Best free antivirus for Mac and PC

PC

Here are three of the top free virus protection options for your PC.

1. Avast

Avast is a veteran of virus protection, with its first release dating back 25 years, to the early days of the internet. Boasting 200 million users worldwide, it is the most popular option for free virus protection. The large number of users makes Avast very efficient when it comes to detecting and preventing the latest threats in the online world. With a simple user interface, automatic updating, email scanning and plenty of other features, Avast Essential is a great option for protection. I have been personally using this software for years, and I haven’t had a single issue with online protection since I installed it.  

2. AVG

A great option for free protection is AVG, it’s a classic and it’s easy to use. It may pester you a bit to upgrade to the paid version, but if you can resist then it is a great free tool for protection. One of AVG’s most popular features is an internet toolbar which monitors the websites you use and tells you whether or not they are safe to browse.

3. Bitdefender

Bitdefender has been around since 2001 and has been gaining popularity ever since. It’s simple and sticks to the essentials, which is great if you don’t want to clutter up your PC with lots of software. If your PC is a few years old and running slow already, Bitdefender may be the right option for you.

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Mac

The myth that Mac’s software is not susceptible to viruses and malware continues to persist among Mac users, but it is not true. Mac’s OS X software is much less prone to malicious threats than Windows is, due to both a significantly smaller user base and some differences in the structure of the operating system, but that definitely does not mean that Mac users don’t need any antivirus software. If you want the best you can get for free, we’ve got two options just for you.

1. Avast

If you read the PC section on the previous page, then you’ll already know about Avast. It is the most popular option for virus protection and it is now available for Mac users. It’s easy to use, will scan your files and emails and protect you while you surf the web.

2. Sophos

Sophos is a light and simple choice for Mac protection, once installed you’ll probably forget its there, until it finds a threat that is. You can even schedule it to scan automatically, and like all the other software on this list, it’s 100 per cent free.

Written by ryanbo



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