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Best Free Antivirus Solutions for Windows and MAC (2020)

Get your device protected for free

While #WorkFromHome is becoming a trend nowadays and most employees are using their personal devices to connect to their company IT resources, employees must take the necessary measures to protect their own devices as well as their company resources. One of the basic measures is to have an antivirus from a reputable vendor.

And if you are a little short on cash or have online payment difficulties, don’t worry, most of the antivirus vendors provide a free version of their antivirus solution. Free antivirus protection is definitely better than no protection.  In this article I will provide you with a list of the best free antivirus solutions and where to find them.

Bitdefender Free

Bitdefender has been topping the charts of Antivirus technologies in the past years. Their best selling point is that their antivirus solution runs at maximum speed without slowing down the PC. As most Antivirus vendors, Bitdefender does offer a free version of their antivirus with baseline protection against viruses and other types of malware. However if basic protection is not enough for you and you want other features such as VPN, priority support, device optimizer, parental control, ransomware protection, you have to go for Bitdefender Premium Security, selling at around $150 per year for 10 devices.

Kaspersky Security Cloud – Free

In addition to core protection, Kaspersky labs have extended their free antivirus security with plenty of additional tools including the following:

  • Secure Connection (VPN): Automatically detects unsafe public Wi-Fi and switches on VPN to protect your emails, chats & data. It comes with a limited data quota, and it is legally not permitted in some countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Qatar, and China.
  • Account Check: Monitors your online accounts for data leaks.
  • Password Management: Securely store and auto-fill your passwords and generates strong new ones.
  • Personalized Security Alerts: Automatically alerts you about security threats & unsafe settings – and advises if you need to take action.

With all these features Kaspersky Security Cloud looks like a good option to protect your windows device for free. If you reside in the middle east, you can download it from the below link.

As for the paid versions, you can get Kaspersky Total Security sells for around $40 per device per year.

AVG Free Antivirus

AVG was one of the first antivirus companies to provide a free version of their antivirus back in the 2000s, and this has not changed in 2020. They still provide basic protection against viruses and malware for Windows, MAC, Android, and iOS. However, if you are looking for protection against ransomware, wifi security, web browsing security, and VPN you have to go for AVG ultimate version selling at $119.99 per device per year.

AVAST Free Antivirus

AVAST is also another award-winning antivirus solution that provides a free edition of their antivirus solution for all major platforms (Windows, MAC, iOS, and Android). While AVAST Premium Security edition provides complete online protection at around $70 for one device per year. And you can save big in bulk,  it sells at around $90 for 10 devices per year.

Conclusion

These were some of the major vendors providing free antivirus protection. Other famous antivirus vendors have different strategies providing free trials and virus removal tools. Other antivirus vendors list includes McAfee, Norton, F-Secure, VIPRE, and Trend Micro.

If you are not willing to pay for Antivirus solutions and don’t need any of the premium features, I wish that this article will help you find the best free antivirus protection that fits your PC or MAC. Also, if you have any other free antivirus recommendation, please share it in the comments below, unless you’re a Linux user!

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Nizar Hakeem

Technologist, computer and communications engineering graduate, certified in the governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), AWS Cloud, and ITIL with 12+ years of solid experience in information technology systems infrastructure and a unique mix of both technical and business skills. Blogging about technology, movies, travel, and food!

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