Free Antivirus Apps and Alternatives

11 applications in this hubLast updated: Oct 15th 2018, 04:25 GMT

It's common sense to equip a computer with a powerful anti-malware application capable of blocking ransomware, viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware and other forms of malicious agents.

Besides basic protection, most paid antivirus products come bundled with extra security features, such as firewall, email scanner, password manager, file shredder, anti-phishing, or sandbox for testing apps in an isolated environment.

Meanwhile, free antivirus tools offer basic protection only: a scanner and a real-time guard against incoming threats. They shouldn't be disregarded, though, because the engine powering an anti-malware utility is shared by all editions of the same product, whether it has "Free", "Professional", "Premium", "Total", "Ultimate" or another similar term in its name.

Whether you're looking for standard anti-malware protection without having to worry about installing additional security features, or you just want to test the antivirus engine of a particular product for free before deciding if it's worth spending your money, make sure to explore this hub.

We handpicked what we think to be the best free antivirus products listed on Softpedia, which are also highly regarded by the community. Only free antivirus tools with a real-time guard were included here (sorry, McAfee Stinger and Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool). Please note that, although free to use, some of these utilities are ad-supported, either offering third-party components during setup, showing banners during runtime, or both.

Furthermore, we've included a cool app called SecureAPlus that uses cloud protection provided by multiple AV engines - it's not free but lets you test its full features for 1 year for free.

If you're interested, you can discover tools in other hubs for portable antivirus, scan for viruses, uninstall antivirus and virus definitions.

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Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.40.12

Extensive and efficient antivirus protection for home users which help ensure that one's computer ...

Sep 3rd 2018, 09:37 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 8,328,894 downloads
  • 3.3 MB
AVG Antivirus Free

AVG Antivirus Free 18.7.3069 Build 18.7.3069

Top-grade antivirus application with basic protection against all forms of malware, in addition to...

Oct 10th 2018, 07:04 GMT
Windows XP / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 8,124,145 downloads
  • 7.1 MB
Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus 18.7.2354 Build 18.7.4041.0

Powerful anti-malware solution delivered in a user-friendly and free package, featuring multiple s...

Oct 9th 2018, 11:24 GMT
Windows XP / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 645,918 downloads
  • 9.52 MB
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.13.59

Feather-light and free antivirus solution from renowned developer that keeps the PC protected at a...

Oct 8th 2018, 06:36 GMT
Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 269,854 downloads
  • 61.5 MB
Panda Free Antivirus (Panda Dome)

Panda Free Antivirus (Panda Dome) 18.06.00

Handy and approachable antivirus solution that uses cloud assistance to prevent, detect and elimin...

Jun 20th 2018, 14:08 GMT
Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 11,254 downloads
  • 872 KB
Windows Defender Offline

Windows Defender Offline 4.9.221.0

A comprehensive utility that helps you to detect and keep malware off your computer, while maintai...

Apr 14th 2017, 06:29 GMT
Windows XP / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 4,270,505 downloads
  • 11.66 MB
Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0

The official, free antivirus solution from Microsoft for Windows 7 and Vista computers, which prov...

Nov 30th 2016, 16:19 GMT
Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit
     
  • 811,674 downloads
  • 171 MB
Dr.WEB CureIt!

Dr.WEB CureIt! 15 October 2018

Portable anti-malware tool based on the Dr.WEB engine, which can run express scans to find and neu...

Oct 15th 2018, 04:25 GMT
Windows XP / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 2003 / Windows 2008 / Windows 2008 64 bit / Windows Server 2012 / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 1,732,449 downloads
  • 77.4 MB
Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes 3.6.1.2711 (October 5, 2018)

Anti-malware application with basic protection against viruses, spyware, adware and other web thre...

Oct 8th 2018, 06:18 GMT
Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 138,469 downloads
  • 5.3 MB
Comodo Antivirus

Comodo Antivirus 11.0.0.6710

Efficient antivirus solution that detects and destroys malware and viruses, which can affect the s...

Oct 2nd 2018, 06:32 GMT
Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit
     
  • 9,264 downloads
  • 162 MB
SecureAPlus

SecureAPlus 4.12.0

A multi-layered system protection utility that enables you to keep your computer safe from malware...

Sep 17th 2018, 04:15 GMT
Windows XP / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows Vista / Windows Vista 64 bit / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 2003 / Windows 2008 / Windows 2008 64 bit / Windows 2008 R2 / Windows Server 2012 / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 bit