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Top 5 free antivirus of 2016

5 Best Free Antivirus for Windows 7, 8 & 10 in 2016

A good anti-virus software stops you from unknowingly downloading viruses or opening unsafe files. That’s why it is essential to have an anti-virus software installed on your windows computer with latest updates.

An antivirus is a tool aimed very specifically at detecting attempts to exploit, vulnerabilities in the operating system or applications. However, Microsoft provides an inbuilt malware protection called Windows defender which work well in detecting and removing different kinds of virus and malware but such virus, malware and adware are getting smarter and becomes undetectable by Windows defender, that’s why we need a dedicated antivirus software to protect our computer from all such kind of threats. A good antivirus program should definitely have the ability to root out existing malware, but also, its task is to prevent any nasty programs from getting in. The best part is when we get these services free of cost.

Features of a good antivirus:

  • To simply start with, every antivirus product scans files on access to make sure malware can’t launch, and also scans the entire system on demand, or on a schedule you set.
  • Blocking all access to malware-hosting URLs is a nice way to avoid trouble. Many products extend that protection to also steer users away from fraudulent websites, phishing sites that try to steal login credentials. A few rate links in search results, flagging any dangerous ones.
  • Behavior-based detection, a feature of some antivirus products, is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it can detect malware that’s never been seen before. On the other hand, if it’s not done right, it can baffle the user with messages about perfectly legitimate programs.
  • Other useful bonus features include preventing USB-based malware attacks, scanning for router weaknesses, and cleaning up traces of browsing history.

Now lets see top 5 antivirus for windows in 2016

1) Avast free antivirus

Avast is a popular choice of millions of people, whenever it comes to a free antivirus program avast comes in the mind first, it is easy to install and a straightforward interface makes it easy to use, whenever you install it for the first time it does perform a quick  scan which should identify any potential threats into your PC, avast is a lightweight antivirus which has minimal impact on your system performance. Independent testing by AV-Test has found the program to be a good all-rounder, and it was one of AV-Comparative’s Products of 2012. Avast Free has some useful extras too. A Software Updater alerts you to program updates you’ve missed, for instance, while its Browser Cleanup tool provides a simple way to remove unwanted add-ons from your browsers. You can perform on-demand scanning of complete PC or selected drive including external storage devices like USB flash drive, SD cards etc. It also provides a boot time scanner which helps you to find and delete any kind of boot sector virus.

2) Avira free antivirus 2016

Avira is another leading antivirus company which offers complete protection from viruses, malware, trojan, worms spyware and rootkits. According to AV-TEST, Avira offers the strongest protection against both widespread and zero-day malware. However, computers with less RAM might see a performance impact. However, Avira Free Antivirus’ sheer effectiveness and a good range of features including a mobile portal and child-safety settings make it one of the best choice. The user interface of Avira is not that simple and clean like avast or AVG, it has the bunch of control and setting options which give you more control on the antivirus but you may not get familiar easily. However, it does take less time to complete the scanning compared to other free antiviruses, and if you are having less than 2 Gigs of RAM you might notice a little performance drop during the scan process.

3)  Malwarebytes Anti-malware free 2016

There are hundreds of new threats are being spread every day sometimes these threats skips through your main antivirus and get into your PC, to deal with such threat here comes Malwarebytes’ antimalware which is technically not an antivirus software itself, it is a second opinion to antivirus programs, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is an excellent complement to any antivirus program. The software has a laser-like focus on eliminating tricky zero-day malware from your PC. The Chameleon feature, which disguises the software so malicious programs can’t find it, it is worth mentioning. We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free for every PC user. Although, it has a very simple interface but may take more time to detect and delete malware and other PC threats, the 2016 version of antimalware has an attractive interface along with added features which protect you from known and unknown malware.

4)  Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Bitdefender’s antivirus engine makes it one of the best free antivirus around, and a favorite of the independent testing labs, the free version of Bitdefender is engineered to enable computer performance to the maximum. The program is ultra-compact, downloading and installing takes less than a minute. A very basic interface then provides effective on-demand and automatic scanning, real-time antivirus and anti-phishing protection. It doesn’t slow down your PC, computers having less RAM can easily use it without any performance drop. There are very few manual controls here, no settings, no options, no scan types, no scheduling, nothing at all, perhaps an issue if you like to fine-tune your security. But if you prefer simplicity then Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is an excellent choice.

5)  Panda Free Antivirus 2016

Like Avast, Panda scored top marks for virus protection in AV-Test’s report. Its interface is pretty but not as user-friendly as that of Avast. It also has a nice feature called USB Vaccine – this prevents virus attacks that occur when you plug in an infected USB drive. Panda free is an “install and forget” antivirus, once it gets installed on your windows computer it automatically performs Url & web filtering with behavioral analysis protection. Panda is a cloud based antivirus engine which protects while you do all the tasks and you even won’t notice any performance lag, all these features makes it another best free antivirus around.

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  1. Thanks. This post was really helpful


  2. The best way to protect your computer is either by purchasing or by downloading a free antiviral software. Updates will be needed in order to catch the latest virus and spyware so the software will update automatically. mcafee customer service

  3. Good ranking, and I completely agree with author's opinion that Avast is really the best antivirus on the market right now. I have used Avast for 2 years and still dont have even single problem with it. If you dont know where u can get this app, u can do it here on this reliable service that always provides me only the latest versions of all soft.