Best free AntiVirus software for Windows 10

Installing an anti-virus or a security software, after installing Windows is a must.  This helps protect our Windows computer from viruses and other security threats. It is also important to keep your security software up to date at all times! While the built-in Windows Defender in Windows 10 does a great job, some of you may want to opt for a third-party free antivirus software instead. Here are some very nice best free antivirus software available for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 & Windows Vista you might want to check out.

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Free AntiVirus software for Windows 10

I have included only those antivirus programs which offer full real-time protection, and are not just stand-alone scanners:

  1. Windows Defender
  2. Bitdefender Free Antivirus Edition
  3. Kaspersky Free Antivirus
  4. Avira AntiVir Personal
  5. Avira AntiVir Personal
  6. Comodo Antivirus Free
  7. ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall,
  8. Kingsoft Antivirus,
  9. Baidu AntiVirus,
  10. Panda Free Antivirus,
  11. AVG Anti-Virus,
  12. McAfee Free Antivirus,
  13. Sophos Home Free Antivirus.

1. Windows Defender

Windows Defender is Microsoft’s free antivirus offering to users of genuine Windows 10/8/7. It is specifically designed for individual consumer PC use using the smallest resource footprint possible to provide complete anti-malware protection and will include a new protection technology, as part of the Microsoft anti-malware engine, called Dynamic Signature Service (DSS).

2. Bitdefender Free Antivirus Edition

The free edition of its antivirus tool uses one of the world’s most effective antivirus engines, ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products for free. Thereby allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all. It includes a Real-time Shield.

3. Kaspersky Free Antivirus

Kaspersky Free Antivirus offers powerful anti-malware protection for Windows users like file, email and web antivirus, automatic updates, self-defense, quarantine, etc.; and will not include advanced security features. It includes a Real-time Shield.

4. Avira AntiVir Personal

Avira AntiVir offers you basic protection & protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans, and costly dialers.

5. Avast AntiVirus

Avast! Free Antivirus is perfect for people who send e-mails and surf popular websites. Its Antivirus and anti-spyware engine provides reliable protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, trojans, and other forms of malicious software.

6. Comodo Antivirus Free

Comodo Antivirus Free offers an Antivirus scanner, a quarantine, Sandbox operating environment and a Task Manager. Its fast cloud-based scanning gives you a list of infected files in real-time.

Other free antivirus software:

These Free Cloud based Antivirus may also interest you.

Apart from these freeware if you’d like to suggest any more freeware antivirus software, do share below.

Go here if you are looking for free Internet Security Suites or free firewall software for your Windows 10/8/7 computer.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.