What is the best free security software?

Tim November 21, 2011
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My 2010 Norton anti-virus package that came with my computer is up for renewal. What free software can I replace it with?

  1. Jay
    November 22, 2011 at 2:38 am
  2. FIDELIS
    November 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Hello, makeuseof has a very good selection of freeware for windows.  The software recommended below, has links in the best of windows software:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software

    For an antivirus, I would use:
    Avast
    Microsoft Security essentials

    For a firewall, I would use:
    Commodo Firewall
    Commodo Internet Security

    For antimalware, I would use:
    Malwarebytes
    Superantispyware: 

    For preventing spyware:
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

    For checking for security vulnerabilities, I would use:
    Secunia (either online scanner or desktop edition):
    http://secunia.com/

  3. Mjevolve
    November 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    hello tim .

    well , there is no thing like the Best . 
    with a huge number of options available in many of the software products , 
    it comes to what suits your taste and requirements . 

    if i were to put my options for a free AV product , 
    try these and see what suits your needs ---
     
    >Avast ( very good detection and protection rates , light and some good extra features which are seen in many paid ones. )
    >Microsoft Security Essentials ( good detection and light .)
    >Avira ( a good one . )
    >Comodo ( its new but quite good and a bit for a little more experienced user .)

    and there are many more free options , but if i were to lay my bets out of all the ones , 
    these would be it ...

    although AVG is very popular among the free ones , 
    i would never recommend it . it never worked for me as a good product . 

    try and see ...

  4. Jeff
    November 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Check out our compilation of anti-virus software. All of them are free, I believe. 

    - Jeff