Free Antivirus applications which are reliable{1}

by David A
Free Antivirus applications which are reliable
This article compares the differences between nine free antivirus applications. The applications are run through a battery of tests provided by AV-Test. In the lab the applications were tested on detection of new and old malware, and how well they can clean it up. The antivirus application’s usability was also tested, along with their effect on the PCs performance through on demand and on access scan tests.
The nine Applications that were tested and ranked accordingly were:
1. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012
2. Avast Free Antivirus
3. Panda Cloud Antivirus
4. Avira Free Antivirus
5. Microsoft Security Essentials
6. PC Tools AntiVirus Free
7. Comodo Internet Security Premium
8. PC Tools Threatfire
9. Malwarebytes’ Antimalware

Below is a table that shows the results for the test for each application:

After discussing Anti-virus applications in the last class meeting during a student’s blog presentation, I found this blog to be very interesting.  Especially with the fact the most people believe that Antivirus applications are important and are willing to spend hundreds of dollars.  I was shocked that people are willing to spend so much money for it.  One important factor for me when I consider Antivirus applications is whether it will slow down my computer.  The article addresses that concern by measuring on demand and on access scan speeds so you know which one is faster.  So overall this article has a lot of useful information about the performance of some of these Antivirus applications, and I wanted to share this article with all of you.

Source: Nick Mediati (2012, April 29) Free Antivirus You Can Trust. PCWorld. Retrieved April 29, 2012 from