Frankly, when I hear this “the glass is half empty” approach to life, I automatically mark down the cynic’s I.Q. by 20 points. Duh!
The Internet, for example, allows access to “free”, in a way that has changed our world. Want to learn a new language? It’s free. Want information on how to repair your car? It’s free. Want access to the largest reference library the world has ever known? It’s free. Want advice on how to repair your computer? It’s free. Want a free computer application? No problem.
Regular visitors to this site, are well aware that I am a devotee of both freeware and open source software – and with good reason.
While it is generally true that the free version of an application may not have all the bells and whistles of the paid version, assuming there is a paid version; overall functionality is rarely crippled. In particular, if you’re willing to forego a few nonessentials, a free security application will provide a decent level of protection, at no cost.
And that brings me to one of my favorite software developers – PC Tools.
Currently, on my home Windows 7 RC machine, I am running PC Tools Firewall Plus (free edition) ThreatFire (free edition), and Spyware Doctor (free edition) – this last one as a secondary malware scanner.
I’m always heartened by good corporate citizens like PC Tools (sorry cynical guy, but there are good corporate citizens), who offer free versions of their products to the Internet community, in an effort to keep all of us safer than we might otherwise be.
So, when I decided to test drive PC Tools Free AntiVirus, I was expecting to have the same great experience I have had with the various other free tools available from this security provider. Overall, I was reasonably satisfied.
PC Tools Free AntiVirus has a good reputation (shared by me), as an effective security application, based on it’s ability to detect, quarantine, and destroy Viruses, Trojans and Worms.
Having tested virtually all of the major antivirus applications, and updates, over the last several years, I’m comfortable recommending the free version of this application as a front line antivirus defender. In the time I have been testing PC Tools Free AntiVirus on my test bed systems, I have been satisfied with its performance.
This free antivirus program offers it’s comprehensive protection within an easy to use interface, and it should meet all of your requirements.
Virus, worm, Trojan protection – Protects your PC as you are working, surfing and playing
Scan and Remove – Detects, quarantines, disinfects and destroys Viruses, Trojans and Worms
Smart Updates – Automatically checks for frequent updates against the latest threats
IntelliGuard Protection – IntelliGuard protects your computer against threats in real-time
– File Guard
– Email Guard
FREE. No catches, limitations or time-limits.
If you’re looking for a free antivirus application that’s easy to navigate, then PC Tools Free Edition 6 is worth considering.
For that cynical guy out there: The free version does not include High-speed updates, or dedicated 24/7 support.
System Requirements: Windows – Vista 32-bit, XP, 2000
Download at: PC Tools
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