Windows has more antivirus programs than we can count, and none of them are quite perfect. Right now, we recommend BitDefender Free for the best balance between protection, ease of use, and cost.

Windows has more antivirus programs than we can count, and none of them are quite perfect. Right now, we recommend BitDefender Free for the best balance between protection, ease of use, and cost.

Update: Our former pick, Avast!, has scored lower in antivirus testing according to both AV Comparatives and AV-Test than it has in previous years. It’s also added annoying pop-ups, added itself to email signatures without asking, and the company’s SafeZone browser has come under fire for security vulnerabilities. So, we’ve decided to update our pick.

BitDefender Free

Platform: Windows
Price: Free
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Features

  • Dead simple interface
  • Automatic virus scans occur at regular intervals
  • Start full system scans on demand
  • Virus definitions update automatically in the background
  • Virus Shields monitors activity on your computer to identify threats in real time
  • Top-rated protection according to AV-Comparatives

Where It Excels

The Best Antivirus App for Windows

BitDefender has topped AV-Comparatives’ rigorous testing for the last two years in a row. It won Product of the Year in 2014 and tied with Kaspersky for the same top slot this year (though AV Comparatives won’t award the Product of the Year to a product that has won before). It also distinguished itself in the areas of file detection, proactive protection, and malware removal. In other words, if you want solid protection from as many threats as possible, BitDefender is your app.

BitDefender has also performed well in AV-Test’s analysis. In 2015, it received the award for best performance, and in 2014 it was in the top three for protection, performance, and usability.

BitDefender Free is also the simplest, no-worry antivirus aroundThe app is aggressively hands-off. When you first install it, BitDefender will perform an initial scan. After that, it automatically schedules periodic scans. It also continuously monitors the files you use in real-time to protect against any threats as they happen.

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Source: The Best Antivirus App for Windows

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