This year, five free antivirus products are honored including Avast Free Antivirus 5, Avira AntiVir Personal Free AntiVirus 10, Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0, Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 and Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.0 thanks to their well-designed interface design, fast scan speed and great malware detection.
Avast Free Antivirus 5
Avast Free Antivirus 5 is ranked No. 1 in the 2011 list of five free Antivirus software products thanks to its easy installation process, well-designed interface design, quick scan speed and minimal impact on system performance. Major benefits of using the software are disinfecting a PC, abolishing all active components of malware infections 80 percent of the time and detecting all infections on your test PC. However, its malware detection isn’t the best.
Avast Free Antivirus is a well-rounded free antivirus package
Avira AntiVir Personal Free AntiVirus 10
Avira AntiVir Personal Free AntiVirus 10 is famous for its great malware detection and block as well as quick scan speed. However, its major disadvantage is unfriendly main interface. The latest version was given 3.5 out of 5 stars by PC Magazine Neil J. Rubenking.
The Avira AntiVir Personal Antivirus detected 98.9% percent of malware rate in August 2009 and was the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0
Although Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 features an easy-to-use interface, its scan speed is low and malware detection only gets mediocre. It received the Bronze award for proactive detection of 55% of new/unknown malware, the Silver award for low false-positives (six) and the Bronze award for overall performance by AV-Comparatives.org.
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The Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 hasn't kept pace with newer antivirus products when it comes to detecting malware
Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0
Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 is excellent at detecting known malware and easy to use but its scan speeds are rather low. It can fight malware attacks from malicious Websites or e-mails and completely blocked 68 percent of attacks.
The 1.9.1 Beta version of Panda Cloud Antivirus isavailable and totally free here
Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.3 update is said to be able to improve its attack-blocking capabilities than the current version
Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.0
Ranked the fifth in the list, Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.0 successfully blocked brand-new malware and included a firewall but its overall detection performance was inconsistent.
The Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.0 features a new user interface theme, application sandboxing and the ability to easily take system snapshots or create restore points
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