6 free antivirus solutions to keep your PC clean

Microsoft Security Essentials is a great antivirus produced ( as its name is saying ) by Windows’ mother company – Microsoft. It is a software that will keep the malware away from your computer.

The installation process is very simple and does not asks you to restart the PC ( as most antivirus programs do ). After the installation process the software will auto update the latest virus and spyware definitions. It has 3 scan options : Quick, Full and Custom. On the home screen you can also access scan scheduler that allows you to plan scan schedule depending on your activities.

History tab will keep the records for All detected items that were found on your PC, for Quarantined items that were disable during scans in order to prevent them running and Allowed items that were marked as being suspicious by Microsoft Security Essentials but you considered them false alarms and allowed them to run.

The Settings tab includes a lot of options like:
– Default actions to be taken when a certain threat is found
– Real-time protection options
– Excluded files and location – locations to be skipped by scanning procedure
– Excluded file types – files to be skipped by scanning procedure
– Excluded processes – processes to be skipped by scanning procedure
– Advanced settings
– Microsoft SpyNet – you have the option to join the online community that can help you react to potential threats

You can download Microsoft Security Essentials in 2 versions : Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit .

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a well known solution that removes any malware – no matter how new of sophisticated it is. It is able to detect and erase any type of threat : spyware, rootkits, rogues, worms, dialers, trojans.

The program interface is very simple and intuitive. On the first tab you can choose between performing a Quick Scan, a Full Scan or a Flash Scan. Choose one of the option and press Scan. The scanning process will start and you can pause it or stop at any time. When the process finishes the application will pop up a text report including all the details.

The software monitors the PC in real time, as the protection module starts together with Windows. The scheduler lets you plan the scans depending on your calendar in order to not stress the system too much by performing simultaneous tasks.

The settings tab allows you to customize general settings, scanner settings, updater settings and scheduler settings.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a must have for any computer – especially if you are connected most of the time to the Internet and receive a lot of emails.

You can download the application here .

Norman Malware Cleaner is an easy to install and run antivirus that detects and destroys viruses fakeAV and worms with high efficiency. A small disadvantage comes from the installation kit ( Norman_Malware_Cleaner.exe ) size of ~ 170 MB but, on the other hand, the application is very easy to use.

This solution is not a substitute for a standard antivirus, but a complementary tool that will help you remove the undetected malware. The software does not need to be installed – it runs as a portable application.

It has 4 scanning modes : Quick – for active malware, Normal – for most common files scanning, Full – scans all files and Custom – where you specify the scanning areas.

The scanning process is very fast and the detected malware is removed immediately. All the actions are reported in Results tab. The malware cleaner can be downloaded from here.

Dr.WEB CureIt! is a smart solution that will detect the infected files on your system and, as its name is saying, will ( try to ) cure them by removing the virus code. It does not need to be installed – it runs when you execute the launch.exe file ( ~ 80 BM ).

As most of the antivirus solutions it has 3 scanning option : Express, Complete and Custom. Because of the fact that its heuristic algorithm is quite complex it takes a while until a complete scanning operation finishes.

The interface is very simple for such a strong antivirus and Dr.WEB detects the installed operation system and adapts the GUI accordingly.

You can download Dr.WEB CureIt! from here .

McAfee AVERT Stinger is a specialized product for malware removal. It removes a long list of worms, backdoors and malware, including: BackDoor-CEB, BackDoor-CEB!bat, BackDoor-CFB, BackDoor-JZ, BackDoor-JZ.dam, BackDoor-JZ.dr, Exploit-DcomRpc, IPCScan, W32/Bagle.eml, W32/Nimda, W32/Zotob.worm, W32/Zotob.worm!hosts. Daily, McAfee adds new threats that can be removed with this tool.

The 8 MB file stinger.exe does not need installation. It has a single window where you can start the scanning, access preferences and list viruses.

The software can be downloaded from here (stinger32.exe – 10.6MB)

Blue Atom Antivirus is an antivirus developed by Alvin Leonardo. The software does not need to be installed and the interface is very simple and intuitive. It protects the system in real time and its database include 40% Indonesian viruses an 60% international virus signatures.

If you want to download this antivirus click here .

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