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Free antivirus programs: Are they as good as promised?

When browsing the web is compulsory, it is essential to take steps to stay secure. Processing emails, downloading programs, visiting unknown sites are a part of daily internet use. To stay secure, all necessary precautions must be there. Antivirus programs are your frontline of defence in this case. There are various programs out there, most of them are well-reputed. Subscription-based antivirus programs are good but sometimes we have to choose free alternatives as well.




Paid Vs. Free antivirus programs

While paid antivirus programs are certainly the product of choice with many offerings on features. Free one can get the job done as usual. Internet security, regular PC scan, deep-scan, malware removal, ransomware protection, drive security alongside mobile and IOS security are present in premium subscriptions. Free programs don’t offer tons of features but only the basic ones.


AV-Test lists the most popular antivirus programs in descending order to choose on the time of lookout. They list not only paid programs but also free ones. The current listing shows AhnLab, Avast free, AVG, Avira, BitDefender, ESET on the top chart among many. While all of them are popular ones and already familiar to most of us, sometimes they are not enough. Ever experienced a slow and junky computer that fails to load other programs properly and later finds out many of your data are missing. It may be because an antivirus program is removing all the files unknown to it.


Stay above the basics

What do you think most of the computers are running on? Can smartphones cut out to be an alternative? It isn’t.


Windows and IOS are the most popular OS today for the general population. A few others are Linux, Android, Ubuntu, and more. Hence making them the targeted machines for hackers and malware. Most of the time, it’s not necessary to pay for protection because built-on OS has features to tackle the treats. If you use email & download features often, using a program with internet security is the way to go. Computers that lack compatibility to work beyond the initial purpose are work computers, and they don’t need superior facilities. Of course, implementing more security is not a bad option, but why spend more than you need.


So, what do we do?

The team at Tech News Pro, suggests using only what you need and it includes programs that throttle user experience. Paid programs may be the best solution but they take a good proportion of RAM and other components. Windows users have the luxury of choosing a program accordingly because there are plenty of them. On the other hand, when you pair up a phone or laptop with the computer, chances are, they are added as trusted devices. If they aren’t secure themselves, then what a program can do?


Some antivirus programs are very aggressive and take most of the files in quarantine, then delete them automatically. We recommend turning those off. Malwarebytes is a great solution to occasionally scan the computer. And it is highly recommended. Companies give basic protection and trails for free users and collect their data. These data are used for further research and to examine what changes are required. Keep your OS updated at all times. Even programs may have security flaws, so they need to keep up to date as well.


While browsing, only use sites that have SSL protection enabled and it is recommended not to use sites that google marks as unsecure. Of course, Google itself indexes those sites but at the same time flags them red. If you’re certain that it is ok, then we are not going to stop you. Few antivirus programs give free browsing protection in the format of add-ons or extensions. Those are good alternatives too. If you’re sure about browsing habits, then there is no need for antivirus software at all. Keeping OS clean, regular disk checkups, updating programs, and only permitting network access to the program if it’s necessary should be enough to keep you safe.

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