Free, Effective, Antivirus Software
As most people know, having Antivirus software installed on your computer helps to keep your personal information, as well as your computer, safe. What most people do not realize is that most commercial antivirus software is not only expensive, but uses up a ton of your precious system resources. Others avoid using antivirus software because of this, and get themselves into just as much speed trouble by allowing their computer to be infected. Is it a catch 22, or is there a way to be safe and fast?
The open source community has blessed the computer users of the world with several solutions to this conundrum. Powered by the people and not corporate money, two wonderful programs, in particular, have emerged.
If you want some of the fancy features of paid virus protection, and you want to "donate" to the free virus protection cause, you can purchase the retail version of AVG antivirus. However, this is not necessary, even to receive the best protection. Free AVG is the preferred antivirus of thousands of seasoned computer users across the globe, not just because its free, but because it uses minimal computer resources and is very good at what it does. You can download the Free AVG software here.
Another one of the most popular free antivirus solutions is Avast! Antivirus which comes in two flavors: The (paid) professional edition, and the (free) home edition. Avast! Antivirus requires you to register a valid email address (which is kept private) and enter a "trial" serial key within 60 days of installing the software. The key is good for one year at a time. After one year, you may elect to continue using the software for yet another year, and so on and so forth. You are never required to pay for it, and the service is excellent. You may download Avast! Antivirus here.