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List of Free Anti-Virus Security Software for Windows 7 [groovyDownload]

Windows 7 Logo :: groovyPost.comWith all the Black Friday, Black Monday, Xmas Shopping, etc., etc., etc. being completed, I figure some you probably have new Windows 7 PCs you bought/received this holiday season. If yes, then you have probably already discovered loads of crapware trial software that PC manufacturers like to bundle on new PCs.

 

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One of the most notorious software bundles on new PCs is a Trial version of an Anti-Virus package.  Rather than sending McAfee or Norton $50 – $100 bucks, take a look at the FREE alternatives below.

 

Microsoft Security Essentials is Very Groovy and FREE!

imageWe’ve offering quite a bit here on groovyPost, so it’s only fitting I list it first in my options for Free Anti-Virus software.  Back in October Microsoft released their FREE anti-virus solution. Since then, it’s received some really good press and high rankings from independent AV/Malware Test labs; #1 in fact for FREE AV Products.  I highly recommend it, and yes, it’s the AV I have installed on all my PC’s.

Honestly, Microsoft hit a home run with this guy.  I probably could have made this article a lot shorter by just listing Security Essentials.  It’s that good.  If you’re looking for alternatives to Microsoft however, I’ve listed a few more below.

[Microsoft Security Essentials Download Link]

 

A List of Anti-Virus Programs Compatible With Windows 7

 

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AVG Free Edition is a popular choice and is working great with Windows 7!  Microsoft has certified it as officially compatible.

[AVG Free Edition Download Link]

 

avira antivir for windows 7

Avira Antivir offers a free anti-virus software that is working and compatible with Windows 7.  Microsoft hasn’t officially certified this one, , it works just fine.

[Avira Antvir Download Link]

 

Kaspersky Lab antivirus for windows 7Kaspersky is another paid anti-virus, which recently gave away 1-year subscriptions during the Windows 7 launch.  It runs great with 7 and offers adequate protection.

[Kapersky Download Link]

 

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Avast! AntiVirus (Home Edition) is another Free AV product which has received good marks.  Free is good so don’t hesitate to give it a whirl.

[Avast Download Link]

 

Commercial Products (Not Free)

With the Free options out there, I’m reluctant to even list the commercial products.  That being said here’s a couple I’ve used in the past that appear to be fully Windows 7 compliant.

 

imageESET, while being a paid anti-virus it still proves to be the best solution for “resource-light” protection.  ESET does offer a 30-day free trial and is completely compatible with Windows 7.

[Eset Download Link]

 

Symantec Norton antivirus for windows 7

Norton has made the list again this year, proving to be one of the oldest Anti-virus systems still around.  [Norton Link]

 

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Trend Micro has always been one of my favorite choices in the past, but it’s hard to recommend now with the emergence of Microsoft’s Free AV Offering. However, if you’re a die-hard Trend customer, you will be happy to know they have a working Windows 7 Product.

Additionally, if all you need is a look under the hood, Trend Micro does provide A free scan from its application.  It now supports all version of Windows 7 (Including x64), XP and Vista.  It comes in handy if you’re in a pinch.

Think your PC is infected? HouseCall can quickly identify and fix a wide range of threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware. It is now faster, more powerful and browser independent!

[Trend Link]

 

Did we miss your favorite?  Have you used one of these products or perhaps you have experience with their customer support?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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2 Responses to List of Free Anti-Virus Security Software for Windows 7 [groovyDownload]

  1. grooveDexter January 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm #
  2. Steve December 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Does Austin disagree Kapersky is a Commercial Product (Not Free)

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