If you’ve been noticing weird behavior or slowdowns on your PC or web browser, it is most likely due to a virus of some sort.
Here are an assortment of popular tools to detect and remove malicious software on your PC. In this series, we’ll look at a few freeware options, business users and professionals are advised to go for commercial licensed versions to deal with viruses, spyware, and malware.
Ad-Aware Free Internet Security
Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware has clocked over 400 million downloads largely due to a free version available for personal home use. The software tries to mitigate all possible threats, functioning as an antivirus, antispyware, and offers real-time anti-malware protection.
AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011
One of the most popular freeware suites, the free version offers basic anti-virus protection and scans links while browsing to eliminate phishing and malware threats. All in all, the 2011 edition is solid freeware solution that has garnered good ratings.
Microsoft Security Essentials
This free download from Microsoft is an obvious choice for anyone who has a licensed vesion of Windows at work or at home. MSE is has a light system footprint and is available for small businesses with upto 10 users.
Panda Cloud Antivirus
As the name suggests, Panda scans your local folders against a ginormous antivirus signature database in the cloud. Quick to install and requiring no updates, this is the first antivirus you should check out in case you feel like your PC has been infiltrated.
Avast! Free Antivirus 6.0
The new version of Avast is effective against spyware, malware, and any kind of virus infestation, and puts up over eight real-time shields, scanning through a large variety of file types and compression formats. Avast provides protection on instant messenger and P2P clients as well.