Free Anti Virus Software

April 8th, 2010

Avast -  Very good for rootkits.  Flexible antivirus tool.

rkhunter – tools used to find root kits.


iAntiVirus – Anti Virus for Mac.

Comodo – firewall fairly easy

Gdata – uses 2 A/V engines

Vipre – is a very slim software excellent for netbooks, and power users who prefer perforance.

BitDefender – possibly the best graphical interface for Linux.  Works with both Linux and Windows.  Can attach a windows disk to a Linux box then scan it.

Avira/Antivir – good CLI.  Can attach a windows disk to a Linux box then scan it.  Finds stuff that other tools do not.

MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) – Anti Virus from Microsoft.  This should be the absolute minimum that is used on a Windows machine.  Simple, free effective.

ClamAV – Used for Mail Servers.

Dr.Web CureIt! – virus checker that you can put on a USB. This program is a small binary that you is manually launched.

ESET Smart Security Anti Virus and learning Firewall.

ZoneAlarm – Antivirus, Boot Authentication, encryption.  This program has come a long way but is no longer the light weight tool it once was.  Requires active participation.

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