Some AntiVirus programs for WINDOWS Computers:

   

CAUTION: BEFORE RUNNING ANY ANTI-VIRUS OR ANTI-MALWARE PROGRAM, BE SURE YOUR IMPORTANT FILES ARE BACKED UP!!!!

Just click on the icons to download and install.

  
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WINDOWS DEFENDER (FREE)
This comes free in WINDOWS 8 and 10 and provides a wide range of protections against Viruses, Malware, Spyware, Root-Kits and works in real-time and automatically updates. If you install another active anti-virus program, it will turn Windows Defender off. So…it begs the question, if you get a full-spectrum anti-virus program free with your operating system, why spend money on a commercial, 3rd party program? Good question, I don’t spend money on anti-virus programs, I use Windows Defender on my WINDOWS PC’s and back it up with other free (non-active) programs.

You don’t want to run two anti-virus programs that both have real-time protection. Pick one, use common sense to learn and recognize threats in your e-mails and look at my Anti-Malware page to get some other programs to help keep your computer clean and working properly.

If you want to read more about Windows Defender, click on the icon to the left.
  
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Avast Antivirus (FREE)

Available for different versions of WINDOWS. Click on the links below for the specific versions.

WINDOWS 7 Version

WINDOWS 8 Version

WINDOWS 10 Version

Avast is a good choice for an Anti-Virus program whether you have a Windows PC or a Macintosh. It has less impact on the computer memory so I don’t see it slowing the computer down like some larger programs.
   
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Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (Commercial)

From www.malwarebytes.org is a very good Anti-Virus program that also detects and removes PUPs (Probably Unwanted Programs).

It used to be free for use but now is free for only 14 days. The link in the icon to the left takes you to the page for purchasing the Premium Version of the program…It’s definitely worth the price of $39.99 for a single PC. They also have a variety of products for businesses that scale up to very large businesses. I’ve used this program for many years and haven’t had any real issues with it. It has successfully removed all kinds of viruses and root-kit infections from many of my customer’s computers.
  
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Norton Antivirus Security (Commercial)

This company and its antivirus programs have been around for a very long time and they are very good at what they do. But like all commercial antivirus programs they compete with each other on features. As you add features, you grow the program and run the risk of potentially slowing down the computer. I’ve noticed this slowing on older computers with less memory and slower processors. Newer computers aren’t affected as much because they are so fast and generally have a lot more memory. This is a commercial program so it’ll cost about $40/yr.
  
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McAfee Total Protection (Commercial)

Another company that’s been around for a long time. You can try it for free for 30-days and then you must decide whether you want to actually pay the price. While you can find it on sale for about $30, it normally runs around $90.
  
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Trend Micro AntiVirus (Commercial)

This is another of the major commercial AntiVirus programs running about $40/year. Like the other commercial AntiVirus programs, they offer protection against a wide range of viruses, malware, ransomware and dangerous websites.
  
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Sophos Home (FREE)

Sophos is another anti-virus program that is available to protect your PC from viruses, ransomware, malware and dangerous websites. It is free for your home computers but they also have products to protect your business computers.