Updating adaware

21 May

Windows users who haven't installed something hardier are the perfect hosts for viruses; attack the weak links, attack through the chinks in the one piece of software armour these weak links have by default, and you're in.That's why we've dropped Defender from our list of free antivirus apps in this latest update of our free AV roundup. If you're not running advanced virus detection, zero-day virus protection, anti-malware, anti-ransomware and other security essentials, you're not doing it right and leave yourself open to infections and identity theft.Antivirus software is one of the first things you should install on a new PC, and top quality protection can be yours completely free.We've updated our roundup of the best free security software so you know you're getting the very best protection for your data and your personal information.

If, on the other hand, the derogatory term refers to products which go a little heavy on the advertising and features that don't matter – AVG Anti Virus Free's 'tune up' portion, for instance – perhaps the shoe fits here.

So why, then, have we dropped it from the top spot on our list, a position it's held for the past two years? There's a certain level of popups and advertisements that's acceptable for a free product, and Avira has begun to cross the line.

It's not as onerous as some – Comodo's over-enthusiastic interface comes to mind – but booting up your PC to see Avira shouting at you once again is jarring.

Review and where to download: Kaspersky Free Avira Free Antivirus for Windows continues to score highly on AV-TEST's stringent testing program, quashing 99.7% of tested threats, and it generally doesn't put too big a burden on your hardware.

It has a clean, friendly interface - with a swish redesign ready for 2018 - and throws up minimal false positives.