Comparison: Free Antivirus suites 2012

Which free antivirus suite is the best?

We take this question very seriously at Softonic and extensively test and rate security software. This year we have compiled a list of the six best Anti Virus suites – Panda Cloud, Avira Personal, AVG Free, Ad-Aware Free, avast! Free and Microsoft Security Essentials.

In the video below I explain our ranking, and the winner of Best Antivirus of 2012. Each of these is an excellent product, and they all have advantages and disadvantages, but our testing methodology does allow us to judge which is the best!

Here’s a table explaining how each antivirus suite performed, and how we weight our final score.

*Panda Cloud’s low score for performance was based on only one month of testing, where as the other apps all benefited from 6 months of performance analysis. We will update our results once more data has been obtained.

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