What’s the best free software for security and maintenance? I’m looking for anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall, etc.
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.
I can recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials if you're after free security software.
i recommend avast for security
i recommend ccleaner for maintenance
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IObit Advanced System Care with Antivirus 2013
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..
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.
U can use cc cleaner its best n freee..............
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.
mcrosoft security essentials is best and also free antivirus software.
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 :)
Microsoft Security Essentials
various NirSoft utilities
MakeUseOf have their own list of best free apps/software for Windows
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.
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.
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.
My list would comprise of:
and for the firewall, there is absolutly nothing wrong with the Windows firewall.
"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.
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.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERAntiSpyware
Online Armor Free
CCleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag
for security try bitdefender internet security 2013
and for maintennance ADVANCE SYSTEM CARE
I will sugest you in the freewares.
ok, thanks all for your time. i got it.
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 !
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.
Security : Avast or Avira
Maintainence : IObit Advanced System Care Free or Gary Utilites or (combination of CCleaner, IObit Uninstaller, Defraggler etc.)
AVG Free Antivirus 2013 + Malwarebytes + Comodo Firewall for security. Ccleaner + Auslogics Disk Defrag + Auslogics Registry Cleaner for housecleaning.
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....
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.
u can use ccleaner the free one to maintenance your pc :) I used it
avast! Free Antivirus Outperforms Competitors in Independent Test
Comodo Internet Security
Microsoft Security essentials
Added layer Immunet free
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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...
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;