Hello Loyal Reader,

Today I thought I’d share the answer to one of the ITS tickets. Oh yes, it is an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes at ITS! Anyway the other day we got a ticket with an excellent question in it. To paraphrase: “I think my antivirus service is going to run out, do you know of any good free alternatives?” It’s a simple question but not always a simple answer. There are many options, but here are a two I have tried out personally (and had a reasonably good experience with):

AVG Free

Pros
I use this at home and have had very good luck with it. The program updates often and seems to catch viruses.

Cons
It will constantly try to get you to upgrade to the paid version of the program.

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Avast Home Ed Free

Pros
Lots of different protection elements besides antivirus, it’ll keep an eye on your web surfing, instant messaging and a bunch of other things. It’ll even try to restore your computer if you get a virus that destroys data. You can sound like a pirate when you talk about your computer’s antivirus software.

Cons
The thing is really a suite of programs, so it will slow down your computer with all the extra things running. Also: you’ll sound like a pirate when ever you mention antivirus stuff…

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Disclaimer: This article is based on my personal experience and opinions may vary.

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