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22/10/2013 06:49 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 18:56 GMT

Free Virus Software: How to Protect Your Business on a Budget

Keeping your business running on a budget isn't always the easiest task. However, you can keep your business computer safe from viruses by using free virus protection software. There are a lot of options out there, so how do you know what is the best? Take a look at some of the top free virus protection software options for your business.

Keeping your business running on a budget isn't always the easiest task. However, you can keep your business computer safe from viruses by using free virus protection software. There are a lot of options out there, so how do you know what is the best? Take a look at some of the top free virus protection software options for your business.

Avast Free Edition 2013

Not only does Avast scan for viruses, but also for spyware. One of the great things about Avast is that there is a support tool that allows users to both get and receive support from other users. This software is very good at blocking websites and downloads with malicious content. The phishing protection is not as good as some other virus scanners, however. While Avast offers a free version, they also have a few paid options with more security options for users.

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10.5

With an easy, quick installation, Ad-Aware is as simple to use as it is to download. Not only does it block malware, it cleans up problems that may already be on the computer. This software is considered one of the best free antivirus options by PC Magazine. One of the downsides of Ad-Aware Free is that its anti-phishing doesn't work very well against newer phishing techniques and sites. Along with the virus protection, Ad-Aware offers ID monitoring for about $10/month.

Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a program that you'll want to have along with any antivirus software you choose. This software works as a type of backup. It can help detect malware and viruses that are deeply embedded in your computer, that other virus protection software may have missed. On top of this, many antivirus software programs leave behind bits and pieces. Malwarebytes picks these up and gets rid of them. The increase of satellite internet services has brought with it the increase of virus protection software. If you want your business computers to be as clean as possible, Malwarebytes is the perfect addition to any other software you use.

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013

AVG has long been considered one of the best free antivirus software options. The download is quick and easy. The user interface is easy to understand and has very little learning curve. AVG can protect computers from viruses and malware in a variety of ways. The active scanning is one of the best on the market, and can keep you from downloading virus infected items, even the day after the virus has been reported. One of the most important pieces of this or any antivirus software is that you need to keep it updated.

Antivirus protection is crucial to your business. If your computers get infected, it can hurt your company in a variety of ways. Sensitive information can be stolen, customer contacts can be sold, and more. On top of that, if you were to get a virus that simply stopped the computers from working, you would need to invest in getting new hardware, which is expensive and frustrating.

 

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