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Best Free Antivirus and Anti Malware Solutions for 2017

Experts sometimes use the words ‘Malware' and ‘Antivirus' interchangeably. Occasionally, this fact is a source of confusion for lay users of computers.

Also, you might have wondered why your antivirus is not enough to protect your computer without the addition of a firewall.

As said earlier, the use of these separate terms interchangeably might be very confusing to the lay users and casual readers.

That fact is what makes a lot of companies rich. Because the average user does not understand the meaning of these concepts, he believes they must be very complex and thus, he would rather opt for paid-for solutions.

However, the focus of this article is to enlighten you on these subjects and also to clear your ignorance.

After reading this article, you should be able to protect your computer sufficiently enough against external attacks and hackers.

First, we need to understand what the term PC Security Suite means.

A complete PC security Suite is usually comprised of six essential items. These are a firewall, an antivirus, a web page phishing or malware detector, a cache cleaner and a malware detector.

Now, let us proceed to examine these components one after the other.

An Antivirus Software

The major manufacturers of good antivirus software right now are AVG, Avast, Panda, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Avira.

Of these software providers, I would still recommend Avast as the best although the initial process of installing it is tedious. It usually goes on for a long time and during the process, it will hang a few times.

However, it is worth the whole stress. Apparently, I am not the only one that thinks so because the software was awarded Bronze in WebUser's list of Best Antivirus.

This is made even more spectacular by the fact that Avast is the only free antivirus that was included in a list filled with paid software.

Panda is another good antivirus software. It utilizes a cloud based programme but when it was first launched in 2003, most users were not so impressed.

Most of the files that were uploaded onto its cloud storage services were always inoperable when redownloaded to the computer.

However, the program has undergone some upgrades and currently, it can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best programs in the world.

Even its cloud based system has undergone improvements. Files that are uploaded on the cloud storage service do not undergo a reduction in quality when reclaimed for use.

Free Firewall

The main function of a firewall is the protection of the whole home network. It is not restricted to just a single computer.

All windows PCs and laptops are already preinstalled with a good Firewall system. However, it does not offer you much user control.

If you want to have a say in the information that tour computer transmits or receives online, I will advice hat you go for Glassware.

It is a combination of a computer network module and a threat monitor. The software will even give you regular updates on the content that your computer has accessed while you were gone. It also updates you on the specific applications that accessed the content.

Also, whenever Amy software installed on your computer accesses the internet, you will be able to see whether you sanctioned it or the program just acted by proxy.

Glassware even trumps itself. It also goes one step further by monitoring and giving you regular updates on your internet and bandwidth usage.

And the best news? Glassware is free!

Anti Malware Security

A lot of people erroneously believe that an antivirus is all you need to sufficiently protect your computer. However, nothing can be further from the truth.

An antivirus software is not the only safety net you can use for your laptop. It is basically only the very front line of defence.

You should constantly check your computer for any Malware. This scan will be conducted to root out any malicious software that you mistakenly downloaded. It will also uncover other programs that got past your antivirus system.

The best Anti Malware program I can recommend to you is MalwareBytes. It is favoured by a lot of users and it is on of the top downloaded and installed malware programs available.

Before fully using this software, you should ensure that it is updated. This is because MalwareBytes is always constantly updated in a bid to keep up with new threats.

However, you should not that not all suggestions made by the program are dangerous to your computer. They could just be files that it cannot recognize, so, before you delete any file, make sure that it is not one that will affect your computer later on.

You should note, however, that programs that the software identifies as Trojan should be deleted immediately they show up.

Web Link Malware Detector

A lot of people do not realize that the simple act of clicking on an unknown link can open up their computer to a world of threats and malicious programs.

This is usually brought on by search results. A lot of people do not verify the link before clicking on it. And when they do, they just peruse through the pages without realizing that their computer is getting infected by malicious programs and viruses!

However, this can be prevented. There are programs that are created just for the identification of these dangerous links.

There are two major leaders in this area and they include Avast Online Security for Chrome, and The Web of Trust.

The two software programs work by identifying safe links with a literal green light that could either appear as a tick or as a circle. Suspicious links as represented with a red or orange light.

However, I would recommend Avast as the better choice of the two. This is because the Web of Trust only has a few users to report malware.

Software And Leftover Files Removal

It is necessary for you to constantly rid your computer of old or unused software. There are several software programs that are designed just for this purpose.

One of the best programs for uninstalling is Advanced Uninstaller, a program designed by iObit. It is especially stellar because it strikes the right balance between the speed of operation and the time used for cleaning leftover files.

However, you have to be careful whenever you are engaging in deep system scans. This is because you can mistakenly remove some registry files that are essential to the running g of the computer.

With iObit though, you do not have to worry about this. There are over a million users of the program and not one of them has complained about the accidental deletion of registry files.

CCleaner

The name of the program is a coined abbreviation that represents Crap Cleaner. It is especially useful for the cleaning of junk files like temporary files and cookies.

These junk files accumulate with every installed program and saved file. When they rise to some certain degrees, the computer’s performance will be affected adversely. However, functions that are general to the two are self timing and automatic cleaning.

It is available for just a little over $20 and the fee provides you with a lifetime access and licence. Also, you can still use this license for the other laptops and PC registered under your household.

Defraggler

The function of Defraggler is simple, it clears up file fragments in a process referred to as defragging.

The software is manufactured by iObit too, the makers of Advanced Cleaning. The software defrags your computer once in a month. Therefore, when the unwanted files are removed, the remnants are blended together into one file which is then cached or deleted.

This relieves pressure on the hard drive and it improves the overall performance of the computer.

 

These software mentioned above complete the Security Suite. If you have Amy of these software, there will be no need for an antivirus software alone!

You will also get to save up on valuable funds that you can then invest into other areas.

There you have it, you can get to save your computer and save money in the process!