Best free antivirus, antimalware and antispyware applications

Defender Control is a free and portable application that disables Defender’s Real Time protection,and it keeps it disabled contrary to what the OS may want. Pressing a button you can enable it again easily.

Kaspersky Free protects against various types of information security threats, network attacks, and fraud. You can enable and disable protection components, and configure their settings. It includes all the essentials: file, email and web antivirus; automatic updates, self-defense; quarantine; and so on. It is also lighter on system resources and quicker than its big brothers.

AVG Rescue CD helps to recover a virus occupied PC. The AVG Rescue CD is essentially a portable version of AVG Anti-Virus. It enables you to remove infections from an otherwise inoperable PC.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition provides basic anti-virus and anti-spyware protection. The Resident Shield configuration allows exclusions. The on-demand/scheduled scanner allows advanced testing options such as heuristics and reporting of password-protected archives reporting. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition cannot be installed on server operating systems, nor can it be used for the scanning of network drives. It is only licensed for home and non-commercial use on a single computer.

Malwarebytes free anti-malware scanner will detect and remove malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more. The free version does not include realtime protection, but it is strong and efficient in on demand scanning.

Firewalls that work: PrivateFirewall, Comodo, ZoneAlarm, in case your Windows firewall seems not enough for your needs.

Tiny Watcher can protect system configuration. It starts by taking a snapshot of important parts of your Windows system; then it tracks changes (every time you log in, or whenever you want to). When a change is detected, you are notified. You will be able to decide what to do about it. Some items can be disabled or removed right away, but usually you will have to act manually.

Single Click Restore Point will let you create a restore point in a single click, without having to use the Windows System Restore Utility. If you install frequently new software or do any serious system changes, you will appreciate this tool. Similar and even more powerful is the System Restore Manager.

Registry Backup will let you save the registry or parts of it, even on schedule, manage multiple backups and restore anyone you know is safe.

SUPERAntiSpyware sometimes it will detect spyware that other products miss. One of its greatest features, is that it will let you boot in Safe Mode, if you need to, even if the virus has blocked this kind of boot (it happened to me).

Spybot Search and Destroy comes in many languages and removes spyware. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.

Free Comodo Antivirus eliminates known Viruses, Worms and Trojans from desktops and networks. My experience so far with Comodo antivirus is satisfactory. Even when it detects problems in files I know they are fine, such as password revealers or similar hacking programs that I choose to use, it can add them to an exceptions list easily. Note that Comodo Internet Security may slow down your computer.

Spyware Terminator is against spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats. Spyware Terminator is a good program, with a problem I consider serious: although it provides a white list, a list of programs you can define as safe, actually it doesn’t let those programs work unimpeded.

AVG LinkScanner checks a web page in real-time before it opens on the browser. If it sees trouble ahead, it stops you. It works fast; if your connection is also fast, you won’t have any delay problems using the LinkScanner.

Avira Free Anti Virus offers extensive malware recognition of viruses, trojans, backdoor programs, worms, etc. Virus protection against known and unknown threats, using a heuristic system. Avira co-operates well with Windows and is a reliable free antivirus. To disable Avira Ads System you may like to get the free BGPKiller.

iKill will help you protect yourself from removable drive viruses. It works by scanning your PC for the presence of removable drives. If AutoProtect is enabled and viruses are found, iKill will automatically delete the files present on the drive, otherwise you will be asked if you want the suspected files deleted.

WinPatrol monitors important system areas that are commonly altered by many malicious programs. This includes the startup groups (registry and startup folder), cookies and active tasks. You can terminate processes and enable or disable startup programs. The cookie monitoring option allows you to automatically delete cookies based on a keyword found in the cookie name.

Avast Home Edition Free Antivirus is free for non-commercial & home use only.