Best free Anti-virus

The best free Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware programs

…but don’t just take my word for it
Which Security Suite for Windows Provides Sustained Protection?

Currently the best Free AV are;

Avast  (Avast can break website validation)
AVG   –  Privacy Warning 
Qihoo 360 Total Security Essentials 
(Qihoo combines Avira and Bitdefender engines with its own. Disable the Qihoo engine for better performance.)

Once you find an AV you trust, and also find easy to use, you should consider upgrading to the full version.
This will usually add important extra features such as a better firewall and email scanning.


AV-Comparatives – September 2017 – August 2017

VB100 – The latest RAP averages quadrant

Use these easy to understand independent charts to choose your main anti-malware program

!!! Stay away from MicroSoft Security Essentials /Defender, Norton (Symantec) and  McAfee, even if they are free !!!
…even if they pay you !
Norton from Symantec is sometimes good and sometimes total rubbish. It is not worth trusting something unreliable and inconsistent.

Q: What is Microsoft’s Baseline Protection ?
A: It is the “out of the box” protection you get with Windows 7 and newer, which come with MSE / Defender pre-installed.


Worth installing as a secondary Anti-Virus (because the free version does not run in the background).
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Use it if you think your main AV missed something, or if your main AV is broken.

Another useful “second opinion” program is “HitmanPro

There are a few cloud-based (remote) options that use multiple engines.
Herd Protect uses over 60 AV engines, but I cannot vouch for it, as it has never completed a scan for me.



Andoid owners are constantly under threat of exploits, so it is wise to install some extra security



10 free AV packages
Avira are now beta testing a version for Macintosh



As Linux can transport viruses for other OSs it is wise to think about AV scanning in Linux


Virus/Malware and Hacking visualisation

Where is the hacking and viri most popular, and where is it directed ?
Check these world maps

Wordfence WordPress Security Plugin (UK Cyber-crimes)

Ageing techno-hippy armed with a radio show and not afraid to use it.

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