Top 5 Free AV Packages
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
- Works on Windows 7 and 8.1
- Very easy to use
- Less effective than some competitors
- No defense of ransomware or scheduled scans
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition shares its detection engine with the company’s paid versions, but offers an extraordinary experience.
Bitdefender usually performs well in tests. It achieved a detection rating of 100% on real and reference AV-Test tests, with only one false positive result and a rating of 99.9% with three false positives in the latest real-world protection test from AV-Comparatives. The software was not included in recent SE Labs tests.
Bitdefender’s interface is refreshingly free of clutter. There is only one zipped status screen showing your protection status. Here, you can activate a system scan or drag and drop any file or folder to instantly check for threats. However, you cannot schedule scans and there is no dedicated ransomware defense module.
The application includes filtering malicious sites, phishing and protection against fraud on the web, and allows you to disable notifications. You also get limited remote device management for up to 25 free Bitdefender installs.
It can’t quite match Microsoft Defender’s outstanding performance if you’re on Windows 10 or 11 systems. However, it’s a great option if you’re still using Windows 7 or 8.1 and want a really simple interface to work with with minimal hassle.
the reviewer: KG Orphanides
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