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The Best Free Spyware/Antivirus Firewall Protection Programs On the Market Today

written by: MD Weems•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 12/2/2010

Looking for another way to protect your computer, files, pictures, and your life that is stored on your hard drive without spending hundreds? Here are our top 3 picks for the best free spyware antivirus firewall protection programs out there when it comes to free spyware and free antivirus software.

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    Free Antivirus Software - Is It Really True?

    Yes, there are really tons of great free spyware antivirus firewall protection programs out there online today and you can download any one of them. But, if you don't know what you're doing or if you haven't done your homework, you can be headed for a huge disaster - as well as some major hacking. So, how do you prevent those free antivirus programs from overtaking your computer? Easy, make sure that you know which ones to use and which to steer clear of. Here are our top three picks for the best free antivirus and free spyware programs online today.

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    #1: Avira AntiVir Personal Edition

    Screenshot of Avira's Virus Information If you are looking for a free antivirus that is super easy to use and really good at actually catching the viruses and spyware that can infect your computer, then you want to try Avira AntiVir Personal Edition. It is very light when it comes to resources and files that download to your computer so you don't have to worry about bogging down your system. It's also excellent when it comes to catching things, and the detection rate for malware is downright superb. In fact, it catches way more than AVG Free does hands down.

    Of course, there are a couple of drawbacks with Avira. One is that it doesn't do web or email scanning, which really stinks for those that need these - which pretty much everyone does. If you opt for the paid version of this free antivirus software, then it will cover you there too. Don't worry though - if you are unlucky enough to open up an email or website that does have a virus in it, Avira will jump immediately and rid you of the pesky bug. Overall, I give Avira a solid 5 out of 5 because it's one of the easiest free antivirus programs to download, use, and it has an excellent "help" option that will show you the latest viruses out there each day.

    Screenshot courtesy of: MD Weems - http://www.avira.com/

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    #2: Microsoft Security Essentials

    microsoftsecurityessentialshome-thumb Here is another superb free antivirus software program that you can easily download and use without much computer security knowledge at all. You will find that it has an excellent rate of catching just about everything possible, even rootkits. And, you will also find that there are very few "false positives" when it comes to some of the software that you have downloaded on your computer. You can read a review of MS Security Essentials right here on Bright Hub.

    For those that are average users of a computer (i.e. not a business or major computer guru), this is an excellent free antivirus, free spyware software program as it really doesn't require much interaction from you to get it running. But, it can have a very slow scan speed and the amount of time that it takes to quarantine malware that it finds isn't really the best. Also, some countries don't allow this free antivirus, so make sure that you check before you try to download. It gets a 5 out of 5 for its ease of use and its abilities to work flawlessly with your Windows computer.

    Screenshot courtesy of MD Weems: http://www.addictivetips.com/

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    #3: Avast! Free Antivirus

    avast This is probably the most popular one on my list and one that I use as well. It's very easy to download, and an easy to set up and use free antivirus software that even beginners will find easy to control. Its protection easily pars the other two on my list and it has most of the real-time features that you really need if you are a heavy computer user. For example, it has a web scanner, popup blocker, IM scanner, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and even behavioral blockers. Plus, it's light on your computer as well. Read a full review of this free antivirus Avast! here on Bright Hub.

    Of course, some people say that it doesn't catch everything and it's easy to have another free antivirus program with this one to catch the rest. You can leave it to scan on a regular or set basis, or do on-demand scans that can be run for tons of different things that might be affecting your baby. It gets a 5 out of 5 as well because it is so easy to use and it includes so many great features for a free antivirus, free spyware program.

    Screenshot courtesy of MD Weems: http://avast-antivirus.software.informer.com/screenshot/31120/