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Anti-Virus Freeware

If you're downloading files from the Net, then you should be sure to protect yourself first with a good anti-virus utility. Viruses are small programs that can be contained in any type of executable file that you download. Their effects can range from mischievous pranks to serious damage of your computer.
Before you fork over $40 or so for a commercial product, check out one of the excellent free anti-virus utilities that we list below.
The programs we list here will either clean and/or scan your computer for viruses. And be sure that you check with the provider of the anti-virus program that you download for periodic updates, as new viruses are appearing all the time on the Web.

Freeware-Antivirus.com

This site offers a good roundup of freeware programs to keep your PC safe and secure against the various hazards that lurk in cyberspace these days, including spyware, viruses, spam, and more.

Determination MX

This free program offers a proactive way to protect your computer from online threats. Determination MX deeply scans your computer for viruses, spyware and other malicious programs and lets you remove them, with a few clicks. (For Windows).

Content Guard

Here, you can download a free trial of Content Guard, a program that blocks adult Web sites. Content Guard offers a strong heuristic module that analyzes all incoming Web content. The program's database is updated weekly. (For Windows).

E-Antivirus

This is a free online virus scanner that lets you upload and scan any file up to 2 megs in size, using 12 popular anti-virus engines. The service can detect viruses, worms, trojans, and other threats.

Free-Antivirus.info

This popular site offers a roundup of detailed reviews of free anti-virus programs and services. The site also takes a look at anti-spyware and firewall software.

Scan Complete

This site offers a roundup of freeware anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. You'll also find freeware programs to help you battle spam, as well as remove adware from your computer.

Trend Micro HouseCall

A free Web-based anti-virus tool that lets you scan your PC for viruses, spyware, worms and other digital threats. The program then displays a list of any infected files it finds and allows you to remove them from your computer.

AVG Free Edition

Here's an outstanding freeware anti-virus utility that also offers you free monthly updates. An easy-to-use program, AVG features resident protection, an E-mail scanner and automatic healing of infected files. Note: this program is free for personal, home usage only. (For Windows).

AntiVir Personal Edition

This easy-to-use freeware antivirus utility detects over 80,000 viruses and includes a resident monitor and desktop program. Scans for DOS, Windows, macros and Java viruses. Available in German and English. (For Windows).