Like all other Windows operating systems, Windows 8 is equally vulnerable to virus, malware and spyware. I recently has to re-install my Windows 8 after a virus had affected it and was corrupting any file I clicked on.
Best Free Windows 8 Antivirus Software
With Windows default Bit Defender unable to prevent the infection and afterwards in removing it I had to search for a better antivirus software for my Windows 8 laptop. Here I bring you the top 10 antivirus I found which have an extremely good reputation and stood of some of my own criterion. Read on to know more about these antivirus softwares for Windows 8
Avast is the number one free antivirus in the world. It has the maximum number of users in antivirus category in the world. It has antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall and many other securities components. The best part is that it can be installed in Windows 2000 professional SP4, Windows XP SP2 or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, do note that there have been unconfirmed reports from some users regarding problems with Avast antivirus on Windows 8
Microsoft Security Essentials :
Microsoft Security Essentials also known as MSE, is one of the best free antivirus and anti-spyware software for Window 8. The thing is that it is an official security program which is released by Microsoft itself. It is absolutely free to download and it works fantastically after installation.
AVG antivirus :
AVG free antivirus is almost equal to Avast! antivirus when compared with the functions, but I felt that it is better than its previous version. It also has antivirus, anti-spyware, link scanner and many other security features which you may not find easily in any other antivirus software. It can be installed in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.
Panda free antivirus :
Panda free antivirus is a very nice software and the best thing is that it is very light-weight antivirus software. It is actually based on cloud computing concept because of which it is one of the most light-weight antivirus programs available for Windows 8. The only thing that you need is a good speed Internet connection in your system to use it and this software can be used in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Avira is also one of the widely used antivirus for Windows OS and it protects your system from virus, spyware, malware, trojan, rootkits and many other forms of malicious programs. Its features are comparable with Avast and AVG antivirus software. Avira antivirus can be installed in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Window 8.
Malwarebytes has got a reputation to secure your system in no time from malwares only. If you are looking for a comprehensive security package then it is not you want. This program offers no active anti-virus or anti-spyware protection. It scans the system rapidly and updates its threat database constantly.
PC Tools Antivirus :
Many free products have many features, but with free PC Tools Antivirus you will not have spyware protection included as PC Tools has separate programs for this. As it is not a comprehensive package therefore it doesn’t turn off Windows Defender on Windows 7 or Windows 8 but it does have some good features like real-time protection. It will check files for known threats only, but monitoring for suspicious activity is only available in the paid-for version, so basically it is a rootkit detection software.
Comodo Antivirus :
Comodo Antivirus is one of the best free antiviruses and now the good news is that it makes its way into the list of best free antivirus for Windows 8. It has all the features you can ask for- heuristic scanning, removable drive scanning and real time scanning which means that files are scanned for threats before you can use them. It is mostly free of alerts and notifications and offers a very simple user interface.
ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall :
ZoneAlarm firewalls are amongst the best in their function in the paid category, but the free security solution is also noteworthy. It has tried to give both a good antivirus and powerful firewall and the best feature of ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is that it offers all round protection, online and offline. Some of the other features are Malware detection, malware blocking and online protection but it is reported that it tends to slow down your computer a bit.
Bitdefender is well known and trusted security products brand for Windows home and enterprise editions. The best thing is that it is available for free too. They have released a free version of their Antivirus edition that protects your computer from any kind viruses and malwares. They have made this antivirus software publicly free to protect computer of those people who cannot afford or are not willing to pay for any kind of security solution.