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Free anti malware

Free Anti-Malware

By Cameron beckfield

Types of anti malware
Types of Anti-Malware

  • Anti-virus scanning software

    • On-demand vs. Real-time

    • Heuristics vs. Signature

  • Firewalls

  • Sandbox/Virtualization

Anti virus scanning
Anti-virus Scanning

  • Many companies review this software

    • CNET, PC Magazine, etc.


    • Independent non-profit organization

Free anti virus scanning
Free Anti-virus Scanning

  • Most popular free anti-virus:

  • AVG

  • Avira

  • Avast

  • Panda Cloud Antivirus

  • Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE)

Malicious file detection
Malicious File Detection

Ranking: Avira, Panda, AVG, Avast, MSSE

Heuristic detection unknown malware
Heuristic Detection (Unknown Malware)

Ranking: Avira, Panda, AvastAVG & Microsoft opted-out

Malware removal
Malware Removal

Ranking: Avira, Avast-Panda (tie), MicrosoftAVG opted-out

Performance impact on system
Performance (Impact on System)

Ranking: Avira, Avast, AVG,

Microsoft, Panda

NOTE: MSSE was used as a baseline, had an impact of around 5.2

Real world protection
Real-World Protection

Ranking: Panda, AVIRA,

Avast, AVG, Microsoft

Final results
Final Results

  • Final ranking order: Avira, Panda, Avast, AVG, Microsoft

  • Ranking does not indicate everything

    • User friendliness

    • Plugins/other abilities (firewall, etc.)

    • Browser notifications

    • How annoying it is (popups, noises, ads, etc.)

Mac anti virus
Mac Anti-Virus

  • Not much to go on

  • Avast and Sophos are recommended

King of on demand scanning
King of On-Demand Scanning

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  • Best on-demand scanning

  • Real-time scanning is available in the premium version

Firewall software
Firewall Software

  • Windows has a firewall built-in to the OS

  • Many paid antivirus scanning software also include firewalls

  • Free solutions:

    • Comodo Internet Security

    • ZoneAlarm

  • Suggested to just stick to the Windows firewall

Sandboxes and virtualization
Sandboxes and Virtualization

  • Sandbox software

    • Run individual programs in a protected quarantine

    • Good for your web browser, suspicious programs, etc.

    • Good performance, slightly inconvenient

  • Virtual Machine

    • Run your entire operating system within a virtual machine

    • Poor performance, very inconvenient, very safe (if properly configured and ran)


  • Not a large amount of software available

  • Sandboxie is highly suggested


  • Fairly easy to use, low performance cost

Virtual machine
Virtual Machine

  • Two real options

    • VMware Player

    • Oracle VirtualBox

  • VirtualBox is open source

  • VMware Player has better graphics support

  • VMware Player is, in my opinion, generally easier to use