Internet Virus Protection
I’ve compiled hereunder a list of resources where you can get free antivirus download for Windows XP. Despite Microsoft’s idea of cutting off any more
support for Windows XP, a lot of people were not swayed into upgrading to later Windows operating systems. I know, our office computers still use xp. Except the obvious graphical changes of the latest incarnations, I myself don’t necessarily see any very relevant reason to upgrade either. But that’s because I’m not that into keeping up with the Joneses, or should I say the Gates. Besides, for the average user, XP still conveniently serves my purposes. The only reason that my other computer, the laptop which I purchased a few months earlier, now runs under Windows 7 is because it came bundled with the laptop purchase.
Free Antivirus Download For Windows XP
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsof Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC against viruses, spyware, and malware (or malicious software). Runs in the background quietly giving you freedom to use your computer knowing that someone is watching your back at all times.
You can get a free download from Microsoft with a user-friendly easy installation. Kept up to date. “It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.”
Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus
Avira provides protection against viruses, worms and Trojans; AntiRootkit protection against hidden rootkits; Faster Scanning up to 20% faster; AntiPhishing protection against phishing; AntiSpyware protection against spyware and adware NetbookSupport for laptops with low resolution; QuickRemoval eliminates viruses at the push of a button.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
This (AVG) is what I used in my laptop after its bundled trial version of Micro Trend Internet Security expired. So far, everything’s cool. Of course, I’ll be upgrading to a licensed version Anti virus application pretty soon. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition has email scanner, virus vault, on-demand scanner, resident protection, the works. It features real-time protection and other basic scanning functions using the scanning engine of its commercial version.
Avast Free Anti Virus
This one (Avast) I used on my desktop at home. Avast offers it Home Edition free of charge for personal/non-commercial use. The minimum protection a PC needs is antivirus with anti-spyware and Avast provides such, free. ‘Small footprint’ is a term I often encounter when it comes to Avast reviews. It doesn’t hug resources while it works in the background.
BitDefender Free Edition
BitDefender is recognized by a lot of experts to be one of the best, if not the best, Internet Security and Anti Virus application presently. This is why, this is going to be my very first licensed internet and virus protection application I’ll buy. All I’m waiting for before I hit the buy button is a fix to a minor glitch where it interferes with a browser plugin (and makes it not work anymore). The free edition offers on-demand Virus scan, online update, scheduler, quarantine and reporting. It scans selected files, folders, drives, archives, mail database and boot sector.
Trend Micro (30-day Trial)
This is the virus protection app bundled with my Asus laptop when I bought it. I haven’t really explored it when it was still in my laptop’s system but I know it works because it did protect me throughout the trial period. It has real time protection. I remember being surprised every now and then by a pop up that tells me about possible dangers both within my files or while I surf the net.
Kaspersky (30-day Trial)
My sister uses a licensed version of Kaspersky and she vouches for it like her life depended on it. The trial version is a full working version of the real thing. According to some experts, Kaspersky comes as a close second to BitDefender among the best internet security and anti virus applications today.
Other Free Antivirus Download For Windows XP
There are a lot more of these free antivirus download for windows xp out there. But the choices above should be enough if what you’re looking for are free versions. Free versions, more often than not, are limited to a few relevant features of the licensed versions. Thus, sometimes, in order to acquire a sense of assurance, one may have to utilize more than one of these applications. I, for one, pairs AVG with Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware application. Malwarebytes is of the ‘on-demand’ type of scanner. It doesn’t load up and run at startup. Whenever I feel like wanting that extra assurance, I run it. Of course, there are no substitutes to the licensed versions of whatever protection app you use.
As far as I know, these listed free antivirus download for windows xp also works for the later versions of windows. They should.