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Freeware Group: Anti-Virus & Firewalls
Products to keep your pc safe, including Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware & Firewalls

Name / Type
Avast!
Anti-Virus
Website / Creator
Alwil Software
Information
Excellent Free AntiVirus software for home users. Runs quietly in the background and doesn't use all your system resources. When you first load the software, it offers to run a boot scan (restart your pc and it runs before windows boots up) to check your system - handy if you are loading onto a pc that has already been running for a while.
Ade's Comments
Great Anti-Virus software which runs quietly in the background and doesn't seem to take up system resources - even when getting the latest updates. Integrates very well with Outlook and has verious setting levels for each of the 7 engines running. You need to register on the Alwil site each year to get your license key (you only need to enter your email address). Highly recommended
Date Added
28/01/2009
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Name / Type
PC Tools Firewall
Firewall
Website / Creator
PC Tools
Information
Easy to use Firewall
Ade's Comments
A very east to use firewall, with good system protection. When you first install the program, the system will need to learn what programs you want to allow access to the internet (as with all firewalls), but PCTools Firewall doesn't seem as annoying as other firewalls I've used!
Date Added
29/01/2009
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Name / Type
Spyware Terminator
Anti Spyware
Website / Creator
Crawler
Information
Spyware is software that is capable of performing certain operations on your computer without your consent, such as displaying advertisements, collecting your personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer. Spyware Terminator is capable of scanning your pc to find such malicious software and quarantine/removing it from your system. It also has realtime protection to keep you safe as you surf and run programs.
Ade's Comments
Good Spyware protection. Automatically updates and rund scheduled system scans. Includes HIPS (Host Intrusion Provention System), which will check the characteristics of any software that installs and try and decide if it thinks it is spyware - this can bring up false positives. Great "Free" protection - also includes the crawler web browser bar (optional install).
Date Added
01/02/2009
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Name / Type
Comodo
Security Suite
Website / Creator
Comodo Security Solutions
Information
Comodo offer a load of security software completely free. What was once Comodo Firewall is now Comodo Internet Security, which adds Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware into the package (note: If you already have Anti-Virus software on your pc, it is recommended that you disable the Comodo AV).
Ade's Comments
Good firewall with easy interface. I didn't like the version with the Anti-Virus so much - preferring to use Avast! with PCTools Firewall. But the Comodo product has been around for quite a while and offers great protection.
Date Added
13/02/2009
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Name / Type
AVG Free
Anti-Virus
Website / Creator
AVG Technologies
Information
AVG has, for a long time, provided home users with a free version of their anti virus software. The protection levels are good and with the most recent version, Anti-Spyware and a safe surf tool bar are also included.
Ade's Comments
There was a point a few years back when version 7 first appeared, that I stopped recommending AVG, as it had got very resource hungry. It is not quite so bad now, although it can slow down your initial startup due to updating the virus index files.
Date Added
01/04/2009
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Name / Type
Panda Coud AntiVirus
Security Suite
Website / Creator
Panda
Information
Free antiVirus software that uses the internet cloud, so it is extremely light on system resources and does not require the download of signature files. This makes it ideal for use with low spec systems such as Netbooks. This is Panda's first entry into a Freely available security product. They are a highly resspected security software company - I have been using Panda in the business environment for about 7 years.
Ade's Comments
I was getting a new netbook ready for someone and needed to add some antivirus/anti malware protection. I'm a huge fan of Avast!, but wanted to know if there was something more suitable for Netbooks (due to their smaller processors). This seems like the ideal solution - all the updating and processing is done in the cloud, making it very streamline. We'll have to wait and see how good it is.
Date Added
26/02/2010
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Name / Type
Microsoft Security Essentials
Security Suite
Website / Creator
Microsoft
Information
Microsoft have finally brought out a security product, Security Essentials, and it's completely free (providing your are running a genuine copy of Windows). It protects from Viruses, Spyware and Malware.
Ade's Comments
I have not used this product myself, but hope to try it out shortly. It was about time that microsoft brought out security software, and I'm glad that it is free (you need to run genuine advantage during the install). Reports are that the protection is good, but it can be a bit slow when running scans - it runs better in Windows 7 than XP. It could be suitable for Netbooks that are running Windows 7.
Date Added
26/02/2010
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Name / Type
Kingsoft Antivirus
Anti-Virus
Website / Creator
Kingsoft
Information
Looking for free security software that is uber light? Kingsoft offer this cloud based security software which is small in size, fast in speed - it's ideal for netbooks and slower systems (as well as fast ones!). Lightening quick scans too! It will also check all downloads and USB devices that are plugged into you computer. You can add this to your pc/laptop even if you already have a security system installed - usually, adding more than one anti-virus/security suite is a very bad idea, but due tol the thin nature of this system, you can happily run it along side other software as an additional line of defence.
Ade's Comments
Great piece of fast security software. It really is ideal for pretty much anay system - especially netbooks.

UPDATE: Alas, Kingsoft Antivirus is now only available in Chinese Language. Their excellent Office Suite is still available.
Date Added
22/02/2013
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