We’re well into the era where you don’t go out to a bar/club without carrying a packet of condoms on you right? So why is it that so many people still feel like taking their brand spanking new PCs out on the untamed roads of the Internet without carrying some sort of protection?
As anyone in the business of PCs will tell you, not having a anti-virus application installed on your machine if you are intending to connect it to a network is tantamount to committing PC suicide. The problem is of course, that the majority of good anti-virus applications are quite expensive, thus putting them out of the reach of most small home owners. So what to do?
Well, there certainly are a couple of free ones out there like ClamWin that does a fair job, but to perhaps get the best protection which money can’t buy (because its free), you could always look towards AVG, one of the most popular anti-virus vendors around. In order to get some buy-in on their pretty good commercial releases as well as understanding the fact that it is better to try and tame the Internet wherever you can if you can help it, they offer alongside their commercial releases a slightly stripped down version of their anti-virus software entitled AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.
Perfect for the home user, AVG comes bundles with all the necessary tools like on-access scanner, email-scanner, deep scanner, etc. and after a slightly hefty download of about 78mb turns out to be a piece of cake install that even the most basic of computer users can manage. The application is kept up to date with new virus definitions on an almost daily basis and apart from the little advertising banner stuck on the bottom of the main interface, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is almost perfect.
Highly recommended, particularly if you aren’t yet running an anti-virus piece of software on that neglected home computer of yours!
(Oh, and have I mentioned they even have a version for Linux?)
You can download the latest releases here. There, now don’t you feel a whole lot safer already? :)
Related Link: http://free.avg.com/za-en/download