If you just got your new shiny Windows 7 out of the box and are thinking about how to protect yourself from spyware and malware online, free antivirus software does a pretty good job, there is no need to shell out any cash if you are the average Joe Doe.
Most viruses get into computers thanks to people installing cracked software, they themselves authorise that trojan to be installed together bundled with their cracked program. The most stupid thing a user can do to infect his computer with a virus is to install a pirated premium antivirus which is likely to contain a backdoor trojan.
Here goes a list of free antivirus software that is compatible with Windows 7, there is no reason why you should not look after your operating system security, even more given that you have to pay nothing, this is not a free trial, this is truly free antivirus software with regular updates, if you want extra features you can upgrade to their paid for version, but otherwise it works just fine.
- Avira Antivir Personal Edition: In addition to protect your computer from viruses, Avira will block Internet companies tracking down what sites you visit, the software can detect spyware too.
- Avast! Antivirus Home: With a silent moe to stop annoying warning pop ups, this is a set and run antivirus, it can monitor cloud services reputation and protect your computer in real time monitoring P2P, instant messenger, network, email and downloads.
- AVG Free Antivirus: It will quickly scan your computer for viruses and malware, optionally installing a toolbar that can check if the site you are visiting is safe, the free version protects emails and web browsing but not instant messenger.