Top 3 Free Virus Scanners

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If you have a computer running Windows, without doubt, you need a good virus scanner. How about a good and free virus scanner? If you’re like me, nothing rings better than free, so without further delay…

The Top 3 Free Virus Scanners

3. Clam AntiVirus – http://www.clamav.net and http://w32.clamav.net/
An open source anti virus software that is mainly for Unix installations. Unfortunately they are no longer updating this for Windows so it’s not recommended. You can still get the updated virus definition files and scan with them and protect your computer. This is still a great virus scanner and its source code is available under the GPLv2. No warranty is made either explicitly or implicitly for its use, for further details please refer to the GPL.

 

2. AVG – http://free.avg.com/
AVG provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. Limited features, no support, for private and non-commercial use only. That means if you plan to use it for anything but your personal computer that you do not conduct business on you must pay for it. Some notable facts about AVG are:

  • The most downloaded software on CNET’s Download.com
  • Quality proven by 80 million users
  • Easy to download, install and use
  • Protection against viruses and spyware
  • Compatible with Windows Vista and Windows XP
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    1. Avast – Bounceweb’s Pick! – http://www.avast.com or http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
    Avast is comparable with a lot of the big names in antivirus, such as McAfee, or Norton. Feature by feature Avast matches up, up to date virus definitions, it takes very little system resources so it won’t bog down your computer, it scans your system files, e-mails, and even compressed files. PCWorld chose it over AVG for the best free virus scanner in 2007!  Some of the features include:

    • Anti-spyware built-in
    • Web Shield
    • Anti-rootkit built-in
    • Automatic updates
    • Strong self-protection
    • Virus Chest
    • Antivirus kernel System integration
    • Simple User Interface
    • Integrated Virus Cleaner
    • Resident protection Support for 64-bit Windows
    • P2P and IM Shields
    • Internationalization
    • Network Shield  

    Now what are you waiting for? Stop paying for your antivirus software! Get a free one that does the same thing for free!

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