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While many virus scanners purport to be free online tools, in actuality only a few do not require software download and installation. To clear up any confusion, we’ve verified and ranked the top 5 REALLY FREE online and download-only virus scanners below.
Having an antivirus to protect your PC and mobile devices is essential. And while a full-fledged antivirus usually requires an investment, there are a handful of truly free antivirus options to consider as a light or short-term solution, depending on your needs.
Is a Free Antivirus Good Enough?
We did some investigating and found some significant differences between paid and free, usually in the range of features offered and the technical support provided to customers. After all, you get what you pay for.
But that doesn’t mean that free antivirus programs are limited. Some decent ones like the ones we suggest below still offer great features such a firewall and phishing protection. But just be aware that they may not have absolutely everything you need and technical support may be limited.
While no computer or mobile device is completely immune to infection, many Mac users feel they won’t be targeted by viruses, since most of the latest identified malware targets Windows and Android users. This couldn’t be further from the truth…
There’s an old theory that antivirus can slow your computer down by 50%. While this may have once been true, it’s no longer a reality. However, your antivirus will have some effect on the overall speed of your device.
Even Linux machines are vulnerable to ransomware, rootkits, email phishing attempts, and spoof URL addresses. The big question is whether a free antivirus offers robust protection for Linux?
The idea that there are no hackers looking to breach Apple devices is no longer relevant. Unfortunately many iPhone and iPad users are simply too lax about protecting their devices, making them easy targets for malicious hackers.
iOS devices can be hit with viruses, malware, spyware, phishing scams, and other malicious system breaches that compromise your sensitive data. The quickest solution is installing a free antivirus program until you decide on a more robust solution.
But do free antivirus solutions really exist for iOS devices?
We found five truly free AVs to protect your Apple device, listed below.
While most decent antivirus software can detect and remove malicious threats from your computer, hackers can still find other ways to steal your data, spy on all your activity in real-time, hijack important computer resources, damage or encrypt sensitive information using crypto locker ransomware, or even install backdoors to gain access to your PC when you least expect it.
By not adding one of the latest anti-malware security software as a crucial extra layer of defense to your existing antivirus protection, you risk exposing your computer to malicious infections.