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 Microsoft Defender iconMicrosoft Defender is enough to get the job done and ensure that no damage comes to your hardware or software from malicious code.

    The list of alternatives was last updated Mar 30, 2021

    • Avira Free Antivirus offers basic protection for your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, spy-ware, trojans and costly dialers. View 78 alternatives to Avira Antivirus
      Almost everyone thinks Avira Antivirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Avira Antivirus vs Avast Free Antivirus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Avira is the best performing vendor in core malware protection
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      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 1 year ago

      ymx Great usability, great security and a trustful German company.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

    • Well established and trusted anti-malware solution to help protect against viruses, scams and privacy invasion. View 68 alternatives to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Kindle Fire


    • 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. View 35 alternatives to VirusTotal
      Most users think VirusTotal is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
    • Microsoft Defender is built into Windows to help guard your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software in real time. View 109 alternatives to Microsoft Defender
      Most users think Microsoft Defender is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Microsoft Defender vs Avast Free Antivirus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      No advertisement Not a scareware
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      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 5 months ago

      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 2 years ago

      christob It's free, has no ads and works very well! It is almost invisible and doesn't bother my work.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

    • Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. View 97 alternatives to Clam AntiVirus
      Almost everyone thinks Clam AntiVirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
    • Kaspersky AntiVirus offers protection from a range of IT threats and provides the basic tools needed to keep your PC secure. View 82 alternatives to Kaspersky AntiVirus
      Almost everyone thinks Kaspersky AntiVirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Kaspersky AntiVirus vs Avast Free Antivirus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      doesn't include scaring users when closing ads
      Positive comment 8 months ago

    • Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. View 59 alternatives to Spybot - Search & Destroy
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • Windows Mobile
      • Symbian S60
      • PortableApps.com
    • ESET NOD32 Antivirus is an innovative host-based intrusion prevention system that offers a comprehensive scanning solution. View 75 alternatives to ESET NOD32 Antivirus
      Almost everyone thinks ESET NOD32 Antivirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • AVG AntiVirus Free provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection for home users. Virus database updated every day. Includes innovative LinkScanner for web-protection. View 80 alternatives to AVG AntiVirus
      Most users think AVG AntiVirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • Chrome OS
      AVG AntiVirus vs Avast Free Antivirus
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      Reliable. It has kept me out of trouble for nearly 15 years.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    • 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. View 46 alternatives to Bitdefender Antivirus
      Most users think Bitdefender Antivirus is a great alternative to Avast Free Antivirus.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Bitdefender Antivirus vs Avast Free Antivirus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 1 year ago

      light,noninvasive, reliable, free
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      yaronlavi Bitdefender is quiet and powerful. has no advertisements and less false positives than most antiviruses offered in the same rank.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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