Every PC should be running some sort of anti-malware software. There’s really no arguing about it.
AVG recently announced a free version (8.0) which contains both anti virus and anti spyware. Unfortunately the free version lacks proactive scanning of browsing links to block malicious URLs (which contain spam/keyloggers).
AVG free offers fast scanning since spyware/antivirus engines are integrated. Another good thing is that it has a low load on the system. It also comes with safe search – each time you search online, Safe Search checks the results on the fly to give you an immediate idea of which websites are safe to visit. Of course, many search engines have this feature as well.
The limitations of the free version are,
- No real time link scanning.
- This cannot be installed on Windows server versions.
- No technical support
AVG anti-virus free 8.0 can be downloaded from here.
In addition, if you would like fully functional endpoint security software, eEye Digital Security offers Blink for non-business use. Blink is actually an excellent endpoint security package. I reviewed the professional edition for PC Magazine here. I’ve been running the free version on my Vista machine at home and I’m very pleased with it. This is not a semi-crippled product like AVG. This is fully operational and is available at http://www.eeye.com/html/consumer/products/blink/download/index.html