There is no universal "one size fits all" solution
that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus
. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. In many cases choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference and what works best on a particular system. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. Please read:
Here are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:
Here are links to polls about this very subject:
My personal recommendation is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus
or Emsisoft Anti-Malware
as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive
and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus
is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend avast! Free Antivirus
or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition
Keep in mind that an offer of free anti-virus software is essentially a marketing technique
...a way of advertising and enticement to get folks to try a product and if they like it, to purchase the full (or Pro) version which typically provides more features. Marketing and promotional strategies are built into the vendor's business model as part of their operating costs. Bottom line...it's all about generating revenue and finding new and creative ways to do so
. As such, users may have to deal with occasional nagging pop-ups or nuisance advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version.By using such free programs, you are essentially agreeing to the terms of the vendor's service which includes those ads.
In some cases you may be able to disable annoying pop-ups through the anti-virus settings if the vendor included an option to disable them. If the vendor does not have such an option listed, then your only alternative is to switch anti-virus software if the pop-up ads annoy you that much.
Also keep in mind that many anti-virus vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure. In fact, all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free