No doubt we were all relieved when Windows 7 came out and although not being so popular, Windows 8 was a good upgrade. Whether you have come to love Windows 8 or are among the ‘haters’, there is one thing you have to love about the version-it’s security feature: Windows defender. The question is: will this built-in antivirus be all you’ll ever need? After multiple tests done by software labs, Windows 8’s antivirus isn’t still as good as the leading antivirus programs around.
This being said, it would still be safe and wise to install a third party antivirus for your Windows 8. Here are some tips to find the best Anti Virus software for you.
AV-Test is an independent IT security institute that conducts antivirus tests to evaluate performance. Factors such as how well they detect and block malware and deal with existing viruses are taken into consideration. Before choosing an antivirus software for your Windows 8, find out how well the program performed on the AV-test.
Check Software Features
It is always good to find an antivirus software program that comes with other perks as well. Things such as the ability to protect you from phishing or threats that come via instant messaging are some of the features to look out for. Try and get a software program that fits your needs as a user.
Top Free Antivirus Software for Windows 8
There is a wide range of choices when it comes to Free antivirus programs but we will only mention the top five. ‘Top’ based on popularity and the number of downloads.
1. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
This free antivirus has been optimized specifically for Windows 8 and is loved for it’s light-weight running ability that does not slow the performance of your PC like other antivirus software usually do. Your PC is scanned when idle which allows you to have the full capacity while you work. Bitdefender also has no irritating commercials.
2. AVG Free
This has been and continues to be one of the favorite antivirus software programs available for free online. The free edition keeps your PC running smoothly and promptly detects and stops any malware. It is also known for having an easy to use dashboard that allows you to perform tasks such as scanning etc.
3. Avast Free Antivirus 8
The latest version of Avast has an interesting option of installing Google drive on your PC by default. Its custom installation allows you to select the components you want to install which gives it a very customized approach. Avast also has a browser cleanup option that enables you to uninstall toolbars that are installed in your system.
4. Avira Free Antivirus
Avira antivirus comes with features including real time protection, anti ad spyware, browser tracking blocker and website safety advisor. These features keep your PC free from Trojans, worms and viruses that may find their way to your PC through ads and the like. It also has enables you to surf the web safely and keep track of web activities.
5. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free
This is the first cloud based antivirus software that is extremely light. It is connected in real time to PandaLabs which makes it capable of responding and getting rid of malware faster without affecting the performance of your PC.
There are literally hundreds of antivirus software programs out there that do work. The thing to remember is we all have our different priorities depending on the way we use our PC’s and will therefore require different antivirus services. On this note, the mentioned five may not be what you had in mind still, they have received ample feedback and we feel they are worth your attention.