Antivirus software is one of the first things you should install on a new PC, and top quality protection can be yours completely free. We’ve updated our roundup of the best free security software so you know you’re getting the very best protection for your data and your personal information.
It’s fair to suggest that Windows 10’s built-in antivirus solution, Windows Defender, is the last free AV app you should trust to keep your system clean. Not that it’s overtly bad – although it does tail behind just about every third-party antivirus solution – but because it has a big target painted on it for attackers.
Windows users who haven’t installed something hardier are the perfect hosts for viruses; attack the weak links, attack through the chinks in the one piece of software armour these weak links have by default, and you’re in.
That’s why we’ve dropped Defender from our list of free antivirus apps in this latest update of our free AV roundup. You need more than it can offer. If you’re not running advanced virus detection, zero-day virus protection, anti-malware, anti-ransomware and other security essentials, you’re not doing it right and leave yourself open to infections and identity theft.
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