Recommendation: Free Antivirus

UPDATE 20111110: See our updated free antivirus recommendation page.

Here at YCG, we get a lot of requests for recommendations. At the top of the list—as far as quantity of requests—are requests for a free antivirus program.

While every business or corporation should have a professional security package installed and administered by a reputable network administration and security firm (like Your Computer Genius), free antivirus programs may be suitable for the home user.

In the recent past, we have recommended AVG’s free edition, and indeed, we have corporate clients who use the AVG network edition for their security solutions. However, recently it seems like Avast has edged out AVG in terms of ease-of-use, usability, and features.

Here are links to both versions. Please note that you should check the terms of service carefully—many free version of software do not allow commercial use. The summary reviews on CNET are also probably worth a quick glance before you commit to the software.

Avast: http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html

2 comments

  1. shikhak says:

    Thanks for giving info; no doubt Avast is an effective antivirus but I would like to share my experience. I have been using Free Antivirus named immunet and you would not believe me that I am quit satisfied with it.

  2. dan_charltonjr says:

    thanks for share that i recomend this one zenok free antivirus for everyone i like it is very easy the gui is amazing and workd good 😛 check it

    http://www.zenok.com/en/free-antivirus/

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