What are the best antivirus for PC?

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    Amalia Martínez
    Written on October 24, 2018
    "I had a damaged flash drive with a bunch of photos on it of my family. I needed to get the data off of it, so I used Stellar Data Recovery. It got all my photos for me perfectly. I will be using it again if something like this comes up."
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      AVG Antivirus
      Complete, quick and efficient, AVG is a security tool with plenty of features and a friendly interface.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Rodolfo Ayala
      Written on January 21, 2017
      "I have used AVG Antivirus for a few years now. I like this program because the basic version doesn't cost any money and it's easy to install and use. It lets me know..."
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      Rodolfo Ayala
      Written on January 21, 2017
      "I have used AVG Antivirus for a few years now. I like this program because the basic version doesn't cost any money and it's easy to install and use. It lets me know if there is a threat to my computer and I can choose to isolate/delete the threat or not."
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      Sean Bradley
      Written on January 23, 2017
      "This is one of the better antivirus applications I've used over the years. It's quiet and non-obtrusive. When an antivirus app is installed, I shouldn't even know it's running. Good deal."
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      Aaron Kelly
      Written on January 2, 2017
      "I like this page better than the one for Avira. Maybe it's the dad holding his little daughter that suckered me in. WTG. I like free."
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      Gary Lopez
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "While the webpage offers a free download of AVG Antivirus it does not give any performance metrics. I would have like to see more details in terms of features and less assumptions of my needs."
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      Donna McRoberts
      Written on June 28, 2018
      "I got rid of AVG as it was hacked & warned to change"
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      Kaspersky Anti-Virus

      Kaspersky Total Security is a malware detection and removal tool developed by Kaspersky Lab. It is specifically designed for detecting and protecting a PC against harmful viruses, ransomware, anti-spyware programs, trojans, and other security threats.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      $59.99

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      William Moreno
      Written on March 2, 2017
      "I really love this anti-virus software because it took care of my virus on my computer within minutes and it was so easy to use. It also continues to update and scan for..."
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      William Moreno
      Written on March 2, 2017
      "I really love this anti-virus software because it took care of my virus on my computer within minutes and it was so easy to use. It also continues to update and scan for virus' on a regular basis without causing my computer to slow down."
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      Johnny Hanson
      Written on January 4, 2017
      "This is the BEST Anti-Virus software available! It's extremely affordable, and keeps out every virus that's out there. Easy setup and easy to use - I don't know a lot about how to work computers and even I understand how to use this - I definitely recommend Kaspersky!"
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      Arjun Bose
      Written on January 18, 2017
      "I used Kaspersky when my computer was overrun with viruses after I accidentally clicked on a suspicious link in my email. The viruses were so bad that I could barely even boot my computer up. After I was eventually able to install Kaspersky, the program ran a long scan of my entire hard drive and located about 10 files that were attacking my computer. I was then able to clear my hard drive and get my computer running back to normal. Now Kaspersky protects my computer from myself."
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      Tang Jiang
      Written on February 3, 2017
      "I liked it. A familiar corporate name with a simple message. Protection. I can view this and easily see what they are offering. Transparency."
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      Balam Naatj
      Written on October 1, 2018
      "Kaspersky Anti-Virus does not have a separate option enabling spyware detection because Kaspersky Lab considers Spyware as a subcategory of Malware. ... Kaspersky Antivirus is known for detecting and removing the malicious programs, virus, malware, spyware, Trojan and so on or Visit http://www.hptechsupportnumbers.com/hp-chromebook-laptop/"
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      Avira Free Antivirus
      Avira is an efficient, fast and light-weight antivirus solution for Windows and Mac.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Russell Ortiz
      Written on February 26, 2017
      "Avira is a very useful virus protection service to use for your computer and it is free.I have two friends that been using this program to protect their computer and they..."
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      Russell Ortiz
      Written on February 26, 2017
      "Avira is a very useful virus protection service to use for your computer and it is free.I have two friends that been using this program to protect their computer and they never had any trouble with it.I high recommend it"
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      Stephen Grant
      Written on February 19, 2017
      "Have used this in the past. Works well. Good info page with statistics comparing it to other anti virus programs and I like the installation counter."
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      Louis Diaz
      Written on January 12, 2017
      "No PC is safe without a good antivirus software. Avira has you covered with its reliable, easy to use and free software."
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      Lorenzo Martínez
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "Slow upstarts, slow browsing, slow to veiw pictures, slow to load movies. That's what this thing did to my computer. I thought the AV programs were meant to stop PC slow down, not cause it! This thing conflicted with almost every program i use on a daily basis, from certain browser functions to important needed extensions i use, and even a few games i play. Terrible software that causes as much frustration as it claims to protect against."
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      Avast Free Antivirus

      Protection against malware and viruses with on-the-cloud scanning processes.  

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free - Varies by plan

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      Robert Walters
      Written on January 9, 2017
      "I personally have used Avast for anti virus for over 2 years now. It is easy to use, and it is also effective! I have no had any trouble with viruses during this time period!..."
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      Robert Walters
      Written on January 9, 2017
      "I personally have used Avast for anti virus for over 2 years now. It is easy to use, and it is also effective! I have no had any trouble with viruses during this time period! I would highly recommend it."
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      Richard Fernandez
      Written on February 14, 2017
      "I've used Avast Antivirus for a long time now and I have never gotten a virus! It works great and is very easy to use. The best part is that it runs in the background and doesn't slow down your computer! It has also been tested by many outside organizations and has been given consistent high marks."
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      Jordan Collins
      Written on February 18, 2017
      "Avast is the best antivirus software available! I'd take it over any of those other name brand virus detection softwares out there - it has kept me and my family's computers safe for years, and I would stay loyal to them no matter what!"
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      Sarah Rose
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "I needed the best antivirus for pc. Avast Free Antivirus was something I heard about, and while it was free, it didn't get rid of all the virus issues I had."
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      Panda Free Antivirus

      Panda Antivirus is a light, easy and trusted security tool with real-time threatens updates. 

      Software

      Windows

      Free - Varies by plan

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      Vibhore Rathore
      Written on March 2, 2017
      "Panda provides superior Antivirus protection without taking up valuable space on your hard drive! I especially like that it is compatible with smartphone technology and..."
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      Vibhore Rathore
      Written on March 2, 2017
      "Panda provides superior Antivirus protection without taking up valuable space on your hard drive! I especially like that it is compatible with smartphone technology and updates in real time. Even the subscription price for the deluxe version is considerably less than the purchase price for other comparable antivirus systems."
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      Ángel Madrigal
      Written on January 1, 2017
      "Panda Free does it all for you: works from the cloud, is discrete in the updates and installation with maximum security. This is the new aged anti-virus for the new tech savvy."
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      Harold Day
      Written on January 22, 2017
      "I'm usually skeptical about free software, there are usually many strings attached, adware, spyware, and unwanted tool bars, but I was happy to find this software is clean. It also does a rather thorough job compared to other free virus software. I definitely recommend."
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      Fathy Azzam
      Written on January 11, 2018
      "I HOPE THAT THIS FREE PANDA FREE ANTIVIRUS WELL BE STRONG AND VERY ACTIVE. A LOT OF THANKS TO/FOR YOU ."
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      Carl Williams
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "Panda Free Antivirus is loaded with adware. It installed all sorts of things on my computer that I didn't want or need."
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      360 Total Security
      Complete threats protection with a complete set of features, a nice interface and an unintrusive process. Other features available such as: device acceleration, call & sms filter, etc.
      Software

      Windows, Mac, Android

      Free

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      Donald Freeman
      Written on January 16, 2017
      "360 Total Security was a literal lifesaver for my entire family. Recently our home computer was hacked after my husband fell for a scammer. My husband was having trouble with..."
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      Donald Freeman
      Written on January 16, 2017
      "360 Total Security was a literal lifesaver for my entire family. Recently our home computer was hacked after my husband fell for a scammer. My husband was having trouble with a new computer. He thought that he was contacting Dell direct online since he accessed the Dell site (or so he thought). Anyway, after allowing this imposter to remotely access our computer, we realized that the Dell online site was not real. We were in a panic worrying about what information this imposter stole from us. But, THANK GOD we had 360 Total Security. 360 Total Security notified us about the hacking and saved our lives. Thank you 360!!!"
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      Brian Cox
      Written on January 20, 2017
      "I've had some good work come from 360. It's always nice to be able to have free antivirus and malware protection with the option of upgrading if I wish. It's like being able to try it out and see if you want the full package. I will probably be upgrading to premium myself."
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      Juan Nguyen
      Written on January 4, 2017
      "This definitely has antivirus and much more! I will seriously considering making this my primary antivirus protection on all my computing devices!"
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      Ma Shi
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "I don't use this one. I like malware one better. this just seems like it wants too much control over my computer."
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      Sophos Home Antivirus
      Antivirus and web filter for PC and Mac: high efficiency with an elegant and simple interface.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Brandon Harper
      Written on January 22, 2017
      "Sophos is a great antivirus program. I had been using McAfee, and it was actually pretty useless and pretty expensive -- it would put alerts up if you went to its own website...."
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      Brandon Harper
      Written on January 22, 2017
      "Sophos is a great antivirus program. I had been using McAfee, and it was actually pretty useless and pretty expensive -- it would put alerts up if you went to its own website. Anyway, I definitely wanted to replace it when my contract ran out, so I was really happy to run across Sophos. I don't personally know a lot about these programs, but I was happy to see how highly rated it was by many PC sites and magazines. I feel very comfortable with the security of my computer now. It also has child restrictions, etc., if that interests you, and it runs on Mac and PC (I have a PC, and it's great)."
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      Albert Mason
      Written on February 15, 2017
      "This is easy to setup and the interface is simple which I like. There aren't any annoying pop-ups which I have gotten using other anti virus software."
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      Thomas Tran
      Written on January 11, 2017
      "Using Sophos Home Antivirus is so simple to use! The guided steps on installation and usage made me really comfortable and confident that my computer is safe from malicious malware."
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      Jonathan Walsh
      Written on March 17, 2017
      "I use Sophos Home Antivirus on my desktop Windows PC. It is free, top rated by PCMag.com and works great for keeping malware off of my computer. It is easy to use and just as effective as any paid virus software I have used."
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      Claire Shi
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "i think i'll stick with avg. i don't need to block unwanted websites and i don't need monitor anyone's computer but my own"
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      HitmanPro.Alert
      Subscription-based elite protection against viruses and malware.
      Software

      Windows

      Free - Trial

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      Stephen Newman
      Written on February 20, 2017
      "HitmanPro.Alert is a useful tool because it uses heuristic detection. It is real time, on the fly detection designed to keep you safe before viruses have a chance to infect..."
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      Stephen Newman
      Written on February 20, 2017
      "HitmanPro.Alert is a useful tool because it uses heuristic detection. It is real time, on the fly detection designed to keep you safe before viruses have a chance to infect and spread."
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      Steven Morrison
      Written on January 9, 2017
      "If you're looking for an all-in-one, comprehensive product that will protect you from cyber attacks, HitmanPro is the way to go. I would recommend the Alert version for all comprehensive features. I feel very secure that my laptop is fully protected."
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      Rubén Guillén
      Written on January 19, 2017
      "This product seems pretty interesting, the way it causes some viruses to self terminate. It really does seem like a tiny virus hitman!"
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      Adam Sanders
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "HitmanPro.Alert is a good antivirus for my PC. It provides you with a free 30 day trial that I can use to try it out. It is a subscription based antivirus so you have to pay for the service. It provides you with all the protection of a good antivirus and is a good choice to consider."
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      Frank Kelly
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "There are better options out here people. I tried this and while easy to use, it misses out on some of the most basic protections you can have on a PC. Look elsewhere for your antivirus needs."
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      Baidu Antivirus
      Baidu is a free antivirus for Windows including an offline installer and a security suite.
      Software

      Windows

      Free

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      Brian Lee
      Written on January 18, 2017
      "First off this is a award winning anti-virus protection software and I have loved my time using it. It keeps me safe and secure when browsing on the internet and I have a..."
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      Brian Lee
      Written on January 18, 2017
      "First off this is a award winning anti-virus protection software and I have loved my time using it. It keeps me safe and secure when browsing on the internet and I have a sense of peace and not being up tight about browsing the internet. If you want the best protection for your PC or Laptop then Baidu Antivirus is the way to go!"
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      Richard Cooper
      Written on February 20, 2017
      "Baidu Antivirus is a great virus protector for your computer and I have no problems with it.It is easy to use and very affordable for great protection for your computer."
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      Ernesto Santillán
      Written on February 7, 2017
      "Baidu Antivirus program will keep your computer safe from viruses as well as malware. It is easy to install and run. It automatically updates too."
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      Nathan Shaw
      Written on January 16, 2017
      "it was confusing. I felt like there were just a bunch of ads and nothing explaining what it does."
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      Alice Bradley
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "I have absolutely no trust in this app. Seams like just another app installing malware just so it can tell you malware is present."
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      Microsoft Security Essentials
      Microsoft Security Essential is a basic standalone free antivirus for Windows.
      Software

      Windows

      Free

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      John Turner
      Written on January 3, 2017
      "I found Microsoft security essentials very good for my needs. I install it on all my clients computer as a baseline defense for malware and other dangerous software all over..."
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      John Turner
      Written on January 3, 2017
      "I found Microsoft security essentials very good for my needs. I install it on all my clients computer as a baseline defense for malware and other dangerous software all over the web. It isn't perfect, but for zero cost, it really can't be beat."
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      Mark Banks
      Written on February 1, 2017
      "This is a great tool to use to keep your PC secure. Microsoft is a trusted source with great support for its products. You can be sure that your PC is secure using this product."
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      Willie Davidson
      Written on February 20, 2017
      "This is the exact thing I was looking for. Microsoft Security Essentials is able to help protect my computer and prevent viruses."
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      Daniel Morales
      Written on February 4, 2017
      "This is a great security program to download"
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      Ronald Butler
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "Microsoft Security Essentials bills itself as one of the best protections against viruses. I can think of a few applications, Sophos and Norton among them, that provide better antivirus protection. But on the whole I think Microsoft Security Essentials is a pretty decent complement to those."
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      Balam Naatj
      Written on September 29, 2018
      "Windows Defender automatically runs in the background, scanning files when they’re downloaded, transferred from external drives, and before you open them. For more visit http://www.hptechsupportnumbers.com/hp-chromebook-laptop/"
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      McAfee Total Protection

      McAfee Total Protection safeguards your identity and helps make sure your private life stays that way. It provides antivirus, identity and privacy protection for your PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets—all in one subscription.  

      Software

      Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

      Free - Free trial available

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      Crystal Hudson
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "Free trials are great, but the problem with them is that sometimes we forget to cancel them in time. I am surprised that they don't have a little boy in the picture as well..."
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      Crystal Hudson
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "Free trials are great, but the problem with them is that sometimes we forget to cancel them in time. I am surprised that they don't have a little boy in the picture as well to show that each family should have the 2.5 kids. :)"
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      Betty Moore
      Written on September 23, 2017
      "This fits the bill of what I'm looking for in an antivirus. This solution is right up there as being really good in giving me what I want."
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      Ann Tang
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "McAfee Total Protection seems to be the original and best virus protection. I have always used McAfee and it provides virus as well as privacy protection. I use it on all of my devices on the same subscription and so does my whole family."
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      Carlos Alberto Bautista
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "An antivirus these days is a must for your PC and McAfee Total Protection is the least you could do for your PC security to keep it safe from viruses, and trojans that could compromise your files and privacy."
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      Bitdefender Security & Antivirus
      Bitdefender is a security app that offers a flawless malware protection BUT you can't schedule malware scans. Apart from that, it is well worth it.
      Software

      Windows, Mac, Android

      Free

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      Scott Medina
      Written on February 1, 2017
      "Bitdefender is a great tool for android devices but it is not compatible with a PC running any other type of operating system. You can download it as an app to any device with..."
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      Scott Medina
      Written on February 1, 2017
      "Bitdefender is a great tool for android devices but it is not compatible with a PC running any other type of operating system. You can download it as an app to any device with Android and it will give you real time malware protection. I have it on my tablet and enjoy the peace of mind it gives me."
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      Jose Soto
      Written on October 25, 2017
      "I just had to pay $150 to have my PC cleaned of malware and viruses. The whole time it was running pop up ads and crashing, Bitdefender Security & Antivirus said everything was just fine. I'm definitely switching to something else."
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      Joyce Zou
      Written on April 2, 2017
      "I really like bitdefender because it is free. If you can't afford an antivirus software get this one. It scans your machine and has kept me bug free for months. I'm a heavy down loader so this makes me feel safe."
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      Adaware

      Adaware offers security and privacy solutions like antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and ad-blocking tools. They were formerly known as Lavasoft.  

      Software

      Windows

      Free - $48

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      Larry Richardson
      Written on November 18, 2017
      "Whenever I have to install Windows again on my computer I always go with Adaware. It has proven to be really reliable to me."
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      Larry Richardson
      Written on November 18, 2017
      "Whenever I have to install Windows again on my computer I always go with Adaware. It has proven to be really reliable to me."
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      Vipre Customer Service

      Vipre Customer Service is not the antivirus you would expect. Instead of a software, Vipre offers its customer service. The technical support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for attending your call. 

      Websites

      Free

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      Willie Barrett
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "Not really antivirus just support for antivirus. Doesn't help at all."
      WB
      Willie Barrett
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "Not really antivirus just support for antivirus. Doesn't help at all."

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    Summary

    Best antivirus for PC
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 AVG Antivirus Software 38 Free
    2 Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software 32 Paid
    3 Avira Free Antivirus Software 25 Free
    4 Avast Free Antivirus Software 24 Free
    5 Panda Free Antivirus Software 17 Free
    6 360 Total Security Software 16 Free
    7 Sophos Home Antivirus Software 13 Free
    8 HitmanPro.Alert Software 12 Free
    9 Baidu Antivirus Software 10 Free
    10 Microsoft Security Essentials Software 10 Free
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