Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]

Movers Shakers   Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]Every week, as part of our Movers and Shakers column, we take one software category and list the top ten most downloaded apps. This week, we’re looking at security applications. These are the apps that can be carried on a USB thumb drive and can be used on pretty much any computer.

  1. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
  2. 1avg   Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]Weighing in at first place, raking in 2,583,548 downloads this week is AVG’s free anti-virus application. A great free anti virus program that we have seen many times on MakeUseOf.com including our Top 15 Must-Have Windows Applications. It has had 268,048,933 total downloads! It was also our readers choice in our poll here.

  3. Avast Free Antivirus
  4. 2avast   Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]This comes in second place with over 1 million downloads this week and over 79 million downloads since its release. Avast is a great AV solution and one I use personally. Avast came in second place to AVG in our poll.

  5. Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus
  6. 3aviria   Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]Another anti-virus application that I have used personally on some slower machines.

  7. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  8. 4malware   Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]This one is my go-to application for spyware and virus removal when nothing else can do the trick. I always keep MalwareBytes on my flash drive – don’t you? It was covered on MakeUseOf here.

  9. Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware
  10. 5adaware   Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps [Movers & Shakers]I used to use Ad-Aware back in the day for spyware removal before my antivirus application knew what that was. Apparently it has come a long way since 2004. With over 350 million downloads, the users can’t be wrong!

  11. IObit Security 360
  12. An application I have never personally used but it did make it into our 15 Must-Have PC Applications.

  13. Spybot – Search & Destroy
  14. Good old Spybot S&D. I couldn’t have made it out of 2005 without you! Not quite as popular as Ad-Aware but another Must-Have application.

  15. ZoneAlarm
  16. The best free firewall application on the market. Protect yourself from unauthorized access by applications or people. ZoneAlarm came in 3rd place in our What Firewall Do You Use poll.

  17. Hotspot Shield
  18. This is a tool to help maintain your anonymity on unknown or unsafe wireless networks. It encrypts your web traffic by using their service. It is ad-supported meaning you will see their ads on top of every web page and there is also a 5GB limit per month. I have not personally used this but with almost 3 million downloads since last year maybe they are on to something. In the past we recommended the app as a tool to watch Hulu movies from abroad but I think it no longer works for that.

  19. A Squared Free
  20. This is a utility for scanning for and removing malware from your computer. You can run four types of scans. They are Quick, Smart, Custom and Deep scans. The deep scan took over 6 hours to run on my machine and it is pretty reliable in detection. It seems it is pretty slow when updating the application and sometimes even requires a restart. It is able to quarantine items and then allow you to rescan them against a new definition file. With over 2 million downloads in about a month, it seems to be growing in popularity exponentially.

Check out this post on 7 Essential Security Downloads That You Must Have Installed and this post on The 10 Best Firefox Security and Privacy Add-ons.

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Kay

I started using Avast, however I worry about using it now. As they brought out their newest version, I started getting pop ups about the new program. I don’t like it when there are pop ups and I have always stayed away from any program that gives me pop ups. I would sure appreciate your input!

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Aibek

Well, I am using the free version of the Avira and about once every two days it shows me a popup advertising the pro (commercial) version. I really like th Avira so closing the popup once in a while is not an issue for me. I guess that’s a fair price for using a decent antivirus for free.

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Sanjay

I love AVG and have a paid version on my home PC. However, my office laptop is much slower (T 2050, 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 bit windows 7). I installed AVG free version on it and it became too slow, even getting stuck periodically.

Any idea why it might have happened and which antivirus from the above list would be the best.

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Aibek

I would suggest trying Avira (it has a free version too).

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pceasies

I use Avira and it seems to work well. Haven’t had any noticeable problems and performance hasn’t taken a hit. It has one popup everyday when it updates, but that doesn’t really bother me.

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Kay

I just installed it about 4 hours ago, I liked the additional items it checks for. I don’t mind a pop-up telling me it d/l new signatures. I do mind large screen-filling pop-ups from my anti-virus client advertising their newest version and asking me to buy it. “Before March 1st for a savings of…” That turned it into adware IMHO. No way am I going to have that.

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Punchy

Not to be a MS fanboy, but why is Microsoft Security Essentials not on this list.

Based on how well it initially performed on my laptop, I have now uninstalled AVG on all of my systems and switched.

Quick updates, fast scans, great detection rates and it’s free with out annoying popups or upsells.

I couple that with a through online safety scan over at Live One Care, followed by a Malwarebytes scan and I have been trouble free ever since.

Punchy

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Aibek

I love MS Security Essentials as well, very solid security program.

The reason it wasn’t listed because we have compiled the list based on download stats from download.com which obviously not able to track download stats on Microsoft’s website.

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Chris4

In that case I’d suggest using an alternative, because basing “Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps” just on download.com isn’t fair. Haw about a poll? :)

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Aibek

I love MS Security Essentials as well, very solid security program.

The reason it wasn’t listed because we have compiled the list based on download stats from download.com which obviously not able to track download stats on Microsoft’s website.

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Chris4

In that case I’d suggest using an alternative, because basing “Top 10 Most Downloaded Security Apps” just on download.com isn’t fair. Haw about a poll? :)

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Digian

Avira is the best free antivirus as per none. If you want proof google for AV comparitives there are a couple of indepentant websites online and it really blows away the competition. For those of you using AVG I strongly suggest you get rid of it, that program is useless as of about 2007 it stopped finding the really hard to track viruses. Cheers