This is the 2nd time in the last 2 years that my laptop was affected with some trojan which corrupted my entire hard-disk and made it practically un-usable. All I could do was replace my laptop with a brand new one or remove my 500GB hard drive and put in a new one. All this crap…thanks to some freak who loved to hack systems and get personal information and of course mis-using the same. I have atleast made it a point not to save my bank account numbers, passwords, personal contact details and stuff on any of my browsers or apps, and that gave me a sigh of relief.
Late last year, I had written an article on “How To Shop Online With Added Security” for Carolyn’s WonderOfTech which recieved quite good responses from her readers with many interesting thoughts on how to be safe and shop online with no hassles and worries as to the credibility of the website.
To take this a step further, I would now like to list down the Top 5 Anti Virus software products that are available free of cost, now who wouldnt like to get something free huh!!!! So let us dive in and see what we can come up with:
1. Microsoft Security Essentials 2012 – As the name suggests, this is purely designed for PC and Windows operated computer systems and has been rated the Top 1 in 2011 and 2012 as well. The features that takes this product to the #1 position is the ease of use, ease of updates, security features, light-weighted and doesn’t take up much of your CPU memory usage.
Most importantly, you can download this for free from the MicroSoft website, the only requirement is that you are running a Genuine Windows operating System. How to check this….just Click Here to test your system.
BitDefender has been around for a while, but of late, it has gained much popularity and credibility as an effective Anti Virus tool for PCs and MAC against trojans ,viruses and all types of malware threats. It also has released newer versions of anti-spamming tools for your smartphones and mobile devices.
3. AVG Free Anti Virus 2012
AVG is one of the top ranked and highly recommended Anti Virus tools with positive reviews from CNET and PC World. It is known for its powerful anti virus and malware protection behind the screens, being light on your system and security against identity thefts. It comes with a free version of the software which is capable of protecting your home network to maximum extent. Try it free and you will not be disappointed.
4. Malwarebytes Anti Malware Full & Free Download 2012
Malwarebytes has been the less known of all these free anti malware tools available, but lately it is known to have upgraded for better protection for all operating systems. This is one tool I always have in addition to my anti virus software (which is AVG currently). This gives additional protection against any malware attacks on your PC via the internet at the system root level problems and threats.
5. Avira Free Anti Virus 2012
Avira is ranked one of the top 5 anti virus softwares available out there and is available free for use. Though the premium version costs a reasonable amount, you can try a trial-free option for 30days for your satisfaction before purchase.
It has some useful features like Scans every file you access, Eliminates viruses and spywares and also stops you from landing on harmful sites. The premium version has some additional features like file backups and monitoring your children’s online activity.
Over to You!!! Which is the anti virus protection that helps you be safe online and lets you blog without any hiccups? Do you have a home network where you have multiple laptops and desktops hooked on which needs more protection? How did you achieve that? Do you also monitor your kid’s online activities through any software tools, why don’t you share it here with all others? I would personally love to hear more from you on this subject. Do not forget to leave your comments down under…