The first thing that comes to mind when pondering about computer security is an antivirus. Cutting to the chase, we believe that the best free antivirus software is AVG (short for Anti-virus Guard). AVG is quick yet extremely effective at detecting possible threats on your computer. If you are short on money and want free security, we recommend you download and install AVG. However, if you don't mind spending some extra bucks, get Kaspersky Internet Security. Kaspersky may not be the fastest antivirus, but it is darn-well the best and most comprehensive one out there. For one thing, Kaspersky takes protection to another level, not only scanning your files, but also your open programs, your internet transmission and the memory of your running programs: Kaspersky Internet Security even detected a virus inside our Virtual PC! To top that off Kaspersky also supports unpacking of over 100 binary packers, which hackers use to disguise their viruses as legitimate files and its database contains millions of signatures.
- AVG is the best for those who do not wish to pay (You can find out more on AVG here)
- Kaspersky Internet Security is the best and most comprehensive antivirus software today (Find out more about Kaspersky here)
With either of those two running you should be protected from 99% of threats that may harm your computer, but if you really want to make your computer impenetrable then there is one last thing you need to install: an antimalware program.
Antivirus programs are similar to the first line of defense in a body. They filter out most harmful threats, but are useless when viruses bypass them. To seal out almost all threats, you will need an antimalware software and we at XetoWare recommend Malwarebytes Antimalware. Why? Because Malwarebytes is one of the best and quickest to update Antimalware programs out there. Its zero-day detection engine can detect unknown viruses and their quick database updates makes sure any new threats are swiftly analyzed and removed. On top of that, Malwarebytes Antimalware Pro has a malicious website blocker module which blocks harmful websites and thus lowers your rate of being infected significantly.
So, there you have it: a newbies guide to staying safe both online and offline.
If you want to, you can read our more comprehensive article on how to avoid getting hacked.