I have used numerous antivirus products over the years and have found that many of the “FREE” antivirus product options that are available are sufficient for home-based computer users. What I look for in an antivirus product, is a product that will provide the needed protection without robbing my computer of its’ memory resources. For the past 12 months I have been running the “FREE” edition of Avast! (called Avast! Home Edition) on my PC and have been quite pleased. So far it has met the criteria that I desire (sufficient protection without slowing down the computer). I have actually seen computers overloaded with security suites to the point that the software designed to protect the computer actually becomes counterproductive.
The “Avast! Home Free Edition” is produced by Alwil (a Czech-based company). Alwil also provides a professional version with additional features. [ CLICK HERE ] to compare the two. You will find that the “free version” offers features such as:
Simple User Interface
Integrated Virus Cleaner
Support for 64-bit Windows
P2P and IM Shields
I applaud Alwil for producing such a fine product and making it globally available to everyone in an effort to prevent the global spreading of viruses. If you are interested in downloading and learning more about Avast! Home Free Edition [ CLICK HERE ]. If you download and install the free edition you will be required to register the product (for free). The registration process is explained on the download page. Once you complete the registration process, a license key will be emailed to you. The registration is good for one year and can be renewed annually.
As an added note, if you opt to remove any antivirus software from your computer, to install another, always check with the software maker to determine the uninstall process. To assist you with this process I encourage you to follow the links below: