Top 5 free antivirus programs for Microsoft Windows compared





Don’t know, which free antivirus to use for your Microsoft Windows? Have a look at our basic comparison of free antivirus programs compatible with Windows.

Comparison

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016

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Panda Free Antivirus 2016

Panda Free Antivirus 2016

Microsoft Windows Defender

Microsoft Windows Defender

AVG Antivirus Free 2016

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Avira Free Antivirus 2016

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Compatibility Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP (SP3) Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (SP2) Windows 10, 8.1 Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (SP3) Windows 10, 8.1, 8,  7
Fileshield YES YES YES YES YES
Webshield YES YES NO YES YES
Mailshield YES YES NO YES NO
Game/Silent mode YES NO NO YES NO
Secure browser YES NO NO NO YES
Password manager YES NO NO NO NO
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Avast 2016 license key

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There are many differences between antivirus programs but we focused on the most essential functions

  • Fileshield: the ability to protect users PC when malicious file is executed (example:  you download malicious file which you think is safe. Once you execute program, antivirus will scan it and run only if the file is clean)
  • Webshield: protection when browsing and monitoring of web traffic (example: you are browsing web and click on link which will lead you to malicious site. As antivirus is scanning web traffic, it will terminate connection keeping you safe from malicious site.
  • Mailshield: protecting user’s email communication (example: you will receive email with attachment, which can contain malicious code. To keep you safe, mailshield functionality in antivirus will stop the file from execution)

Along with this, antivirus vendors often offer extended functions or components also in free antivirus. We compared three additional functions:

  • Game mode (silent mode): This feature can be used to disable notification during presentation, movie or when playing computer games
  • Secure browser: Can be used when user is doing online banking to disallow tracking of keystrokes (block key-loggers) and keep all sensitive data (credit card info) private
  • Password manager: It is not recommended to use same password on different sites. This function can be therefore used to create unique, strong passwords for each site without need to remember them.