Which Is The Best Free Anti-Virus? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you if you think smartphones are getting too big for their own good. Despite the lack of consensus in the poll’s results, it seems like the majority of voters think smartphones are either too big or big enough as they are. In short, we probably don’t need even bigger smartphones!

Out of 521 readers who voted, 49% think smartphones are fine the way they are right now, but any bigger would be going too far, 32% think smartphones are already too big and that companies should start making smaller ones again, and 20% think that the bigger the better, and are willing to see even bigger smartphones than the ones we have today.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Which Is The Best Free Anti-Virus?

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If you’re a Windows user, chances are you have some kind of anti-virus software installed. There are many options when it comes to anti-virus and anti-malware programs, many of which also cost money, but some of which are completely free. We recently compared five popular free anti-virus choices, trying to find out which one is the best, but which is your favorite? Which free anti-virus is protecting your computer, or would have if you had to choose?

Didn’t see the ones you like? Tell us in the comments which one we missed. We’d also love to hear why you chose as you did!

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Comments (174)
  • Cheryl Kissell

    Avira was recently touted on your site as the best…the article also ended saying that if you use free anti-virus…you should also use Malware/bytes. Avira indicated it was conflicting software…so the author (Matt Smith on September 25, 2012) must not have had that on his machine…plus his screenshot shows he didn’t perform a scan? If he had…he would have seen it might detect…but does not fix. I’d throw the free version of Avira OFF any lists.

    I was using AVG and read the article so removed it to try Avira…was I disappointed! I’m now considering Comodo Internet Security or Avast…and also putting my malware program back!

  • Robbie Blowe

    sorry please not that on the first line of my comment what i mean is there is no problem of antivirus gone old or not updated, sorry again for the typing error

  • Robbie Blowe

    i have used many antivirus software’s but recently i tried Avast and it performs well ,as it very light on resource , and it auto updated ,means there is problem of the antivirus gone old or not updated thus made and virus attack undetected , Avira was good then but nowdays it got so bloated that it uses a great deal of resource and it also slowed down internet browsing , whereas Panda antivirus is best at resolving a threat but its so much sensitive that even web browsing will be a pain in the ass with many sites blocked even though its a clean site, so i wouldn’t reccomend it to any one who is a hard web surfer, and coming to Avast again we are totally protected from accessing sites with malware or virus signatures as the avast web protection keeps it blocked but the good thing is it notifies you of the site’s threat and lets you choose to enter or not to enter. But even though antivirus software’s do their best to keep our system protected ,it depends on us to take care of system by not surfing wildly into any site before knowing the profile or simply downloading any file that we found in web or using too many toolbars and addons that can make us vulnerable to attacks and infestation

  • Ashwin Divakaran

    Avast has my vote! It uses very little memory than the others in this category.Its Features are also outstanding which tops all other antivirus ,even some in the paid category!

  • Garey Boone

    1st and foremost common sense which is free then combine that with maybe what your isp is offering if free or if your isp doesn’t offer anything my personal choice would be avast.

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