Top 5 Antivirus for Windows

3. Outpost Security Suite

What impresses me about Outpost Security Suite is how comprehensive it is in terms of features offered. And while there is a Pro version of the software, it isn’t that much better (it has identity theftprotection). The Free version isn’t otherwise crippled or limited. It’s the real deal.How to Get Your Identity Stolen in One Easy Step How to Get Your Identity Stolen in One Easy StepWould you feel comfortable if a stranger got hold of your hard drive? Most people think deleting files is safe. The bad guys know better. We show you how your privacy can be compromised.READ MORE

The anti-virus feature ranks better than most free alternatives, both in terms of detection rates and performance speed. The real-time protection keeps you safe from files, photos, videos, and emails (which is aided by the mail scanning feature). It even comes with its own configurable firewall.

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Outpost Security Suite also has something called Auto-Learn Mode, which isn’t as useful as it sounds. Best to keep it off, but beware that you may be inundated with notifications whenever you want to install or run programs. Learn more in our review of Outpost Security Suite.Secure Your PC with Outpost Security Suite Pro Secure Your PC with Outpost Security Suite ProThere’s nothing more important than our PC’s security. This week, we are giving away 25 licenses for Outpost Security Suite Pro 7.5. Read on to find out more about Outpost Security Suite and for your…READ MORE

Features at a glance:

  • Anti-virus protection with top-rate detection and speed.
  • Built-in firewall that guards against unauthorized access.
  • Proactive protection against viruses and installers.
  • Mail Scanner checks inbox and attachments for viruses.

Note: As of this writing, Outpost Security Suite is only available up to Windows 8.1. They are working on Windows 10 compatibility, but it’s not yet known when a compatible release will arrive.

4. Comodo Internet Security

As a company, Comodo is deeply invested in the security world. Internet security software makes up a good chunk of their offerings, but they also have their hands in PC maintenance, DNS hosting, SSL certificates, data backups, and even secured versions of both Firefox and Chrome.

These guys are security experts who have been around for more than just a few years, so you can rest assured that their products are worthwhile and that they won’t disappear overnight without you knowing.

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Comodo Internet Security is pretty darn good for free software. It can eliminate existing malware infections (including spyware, rootkits, and even zombies that make you complicit in botnet attacks), has sandboxing capabilities, and a memory firewall that guards against buffer overflow attacks.Is Your PC A Zombie? And What’s a Zombie Computer, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains] Is Your PC A Zombie? And What’s a Zombie Computer, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]Have you ever wondered where all of the Internet spam comes from? You probably receive hundreds of spam-filtered junk emails every day. Does that mean there are hundreds and thousands of people out there, sitting…READ MORE

It’s not the fastest or most resource-friendly security suite, but it gets the job done and does it well. The interface could use some improvements, but compared to what it looked like years ago, it has certainly come a long way.

Features at a glance:

  • Anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit protection.
  • Memory firewall for buffer overflow attack protection.
  • Run programs and files in a protected sandbox environment.
  • Filters dangerous websites and untrusted software publishers.
  • Game Mode suppresses operations while gaming.

5. Panda Free Antivirus

Panda Free Antivirus is an up-and-coming solution (relatively speaking) that’s gaining a lot of attention and traction. Silly name aside, it nails the trifecta of security software: light on resources, easy to learn and use, and effective at keeping your system secure.

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Panda Free Antivirus is as simple as they come. It was designed with the phrase “install and forget” in mind, with few settings to fiddle with. It stays out of the way, making it great for those who aren’t tech-savvy. If you want a simple solution that’s better than Windows Defender, this is it.

Compared to their premium products, Panda Free Antivirus might seem a bit limited — no online shopping protection, no data backups, no file encryption, no system optimizations — but what it does do, it does well, and that’s real-time protection against malware and spyware.

Features at a glance:

  • Anti-malware, anti-spyware, and external device protection.
  • Up-to-date malware definitions using a cloud database.
  • Internet protection through URL/Web filtering and analysis.
  • Advertisement popups asking to upgrade every once in a while.

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