Freeware Antivirus: How Do They Stack Up?

Dennis Faas's picture

Back in May of 2005, I read that my favorite freeware antivirus program (Grisoft AVG) was changing to shareware ("try and buy") with the release of their next version.

I was panic-stricken!

That set me to looking for a new freeware antivirus alternative. Not too long after my search, I was amazed to find that there were in fact two viable alternatives to Grisoft, inlcuding: avast! and AntiVir.

I personally settled on using Avast! antivirus, and have been using it ever since. On a related note: it turned out that Grisoft AVG continued to offer a free edition, after all.

If you're curious as to how all three freeware antivirus products stack up against each other, be sure to check out this freeware antivirus review by Mary Landesman.

I've used all three products in the past few years and I recommend each one. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with any of them.

avast! Home Edition

AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

AVG Free Edition

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