PCMAN – Just like humans, computer system may get sick—but in a very different form compare to the common cold or flu we usually catch. Worms, Trojans, and spyware are a few of the infectious malware that could saturate your software and caused problems to the system. Viruses often slow application processes down and ramp up your CPU usage. Combined with the other malwares, it modifies integral files and the appearance of your desktop along the way.
Obviously users wouldn’t want their system to catch a virus, hence the numerous type of antivirus software available in the market. However, how can one determine the best antivirus software? Which one is suitable for which need?
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
Developed by Lavasoft, Ad-Ware Free Antivirus+ is one of the most trusted spyware tools within the industry. It has set a particular benchmark for the others to follow, given its incredibly smooth installation, non-intrusive notifications, and fantastic results.
Its free software version provides the user with real-time anti-virus and malware protection, updated sandbox emulation technology, and overarching protection while browsing the web, downloading files, and doing other online activities.
Besides that, Ad-Aware also provides a scheduler for constant updates, and a gaming mode for silently blocking malware without the irritating pop-up windows that has gotten to everyone’s nerves since the late ‘90s.
It was reported that Lavasoft is going to continue making improvements on anti-phishing facet and the program’s subpar rootkit protection, in order to deliver the best antivirus solution to its users.
First introduced in 2008, Malwarebytes have been downloaded 300 million times worldwide—and counting. This software offers one of the best virus-removal solutions with the Chameleon technology that the program uses. The technology allows the software to run on already infected systems, triggering the “mbam-chameleon” app when necessary, and help install and update any required drivers.
Then, the Chameleon technology targets any processes that may have blocked Malwarebytes before scanning for other threats. Malwarebytes also offers easy access to a strong support network with language options on top of the many benefits it has already given.
Although Malwarebytes is exclusively removal-only software, its paid version opens up for real-time scanning, scheduling, and increased heuristic updates; whereas its freemium version is sufficient for eradicating deeply entrenched viruses.
Microsoft Windows Defender
Fortunately, Microsoft’s native antimalware software has been improved throughout the years. Microsoft Windows Defender is enabled by default and offers a real-time protection against spyware and pop-ups—however, if the users want to use another antivirus software, it can be disabled. The software recommends series of actions when urgent attention is required, but with minimal interruptions that will less likely annoy the user every five minutes.
A few of its features are 64-bit platforms supported, quick updates on virus definitions, and easily navigable users interface regardless the user’s operating system. Microsoft Windows Defender provides the same level of malware protection as Microsoft Security Essentials; hence compatible with newer versions of Windows.