Top 8 Desktop Security Software [Freeware]

Security is one of the most essential things today. There are thousands of threats to the common user in the form of malware, viruses, key loggers and worms. But it seems like everything that can get rid of these threats asks for money.

You can always download cracks etc but most end up doing more harm than good. Also I don’t believe commercial software justifies its price. Open source and free software are getting better day by day and more than often their performance is on par and even better in some cases than their paid counterparts.

So today I’ll be recommending free software which will give you better protection against such threats (and a cleaner conscience too).

Anti-virus:

Avira and Avast both have been top in their offering for free anti-virus software. Both are equally good though Avast has a more user-friendly interface which might tip the scales in its favour for some people (think your parents).

They’ve consistently performed on par and in some tests better than the paid solutions like Norton, McAfee etc.

Avast link: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Avira link: http://www.avira.com/en/free-download-avira-antivir-personal

Malware Protection:

Malware Bytes:

Malware bytes’ Anti-Malware is by far my favorite software for removing those pesky spyware and malware. It fast, efficient and if your PC is infected, it’ll find it and remove it better than anything else.

Link: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Malwarebytes-AntiMalware/1186760019/1

Spyware Protection:

Spybot – Search & Destroy:

Most of us have opened their browsers and discovered toolbars that were installed without our knowing. This is one of the better utilities that can remove this and other forms of spyware which maybe recording your internet usage and habits.

Link: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

Firewall:

Comodo Internet Security:

Comodo has been known for offering the best free firewall for a while now. The latest version bundles together the firewall with antivirus software. You can however opt only to use the firewall.

Link: http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/free-download.html

Data Backup and Recovery:

Backup:

Comodo Time Machine:

Suppose your PC got infected by viruses and now it won’t even start. And you didn’t even backup your important data! Worry not, all is not lost. Comodo Time Machine provides you the option to restore your computer to an earlier time, much like the system restore option. But it offers that every time you boot up too even if Windows isn’t starting.

Link: http://www.comodo.com/home/data-storage-encryption/data-recovery.php

Recovery:

Recuva:

It’s a great user friendly tool for when you’ve accidentally deleted important files and need to get them back. It also works for MP3 players and memory cards.

Link: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Defragmentation:

Smart Defrag:

Hard disk fragmentation is the primary cause of slow PC performance. However if you’ve ever used the defragmentation utility in windows you know it’s painfully slow. This utility is designed with speed in mind. It’s also pretty efficient and has the feature to run in the background to keep your hard drives running at their fastest at all times.

Link: http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html

I would recommend installing one of the two mentioned antivirus software and both antimalware and antispyware software. It’s a safe bet that you would be protected against most threats if you do. Stay safe!

Talal is a Director at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • HAFIZ

    Microsoft Security Essential is best.

    • Rameez Kakakhel

      +1 for Microsoft Security Essentials.

      • Danish

        But to use MSSE, The windows should be genuine, right?

        • HAFIZ

          G theek kha aap ne, lakin ye koi mushkil kaam ni ha.

  • imkhalid

    u have mentioned some very best free tool

    nice work

    i am using AVAST free and its the best.

  • thnxx ADMIN

    thnxx admin yar,is tarah ki post zyda dala karo jis se humain faida ho, again thnx

  • Uzair

    Avast is the best. I dnt think avira aur avast ka koe comparison ho skta ha. M using avast 4m more than 5 years. Its the best

    • omer

      According to user’s rating and most downloaded antivirus at http://www.softpedia.com top 6 antivirus are (user’s rating and most downloaded both)

      1. Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus
      2. AVG Free Edition 10.0 Build
      3. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5.0.65.0 Beta
      4. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal
      5. Avast! Free Antivirus
      6. Norton AntiVirus 2012

      you are using Avast from last 5 years. This doesn’t makes it the best.

  • what software would you recommend to backup your data to make recovery partition

  • Danish

    AVG Free Edition is also very good, i think it is better than Avira because Avira detects all JANG GROUP Websites as virus and do not let the explorer to open the sites.

    • omer

      Jang group websites actually contains virus . i have experienced it 2 times and as a result i had to do fresh windows :-(

  • Iffo

    Admin brother Antimalware bytes is PAID software..
    but its a good one

  • Jansher Bloch

    Asslam-u-Alikum! Just wanna know why the ratings of avast and avira are higher in free wares but when you to commercial versions they lack behind?

  • yasir latif

    i’m using Avira on my laptop since more than 3 years… i think its very good antivirus and special its very light weight. my laptop is happy with cool and feather weight antivirus. :D go for Avira….

  • Umerrrrr

    How About Kespersky ??

  • Toufiq

    Microsoft Security Essentials.. Best one.. I was using Avast before MSE but since last 4 months I am using MSE.. its a best one and a gift for genuine OS users.

  • avira is best …i tried too many antiviruses…according to my 8 years experience there is no antivirus like avira…Thanks to GmbH

  • Please start a Poll for antivirus…this is a request to from me to Mr. Propakistani

  • asdf

    Microsoft security essential is best and its also free.