2014 Free Antivirus

Best Free Antivirus Software of 2014

With security attacks and viruses increasing in size and severity, it is important to make sure that you do your part to protect your computer against malware.  Millions of people are impacted every day by viruses such as the recent Game over Zeus Virus, the Heartbleed bug, and numerous other data breaches. To ensure better protection against viruses and hacking, it is vital that every PC owner has effective and dependable antivirus software. Unfortunately, this can be expensive, especially given the cost of annual updates.

No worries, because there are plenty of free antivirus software solutions, many of which are just as proficient as their commercial counterparts. If you’re tired of annual subscriptions, but want to make sure that your PC is properly protected then check out the Best Free Antivirus Software of 2014 according to TechRadar.com and PC Magazine. We’ve selected 5 of the best free Internet security tools to deliver great security to your PC free of charge.

1.    Panda Cloud

Panda Cloud is a lightweight and simple tool that provides free real-time antivirus protection. It can be used in conjunction with many other security tools without any issues. Panda Cloud is a free version of a commercial product, so there are a few missing features, but it is definitely capable of carrying the bulk of the load. Panda Cloud recently released version 3.0, and users of the free software are now able to access a new interface as well as schedule scans and automatic USB vaccinations.

2.    Avast

Avast is one of the most popular security tools around. The program is easy to install and its clear-cut interface makes it simple to use. The software provides a quick first scan that identifies any potential threats on your PC. Another bonus is that Avast has minimal impact on your system performance.

 3.    Malware Bytes Anti-Malware 2.0

When other antivirus products fail, many tech support agents recommend Malware Bytes Anti-Malware 2.0. It is a very successful cleanup tool, and with version 2.0 there is significant improvement in appearance and ease of use. The software installs and scans in Safe Mode and its chameleon technology resists malware attacks.

4.     ZoneAlarm

One issues is that the free antivirus database is updated daily as opposed to the hourly updates provided in the commercial version. However, the program does provide plenty of functionality, with a capable, AV-Test-certified antivirus engine, an easy-to-use firewall and browsing protection.

5.    AVG

Many people have probably heard of AVG, as it is a popular choice for antivirus software. It is a solid package with a fine range of features: an antivirus engine, email scanner, identity theft protection, and LinkScanner Surf-Shield to keep you safe online.

If you believe your computer has a virus, spyware or malware, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring it in to the computer professionals at Everything Computers today. We offer many different services to help with all of your computer needs, including:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Data Backup
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • System Clean out
  • Software and Hardware Installation

If you need help installing antivirus software, or any other malware protection feel free to Contact us todayfor more information.


How to prevent the GameOver Zeus Virus

You may have heard rumors about a new “money-stealing virus” and this time the rumors are true. There is a new virus called GameOver Zeus (GOZ) that can steal your bank account numbers as well as your passwords. The virus sends your bank credentials directly to hackers so they can drain your account. Thus far Zeus has stolen more than $100 million dollars. The Justice Department announced this week that the U.S. just shut down a cyber crime ring that infected between 500,000 and 1 million computers with the Zeus virus.

Follow these steps to prevent yourself from becoming the next victim to Zeus:

  • Invest in good anti-virus software: If you don’t have any anti-virus software on your PC, you should install some ASAP. There are many different types of software from different companies for different prices, so just choose one that fits in your budget and works on your system.
  • Update your current software: Software patches stop attackers from taking advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many operating systems offer automatic updates, and if this option is available, you should enable it.
  • Take Advantage of anti-malware tools: The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has put together a list of Anti-Malware tools to remove Zeus from your system.
  • Change your passwords: This is a no brainer and should always be done immediately after a large virus or password leak takes place. US-CERT has not specified which passwords are vulnerable, so to be safe you should change all bank account passwords. A good rule of thumb is to change your passwords every 6 months.

GOZ can also send spam emails that damage other computer systems and networks so make sure that you are not contributing to the spread of GOZ. Although the government shut down the group responsible for GOZ, which was led by Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev, the malware from the virus still exists. Only PCs are affected, specifically the following: Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Microsoft Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, and Server 201, according to US-CERT.

If you need help removing the GameOver Zeus virus, or any other virus, Everything Computer can help. Contact us today for more information.