, protection is one of the best according to recent tests
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      ymx Great usability, great security and a trustful German company.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    2. Malwarebytes Premium is smarter, faster, and lighter than ever before. Go beyond antivirus and stop worrying about online threats.


    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.
      Windows Security vs Avast Free Antivirus opinions
      Most users think Windows Security is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      No advertisement Not a scareware
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      AndrewFNAF I usually love Avast antivirus and have it on all my devices. HOWEVER, the installation is complicated and takes a lot of time, plus any update needs a PC restart. Microsoft Defender is free and part of the OS, with multiple scans. MA is better than Avast just in terms of installation, because Avast has many, many additional features that make it better.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Free, built in, up to date, and doesn't nag you every 20 seconds to upgrade to fix CRITICAL SYSTEM PROBLEMS which are just some files in your Recycling Bin and a few registry items you can fix with CCleaner.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      christob It's free, has no ads and works very well! It is almost invisible and doesn't bother my work.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    4. Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways.
      Almost everyone thinks Clam AntiVirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
    5. Kaspersky AntiVirus offers protection from a range of IT threats and provides the basic tools needed to keep your PC secure.
      Kaspersky AntiVirus vs Avast Free Antivirus opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Kaspersky AntiVirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      doesn't include scaring users when closing ads
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications.
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      AVG AntiVirus Free provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection for home users. Virus database updated every day. Includes innovative LinkScanner for web-protection.
      AVG AntiVirus vs Avast Free Antivirus opinions
      Most users think AVG AntiVirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      Reliable. It has kept me out of trouble for nearly 15 years.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    6. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks ESET NOD32 Antivirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
    7. Bitdefender comes with real time scanning that is called Virus Shield and an auto-scan mode that checks your system when the computer is idle. Game mode is fully automated and will be enabled when it detects a full screen application running.
      Bitdefender Antivirus vs Avast Free Antivirus opinions
      Most users think Bitdefender Antivirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      JackVegas It's lightweight and has a "set it and forget it" mindset. It has no ads, it's reliable, the customer support is wonderful, and has fewer false positives than the other antiviruses I've tried in the past.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      light,noninvasive, reliable, free
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      yaronlavi Bitdefender is quiet and powerful. has no advertisements and less false positives than most antiviruses offered in the same rank.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    8. AdwCleaner is an easy-to-use OS security utility that allows you to get rid of adware on your computer in seconds, by quickly scanning the system.
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