November 10, 2017
October 8, 2018
Well, for most of us, it’s not a necessity to deploy a premium antivirus on our home or personal computers, a free antivirus is fine and enough.
When it comes to Avira, the major downside on it is the adwares and promotion for other Avira products bundled in it's installer. Moreover, Avira keeps sending ads at run time, though it is a leading brand in the free antivirus market. Thus, if you are ok with constant ads, Avira is still a good way to go. Otherwise, you can check alternatives below and read the reviews to find the one that can best suit your needs - Top 5 Free AV in 2018
If you are using Windows 10, I believe the best (inexpensive" solution is to use Windows Defender along with a malware protection program like MalwareBytes. The free version of MalwareBytes scanner is as good as the paid version when scanning your computer but the free version must be run manually.
If you open Windows Security (settings>Update & Security) You can see all your Protection areas and what if anything needs to be addressed.
The benefits are continual updates, compatibility,a mild use of resources and never any adds. Also if you wish you can use a free or paid version and make sure Windows Defender Antivirus option is turned on and it will offer periodic scanning in addition to your current provider. As long as all aspects are on and being used, I do not know of a single user that has been infected.
Another aspect of security in W10 is ensuring that SmartScreen in enabled for Microsoft Edge. This will help protect against unrecognized apps, malicious sites and prevent infected downloads unless you personally override the settings.
I do not believe there are any Free Programs better than this. There certainly some paid version
Finally, searching online for reviews on Windows 10 Defender and paid or free antivirus can be confusing because while they look unbiased, there are many sites that are actually revenue centers for the antivirus they claim is better. Also, many reviews are actually years old and unless they are describing today's version of Windows Defender they are useless. In addition Microsoft issued this addition that can be added to systems that do not have or cannot have third party AV. This registry key will allow updates form Windows defender and Security Essentials. It is important to know how to adjust the registry before attempting modifying it. if you are not comfortable I will be happy to walk anyone through the process.
Key="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" Subkey="SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat" Value="cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc" Type="REG_DWORD”
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