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We should not forget about putting antivirus programs on our computers, especially now that we are almost always connected to the internet. It’s tempting to get a commercial package given that they provide additional features such as anti-phishing technology, web filtering and password managers.

While those features do add an extra layer of protection, they don’t always protect you 100% of the time. Free antivirus programs do have their shortcomings too but there are providers who offer more than enough features to keep users protected. Below is a list of the best antivirus software in 2016 that you can get for free:

AVG AntiVirus Free

The AVG interface has changed over the years while still remaining a good antivirus program. Once you install AVG AntiVirus, you are greeted with the AVG Zen interface which basically lists down all the features you can get with AVG as well as devices that need to be scanned. This is all great and the interface looks clean and all, but it doesn’t make the scanning process straightforward.

To scan your computer, you have to click on the AntiVirus icon which brings up another box where you have to select Scan. Then again, having to go through extra steps is worth it as AVG is definitely one of the best scanners available – and it’s for free!

Avira Free Antivirus

There was a time when AVG was the best free antivirus software. That title can now be safely taken by Avira. There are a lot of good things going for this software and at the top of that list is that it’s quick and it’s effective.

The best way to describe Avira is that it has everything a computer user wants in an antivirus software. One, it doesn’t slow down your PC. A crawling PC is one of the drawbacks of several antivirus softwares but Avira seems to have found an answer to that dilemma. Two, Avira doesn’t show up all the time. There are antivirus package that don’t want to leave you alone but Avira respects your space. Three, Avira doesn’t install other features by default. In short, they are just there in case you want them.

Panda Free Antivirus

Compared to the two previous antivirus packages in this list, Panda doesn’t require the power of your computer to operate; it uses a cloud instead. This is good news for those who hate allocating space to other applications even if they are essential for safety.

Apart from not hogging your space, Panda is a very good antivirus package as well. It can scan your PC rather quickly and its interface is not that difficult to use either. In fact, those who are not on the tech side of things can easily use the software without being confused.

There are many other free antivirus software in the market, but these three are among the best of them. In case you’re looking for a paid package, there are many good ones too like Bitdefender and Kaspersky.