Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Best Free Antivirus Software Download for Windows 7

The issue has always been an undying topic for debates on the web. Before the previous year ended, there had been a lot of "Best Free Antivirus Software 2011" articles and forum threads popping out everywhere. You may have been very loyal with your Win 7 virus protection software for years now, but are you actually using the best virus protection program in existence? The question's clear: what is the best antivirus software for Windows 7 then?

A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook friends through a poll with this exact question: "What is the best antivirus software/program?" Although we didn't have a population big enough to collect accurate and reliable data, results went as follows:

Facebook Poll Results

It's obviously not much good of a survey, but I agree with the results. You may not agree with this but I'd go bias by saying that AVG Antivirus deserves the spot. I know there's probably a lot of better antivirus software out there but that's just me. What follows are based on my personal preference and experience using the best free antivirus software 2011 and beyond has to offer.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012

Best Free Antivirus Download for Windows

What better way to test out the AVG antivirus software than to download it here for free and install it on your PC. The installation process as expected should be plainly simple and fast.

In the past, I've tried a lot of other antivirus software and ended up with AVG virus protection which I've been strongly relying on up to these days. I personally like how they roll out updates regularly. For almost two years now, I haven't encountered any problem with my Windows 7 laptop using the AVG Free Edition which have been doing a really good job at keeping virus infestation at bay.

Best Virus Protection Features

The latest version, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, has this straightforward user-friendly interface which I think really suits PC users of all levels.


With the free edition, you get all the basic virus protection features which should suffice your security needs, online or offline.

Another good thing about this free antivirus software is the ability to quarantine and move detected threats to a virus vault allowing you to examine those faults and be able to restore false positives back to their original directories.

Virus Vault

The AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 also runs lightly on memory. Taking only ~2Mb of RAM (that's on my machine), it won't interfere with your everyday tasks.

AVG on Memory

The best deal that this free antivirus program probably has to offer would be its "Scan Process Priority" settings. The user can literally control how the scanning process consumes memory by adjusting the marker on the priority bar from low to high and even setting it on user sensitive (auto) mode.

Low Priority Scanning

Medium Priority Scanning

High Priority Scanning

User-Sensitive Priority Scanning

With my obvious predisposition towards the AVG antivirus software, I'd say it’s the best free antivirus download for Windows. Go. Get it running on your machine. Now. *heh*

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