Avast! Free Antivirus Alternatives for Windows

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 Defender iconWindows 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: 7/31/2019 8:28:00 AM

Alternatives to Avast! Free Antivirus for Windows with any license

  • VirusTotal

    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. Applications for Windows, Mac and Android are also available to upload files to VirusTotal service. Both VirusTotal and Rotarua Limited are owned by Google.

    Free Mac Windows Web Android

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  • Clam AntiVirus

    Clam AntiVirus 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. ClamAVis also available for Windows as the result of a partnership between Immunet Corporation (http://www.immunet .

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Windows Defender

    Windows Defender is built into Windows to help guard your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software in real time. Windows Defender features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against malware when it's detected, minimizes interruptions, and helps you stay productive.

    • It's free, has no ads and works very well! It is almost invisible and doesn't bother my work. christobApr 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Aug 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No advertisement Not a scareware Guest • Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Kaspersky AntiVirus

    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). Kaspersky Free is the free version of the software with its essential features: file, email and web antivirus, automatic updates, self-defense, quarantine, and so on. Kaspersky Free is also lighter on system resources and quicker than the other versions.

    Freemium Windows

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  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus

    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. ANTIVIRUS AND ANTISPYWARE Antivirus and Antispyware provide proactive protection against all types of online and offline threats, and prevent malware from spreading. SURF THE WEB WITH CONFIDENCE Your identity can't be more personal and more important.

    Commercial Windows Linux

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  • AVG AntiVirus

    AVG AntiVirus Free provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection for home users. Virus database updated every day. Includes innovative LinkScanner for web-protection. Real-time protection, automatic updates, low-impact background scanning for on-line threats, and instant quarantining or removal of infected files ensures maximum protection. Every interaction between your computer and the Internet is monitored, so nothing can get onto your system without your knowledge

    • Reliable. It has kept me out of trouble for nearly 15 years. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree

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  • Bitdefender Antivirus

    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. This antivirus is made to be as simple as possible so you won’t find any more setting options other than a few buttons to enable or disable the virus shield and auto scan.

    • light,noninvasive, reliable, free Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Bitdefender is quiet and powerful. has no advertisements and less false positives than most antiviruses offered in the same rank. yaronlaviAug 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Android Tablet

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  • 360 Total Security

    360 Total Security offers your PC complete protection from Viruses, Trojans and other emerging threats. Whether you are shopping online, downloading files or chatting with your friends you can be sure that 360 Total Security is there to keep you safe and your computer optimized. Clean-up utility is just one click away to keep your PC in optimal condition.

    • works v. good but one and only con is it is heavy Guest • Feb 2019 Disagree   Agree

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  • ClamWin

    [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. High detection rates for viruses and spyware; 32.4 MB download. It features: High detection rates for viruses and spyware; Scanning Scheduler; Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • HitmanPro

    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. It does not offer a real-time component (aka shield, guard) and will upload suspicious files to the cloud for scanning.

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  • Panda Dome

    Panda Antivirus protects you while you work, play, or browse online. Antivirus Protection Real-time protection against all types of malware and spyware. Schedule periodic scans and/or scan your computer on demand. USB protection Protect your PC by preventing the automatic execution of malware from USB drives. Scan all USB drives upon insertion. Panda rescue kit Free PC recovery system.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Android

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  • COMODO Antivirus

    Comodo Antivirus eliminates viruses, spyware, and other malware from desktops and networks. Obliterate viruses and malware without hogging your PCs resources: Detects, blocks, and destroys viruses, immediate feedback on suspicious files, protects with On Access scanning, schedule your scans, daily automatic updates. It is also available on Android with the name Comodo Mobile Security

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

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  • Avast! Internet Security

    Avast! Internet Security - the best choise: Active internet users need greater protection for themselves as they shop and bank on-line. To secure against threats from infected web sites and the growing risk of identity theft, avast Internet security provides you with continuous protection from its layers of antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit protection, firewall and antispam.

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  • Simple Software Restriction Policy

    Simple Software Restriction Policy is a security add-on for Microsoft Windows, published by IWR Consultancy. Its purpose is to make it considerably harder for unwanted or potentially harmful software to get itself launched on the computer.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Clam Sentinel

    Clam Sentinel is a system tray application that detects file system changes and scans modified files using ClamWin . It also detects new devices (like USB flash drive) and monitors them until the program is closed or until the device is disconnected.

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.22, released in July 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Dr.Web Anti-virus

    Dr.Web Anti-virus is an efficient tool for constant monitoring of system health that blocks attempts of viruses, Trojans, mail worms, spyware and other malicious programs to get into a protected system from any external source. Dr.Web is very user-friendly, has low system requirements and can be installed on any PC. Protection of account information related to online games, social networks, electronic money systems, credit card numbers and PIN codes.

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  • Avast! Pro Antivirus

    Avast! Pro Antivirus - better protection during web surfing. Full-featured antivirus software. Better than our free antivirus, especially for web surfing, but without the firewall and antispam included in avast! Internet Security. Also if you wish to customize your security, this is the recommended software.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

    The Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus provides a fast cloud-based virus protection for both PCs and Macs. This lightweight product has an outgoing Firewall integrated and can be run next to another AV or another Firewall.

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  • kicom

    KicomAV is an open source (GPL v2) antivirus engine designed for detecting malware and disinfecting it. In fact, Since 1995, it has been written in C/C++ and it was integrated into the ViRobot engine of HAURI, 1998. I decided to re-create a new KicomAV. So, this is developed in Python. Anyone can participate in the development easily.

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  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus

    McAfee Antivirus Plus protects your computer against viruses, malware, spyware, and other online threats. McAfee anti virus software includes virus scan, spyware removal, and firewall protection. Complete Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, and Anti-malware Relentless security software scans and blocks dangerous emails, risky web content, and online threats like viruses, Trojans, spyware, and rootkits. Real-time Safeguards Cybercriminals are masters of disguise.

    Commercial Windows

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