How many hours have you whiled away watching YouTube videos, “checking up” on your ex on Facebook, or battling away with online games? Fun as the Internet may be to use, it also has a very dark side. You are never too many websites away from stumbling across the latest bit of malicious software seeking to infect your PC. In the endless fight against these threats, we’ve sourced the 5 best antimalware products out there – and they’re all free, too.
Malwarebytes: Probably one of the best-known antimalware solutions out there, Malwarebytes effectively scans your system for unpleasantries like worms, Trojans, spyware and more, before swiftly removing them.
AVGAntiVirus: AVG’s reputable software can block all sorts of malware, including viruses and spyware. It also bundles in a nifty file shredder feature, which securely deletes sensitive data that may expose your PC to hackers.
Spybot: While the free edition of Spybot only fights off spyware (you can add antivirus protection for just $13.99), it does an excellent job of keeping your PC from being tracked.
BitDefender: One of BitDefender's best features is the way it works quietly in the background, by scanning for threats only when its system is idle, and not bothering you with constant offers to upgrade to its paid software.
Malicious Software Removal Tool: A Microsoft product, this tool is constantly updated to meet the latest threats head-on. In a nod to Windows XP users, Microsoft has said that it will continue providing the tool for XP right up until July next year.