Free Antivirus & Antispyware Software
There are many XP and Vista home computers
that have no antivirus and antispyware protection because users think
they need to pay Symantec, McAfee, or Webroot $50 per year to use one of
their products. Take it from the pro’s at Beachwood Systems, the free
version of Grifsoft’s AVG antivirus & antispyware software is good
stuff. And while you can’t use the free version in a commercial
organization of any type, over 80 million people around the world use it
at home. And you should too.
This program is the most requested
software on Download.com. It includes the ability to schedule hard disk
scans and exclude select folders. It has a resident memory scanner and
an e-mail scanner. Its real-time LinkScanner technology keeps you from
clicking search links to dangerous sites. Virus definitions and
application updates are updated on a regular basis and download to your
computer unobtrusively in the background. It is fast and effective and
doesn’t hog CPU resources like some other products on the market. And
there seem to be fewer conflicts with other programs than some of the
more complex security suites.
http://free.avg.com to get Version 8. Grifsoft has a more
advance version that you can purchase. They do a nice job explaining the
benefits on their web site between the two. There is no tech support
with the free version but there is a forum. Be sure to fully uninstall
any existing antivirus and antispyware before installing AVG.