Is your system riddled with viruses? Your antivirus program out of date?
Need a decent – but free – security program for a loved one who doesn't see the point in paying for protection?
No one wants malware on their PCs, so antivirus and antimalware scanners are a must, but a quality scanner need not cost the earth. In fact, there are a number of free solutions out there that will help keep your digital empire safe.
Here are six top-quality scanners that will help you clean up systems and keep them safe in the future. There are tools here for systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
A product with a heritage going back over a quarter of a century, avast! is used by more than 220 million people.
The free tool comes with:
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free, easy to use security tool that helps guard against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It provides real-time protection and updates in the background automatically.
It's a no-nag, no hassle solution for anyone running Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Rootkits can be hard to detect, but aswMBR from avast! Uses a number of clever tricks, including virtualization technology, to root out and remove TDL4/3, MBRoot (Sinowal), Whistler and other rootkits.
Don't be fooled by the command line interface of this tool – it's a powerful and very effective anti-rootkit tool.
Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) is a set of powerful security tools designed to help users identify and remove malware and unsafe processes from Windows computers. Designed as a portable application, the software requires no installation and can be run directly from removable media such as a USB key.
Looking for an industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more, for free? Look no further!
The free version features:
Think there's nothing that Bitdefender can bring to the table that isn't covered by one of the alternatives? What about: