In case you have been living under a rock for a pst couple of weeks, the net has been infected by what's supposedly the biggest bug attack in the history of the web -- dubbed Heartbleed. And if you are looking to find out who all have been exposed by the bug, head over here with your fingers crossed.
However, moving away from the general issue of Heartbleed for the moment, even before that the net has been subjected to a host of different bugs and viruses that have proved quite costly as they tend to expose all your private data and information.
It's quite needless to say that all it takes is one nasty virus to expose your financial details to hackers or even stop your computer from working at all.
But there's no need to worry or ponder over that as all you need here is the best antivirus software possible that will protect your computer from all kinds of threats at all time.
And luckily for you, some of the best softwares currently in the market are all completely free. But although they are free, not all have the right kind of capabilities to protect your system in the same way.
So which should be the antivirus programs that you should look to have on your system to stay protected at all times? Here's a list of the top 5 free antivirus programs that you could consider in the long run.
AVG AntiVirus Free 2014
AntiVirus Free 2014 from AVG is one of the best free antivirus software tools around and is easily one of the most popular antivirus programs of all time.
AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 works on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, and includes an email scanner, link scanner, scheduled scanning options, automatic updates, and more.
The best thing, however, is that there's no need to pay for the program as it's absolutely free for download.
Baidu Antivirus 2014
Baidu's Antivirus 2014 is probably one of the most lightweight antivirus programs that are currently out there. It's basically known for fighting malware via its cloud-based virus database.
Baidu Antivirus 2014 (we are talking about version 4.4) works in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, and automatically updates and scans USB devices and the Windows registry.
It also comes with a built-in cloud file scanner for uploading suspicious files to Baidu for full scanning.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ supports Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, and is perfect example of an always on antivirus that comes completely free of cost.
While the program does lack few of the essential antivirus tools that you see so much dominant in others, it's still a pretty solid option for keeping your system protected at all times.
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft's Security Essentials tool is probably one of the most popular and pre-dominant antivirus programs of all time. And although (comparatively) new in the market, it's still a great antivirus program that protects you from a host of malwares.
Microsoft's Security Essentials, which is extremely easy to use and get used to, supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Also it is to be noted here that the anti-malware protection in MSE is part of the built-in Windows Defender tool in Windows 8.
The free Amiti Antivirus is probably known for its dedicated scanning feature and also supports as many as four different scan types. Apparently, one of those scan types can check for viruses that are in the memory.
The Amiti Antivirus can be used with Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.