What are the best free security and PC maintenance apps?

N LKX November 21, 2012

What’s the best free software for security and maintenance? I’m looking for anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall, etc.

  1. dragonmouth
    January 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    As long as you use Windows you will not be sure if you are really protected. All the products mentioned "will do the job." But is that good enough for your needs? If you really want to be secure you should start with a secure O/S such as BSD or Linux. Then add an anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware. If you just want "good enough" go with the software suggested so far.

  2. Felix Göhringer
    December 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I can recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials if you're after free security software.

  3. Rohit Pandey
    December 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    ccleaner,tune-up-utilities,malware protector,ausologies,bitdefender,norton,etc.......

  4. Arun Vishnu
    December 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

    i recommend avast for security
    i recommend ccleaner for maintenance
    to check out full list,visit makeuseof homepage

  5. Sreekanth Stern
    November 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    IObit Advanced System Care with Antivirus 2013

  6. Md Nur-Un-Nabi Tutul
    November 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    N LKX check this link where you will find a collections of softwares which will serve your need //www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software. If you want a all in one software then go for Advanced system care pro or ultimate version & you can also try CCleaner & defraggler for pctune up as well....if not then try free version of Advanced system care for maintenance or PC tuneup... try Avast, AVG, & comodo free version..

  7. Zack263
    November 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I enjoy Emsissoft: 1 minute scan - Well because its only 1 minute. http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/malaware/

    All Scans should be 1 minute!!!

    Other than that although HitManPro and MalwareBytes are great Malware Scanning Tools and Avast is a great virus defender....

    Once i discover malware I woul'nt bother fixing it I'd just restore image backup using Acronis or Paragon Backup For Windows 8. Now business operations might be different then a common user.

    I also like Web of Trust even though its not 100% accuarte and sometimes warns against good sites I feel it helps the common user avoid the bad sites.

  8. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    U can use cc cleaner its best n freee..............

  9. Steven Groves
    November 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I agree with Adam. I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials for a long time now with no issues or problems. Avast is not a good security unless your a hacker suggesting someone to break into.

    As far as Malware: Malwarebytes (FREE) has always been kind to me.

    CCleaner is definitely the best system cleaner on the market today.

  10. atul mahajan
    November 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    mcrosoft security essentials is best and also free antivirus software.

  11. Abba Jee
    November 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I would recommend Comodo Internet Security for PC security + Glarry Utilities for maintiaincne as i,m using them my own for last 4 years or so without any problem :)

  12. Jan Fritsch
    November 23, 2012 at 10:55 am
  13. Terafall
    November 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

    MakeUseOf have their own list of best free apps/software for Windows

  14. mangesh kharche
    November 23, 2012 at 5:05 am

    for free antivirus you must go for microsoft secury essentials. and for maintenance use must use tuneup utilities. this are best software's i have used ever. you must try.

  15. mohit kumar
    November 23, 2012 at 4:38 am

    For maintenance, "Windows 7 Manager" is the best. Though it comes with 15 days trial, but reinstall it after 15 days to use it without paying.

    For security, install PC Tools Firewall, MSE and MalwareBytes's anti-malware.

    Disable Windows's firewall. MSE can take care in real-time. Malwarebytes isn't real time, so it don't slow down the PC but is very useful as it can be run in safe mode too and is very small and detects almost every viruses etc.

  16. susendeep dutta
    November 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    If your habit is good then you don't need much security suites for your system.If you use many security suites,then your system resources will get consumed more and will affect overall performance.

    If you keep your Windows updated,use its default firewall and Microsoft security essentials,then your system would be very much secure.If you like to have some third party all-in-one security suite then Avast Internet Security is good.You need third party Firewall,Anti-Malware when you want more control.

  17. Alan Wade
    November 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    My list would comprise of:
    and for the firewall, there is absolutly nothing wrong with the Windows firewall.

    • dragonmouth
      January 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      "and for the firewall, there is absolutly nothing wrong with the Windows firewall."

      There is nothing wrong with Windows firewall if you don't mind Microsoft, the government and God knows who else having a back-door to bypass it.

  18. DalSan
    November 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I vote Avast or Comodo Internet Security for antivirus, SuperAntiSpyware for active antimalware, Malwarebytes antimalware for standalone scans, and Comodo firewall. For cleaners, CCleaner and IObit Advanced System Care free are good and safe to use. There are plenty others, but they have protected me very well and kept my computers clean. Careful with IOBit since it does the system down a bit, I left it to scan on startup, but not to automatically run at startup.

  19. ion popa
    November 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Avast, Avira
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERAntiSpyware
    Online Armor Free
    CCleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag

  20. Rakesh Mishra
    November 22, 2012 at 6:34 am

    for security try bitdefender internet security 2013

    and for maintennance ADVANCE SYSTEM CARE

  21. Aswin Kumar K P
    November 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I will sugest you in the freewares.
    firewall-comodo firewall
    anti-malware-Malware bytes

  22. Anonymous
    November 22, 2012 at 4:24 am

    ok, thanks all for your time. i got it.

  23. Nikhil Chandak
    November 22, 2012 at 3:59 am

    for free security or maintenance apps -
    Advance System Care 6
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Avira (not that good)
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    In some of these softwares , u need keys , u can get the keys from MUO rewards !

  24. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 22, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Firewall: often included in security apps like Avast, but if you want a standalone try Comodo.
    Cleaning your computer: CCleaner.

    Be mindful. Security is good, but doing it overboard will bog down your computer to snail's pace.

  25. Sudharshan Titan
    November 22, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Security : Avast or Avira
    Maintainence : IObit Advanced System Care Free or Gary Utilites or (combination of CCleaner, IObit Uninstaller, Defraggler etc.)

  26. Jim Chambers
    November 22, 2012 at 3:35 am

    AVG Free Antivirus 2013 + Malwarebytes + Comodo Firewall for security. Ccleaner + Auslogics Disk Defrag + Auslogics Registry Cleaner for housecleaning.

  27. Paul Pruitt
    November 22, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I like Microsoft security Essentials alone which then makes WIndows use Windows Defender and the Windows Firewall. That system doesn't bug you about buying anything and doesn't seem to have a many false positives, which most of the free and commercial programs in their overreach seem to have these days.

    A recent poll on makeuseof surprisingly has Microsoft security Essentials in the lead among free solutions just ahead of Avast: [broken link removed] It had a much bigger lead when there were half as many respondents. I hope somebody isn't stuffing the ballot box....

  28. Rajaa Chowdhury
    November 22, 2012 at 2:24 am

    If you want one free software which combines Firewall, Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware/Malware, you should checkout Comodo Internet Security Premium Free Edition. It is a very capable product. However, I have Comodo Firewall, Microsoft security Essentials Antivirus and Malwarebytes Anti-malware installed and they are all free. Also keep Windows update automatically updating your system.

    Also must have is the Piriform's ccleaner and defraggler for maintainence part.

    Should be good to go after that.

  29. MNasiruddinZ
    November 22, 2012 at 1:38 am

    u can use ccleaner the free one to maintenance your pc :) I used it

  30. ha14
    November 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    avast! Free Antivirus Outperforms Competitors in Independent Test

    Comodo Internet Security

    Microsoft Security essentials

    Added layer Immunet free
    [Broken Link Removed]

    For maintenance

  31. Adam Campbell
    November 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    For antivirus, antimalware I would use Microsoft Security Essentials, some people probable hate it but it gets the job done. Windows firewall also gets the job done. For maintenance I would use CCleaner or System Ninja, there's a good article here on makeuseof that goes over maintenance software...

  32. Manuel Guillermo López Buenfil
    November 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    For security, try Avast:
    For maintenance, try CCleaner:

    MakeUseOf has a list of the best Windows Software, you should check it if you want more options:
    There, you should mainly look at the antivirus and maintenance categories;

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