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By James Fisher for Windows Talk
One of the most important considerations for PC users is protecting their systems against viruses, spyware, rootkit infections and all other forms of malware. The best way to approach hardware, software, and network security is to employ common sense: not opening spammy email attachments, avoiding illegal software and dangerous downloads, etc. But even with these precautions, malware can still rear it’s ugly head. And nothing can set you back on a project more than a system crash. Here are five top-notch and free antivirus software programs for Windows:
Avast! Free Antivirus
This program has a sea scroll of protection features, including “shields”, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, Virus Chest, SafeZone, an Intrusion Detection System, cloud services for virus database information, and real-time protection. Now in Version 7, Avast is compatible with XP, SP2, Vista, and Windows 7.
AVG Free Antivirus
This program also provides a variety of malware solution, such as Identity Protection, Anti-Virus plus Firewall, Anti-Rootkit and other admin tools.. AVG 9 also uses cloud services with their signature-based blocking to protect against white listing. The patent for its real-time LinkScanner technology is still pending.
This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.
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