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If that describes you, you've come to the right place.We've evaluated the most widely used free antivirus programs based on their malware protection, system impact, ease of use and useful extra features.

The free offerings from Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender and Kaspersky all offer basic antivirus and anti-malware protection, giving you a good chance to keep your PC free of threats which could lose you data and take a lot of time to put right.

If you think a paid-for antivirus might be better for your needs, find out more about what they can offer and see our pick of the best in our best antivirus 2018 feature.

AV-Test found that Windows Defender detected and protected against almost all attacks, and it scored well for performance. There are better paid-for choices, but if you’re running Windows 8 or 10 with Defender built in, all you need to do is check that it’s enabled.

Windows PC users need a strong antivirus program to ward off malware attacks, to keep their computers running efficiently, and to safeguard their online identities and personal information.

Best is Bitdefender, which claims not to share information with anybody outside its own company or subsidiaries.

We think this is as it should be with a security product, but second-best is the assumption not to share, with an opt-in, should you want to receive ‘relevant’ offers. Panda does the same as AVG, requiring you to specifically unsubscribe to avoid security-related emails.

2017 saw two huge ransomware attacks hit organisations including the NHS, while the most recent malware scare comes in the form of a virus found in skins on the official Minecraft domain, according to Avast.

You can find out everything we know so far about the Minecraft virus here.

We agree that AVG runs transparently in the background, and that you won't really notice it.

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