Does a free antivirus program offer adequate protection?
There’s an old adage that says you get what you pay for and in the case of antivirus software that’s kind of true.
That’s not to say free antivirus programs should be dismissed out of hand though – some are actually very good and may well be sufficient for some people.
In terms of independent testing, AV-Test.org results over a period of time show that free antivirus programs do,
on the whole, score lower than the paid-for alternatives in the marketplace and our own experience has taught us that free programs also tend to suffer from a lack of additional features, less than stellar support, an obsession with up-selling, or a combination of all three.
Whether or not any of those issues are a deal breaker for you will likely depend upon what you use your computer for, how you value your data and your personal financial position.
Either way, installing any antivirus program is preferable to having none at all, though you do want to be on the lookout for free but fake antivirus programs that are no better than the viruses you are trying to avoid in the first place.
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