Free AntiVirus Downloads

Are you scared of free antivirus downloads? Are you convinced they are all worthless? Do you feel the purpose is just to get you to install them so they can grab your personal information? Have you asked yourself why would they be giving it away for free if it is such a great product? I’m a network engineer with over a decade of experience and I’d like to take a few minutes to present the facts about free antivirus downloads.

First, free antivirus programs are just as effective at finding viruses as the pay-for versions. I know what you are thinking: then why give it away? The answer is, to get you hooked on how good it works so you buy the pay-for version later. The good free versions are usually timed trials that allow you to run the software for one year and then decide to buy it after that. They can also be packaged as JUST an antivirus program and if you want extras like email protection or download scanning then you have to buy the full version. You can guess that if they gave you an antivirus program that didn’t work very well, they would never get any sales from the trial versions.

Let’s be clear on something, yes some bad people on the internet do release malicious software under the disguise of free antivirus programs in an effort to corrupt your computer and maybe even worse. The same can also be said of any other computer program, bad guys do the same thing to recipe programs, weight-loss tracking programs and any other kind of software on the internet. So what is a person to do, how can I find the real stuff? One answer is to stick with well-known products from the manufacturer or some other TRUSTED websites that link to the manufacturers, like mine below.

OK, your next question is, what are the well known free antivirus downloads? Luckily they all start with the letter A and they are: Avast, Avira and AVG. So, what is so great about these three programs? Well, an independent non-profit organization that tested many of the top brands ranked all three of these programs over Symantec (Norton) and McAfee, (the report can be found at the website listed below on the download page). This organization tested the pay-for versions by putting each one on an identical computer and then infecting the computers with a virus to see if it was found. The computers were hit with over 20,000 different forms of malware and the highest ranking product was only able to find 69% of them. You would be very surprised to see where some of the big names like McAfee ranked.

OK, now you know a few things:

  • Yes, there are bad antivirus programs on the internet but if you stay with trusted sites like the well-known manufacturers page, you are relatively safe.
  • You also know that many good free antivirus downloads start with the letter A: Avast, Avira and AVG.
  • I am currently using Avast on my home computers and I really like it. It comes with a one year trial and I was also able to renew it for a second year free.

Top Sources For IPhone Software Downloads Revealed

What I learned is that there are a few different types of sites. There are the free sites which can be unsafe to download from. There’s the pay-per-use sites and now that iTunes is carrying apps, this is a viable option. Then there are the unlimited downloads sites that charge a one time fee for access to software, games, movies, TV shows, music, and more.

The the unlimited download membership sites are interesting, especially if you like to download allot of files. After you join, you will have access to all of the downloads. Plus, many of these sites also offer tutorials and helper software to transfer the files from your computer to your iPhone. This alone can come in handy as it can be a little tricky if you’ve never done it before.

Pay-per-download sites like iTunes are also a popular way to get iPhone software downloads, music, movies and other goodies. The only drawback to this is that it can get costly as those few bucks here and there add up over time. The downloads themselves are not expensive, but the lack of willpower to stop can be. Like the unlimited download sites, the pay per download sites are a safe option.

Free download sites are the ones you have to watch out for. Many of them are of questionable legality at best and they have a reputation for being a breeding ground for viruses and other malware. Free isn’t always such a good deal if it causes damage to your system or files. Its a safer choice to avoid these sites altogether.

As iPhones evolve and become more widespread in use, it will be interesting to see what types of software and distribution systems are created to fill the demand for iPhone software downloads. For now, we have a couple of good options to get our iPhone download fix.

The Top 6 Software Applications for Fun, Entertainment and Gaming

These computer and Internet things aren’t just for work, you know. We can (and should) have some fun with them. Ok, ok, so many of us are guilty of goofing off more than working sometimes. But nevertheless, it’s important to balance work with play, and with that in mind, we present a quick list of software applications (and one primarily hardware product) that you can have a lot of fun with.

Of course, all of these apps can be and are used for some serious business. Additionally, with the exception of 1 item, these are all free software downloads or services that are available for the leading operating systems today including Windows, Macs and Linux.

1. Facebook

Top of the list today is easily Facebook. Addictive to many, Facebook’s one-stop site for staying in touch with your friends, family and colleagues, is also home to thousands of applications itself. Those applications span the gamut from connecting with your friends, keeping track of birthdays, staying on top of your favorite tv shows and of course, games. Lots and lots of games.

2. Skype

A free (for basic services) VoIP-based video chat application, Skype rules the roost in this category and it’s one of the many ways in which we’re taking the future for granted, for the future is here. Sure, the video and/or audio quality isn’t always great, but think about this: you ‘Skype’ with your mom, and she knows what it is and expects you to video call her now!

3. Twitter

Twitter, the micro-blogging/status update service, has become the latest go-to location for entertainment. No longer do marketers or breaking news dominate the tweets. Actors and comedians now frequently use Twitter, and while it is a new challenge for everyone, some like Conan O’Brien for example are proving that they know how to make people laugh even with a 140 character limit.

4 and 5. Firefox and Chrome

Yes, Web browsers. What’s fun about them? Granted they don’t really have very many extensions/plugins to play games in the way that the Facebooks, iPhones, and Xboxes of the world, but where else do you really watch YouTube videos, re-runs of TV shows you missed on Hulu, or play Flash-based video games on any of thousands of websites? In your browser of course.

If you’re on a Mac, you can also use Safari to great effect, but remember that Firefox and Chrome both can be extended and tweaked via the thousands of extensions, apps and themes available, most for free.

6. TiVo (DVRs in General)

Not a primarily a software program that runs on your computer, but how much fun is having a digital video recorder (DVR) like a TiVo to record your favorite TV shows and movies and then watch them later? Don’t you now wish you could hit pause or go back 10 seconds in real life too? TiVo and others like Dish Network also include Web-based interfaces so you can program your boxes even if you’re not at home directly controlling the box with its remote control.

Ok, enough reading – go fire up your favorite app, relax and have some fun.