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As Windows Operating system is more popular, it can be easily attacked by hackers if not protected by best Antivirus software available. Also a new operating system known as “Windows 8″ is launched by Microsoft Company.

Fortunately there is plenty of free antivirus software, which prevents malware and viruses from being injected into your PC. But which are the best among them?

Below we listed the top five antivirus for windows based on several points like it’s rating, user reviews etc.

1. Bit Defender Antivirus Plus 2014

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition has been engineered to enable you to enjoy your computer to the max, without having to worry about viruses and other e-threats.

The program is very compact with a very basic interface. It provides effective on-demand and automatic scanning, real-time antivirus and antiphishing protection.

On the other hand there are no option, setting to schedule  scan, scan types in free edition. But still it the best antivirus for those who want simplicity.

You can download free Bit Defender from here

2. Avast Antivirus 2014

If your requirement is only for best antivirus and antimalware protection only then Avast is for you. It has good rating, simple to install and include Browser protection.

It has some great futures like real-time protection of files, email, web surfing, instant messages, and even suspicious behavior. It support Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 OS. Free Antivirus regularly updates malware definitions and the program itself to stay current against new threats.

In pro version there any several future are added like Safe zone which secure your online shopping and banking, deepScreen which enables deep scanning etc.

You have to register for continue use.

For Android mobile Avast is also a best Antivirus and I recommend this.

Free Download Link:

3. AVG Antivirus Free 2014

AVG is also another best free antivirus which protect your system from virus, threads and malwares. It includes PC tuneup analysis, browser toolbar, Do not track technology. After installation you find out it’s scanning speed is very fast. Also antiriot kit scanning is available. It also include e-mail and Social networking protection.

One of the best things about AVG Anti-Virus is that it offers neat, effective protection while staying silently minimized in your system tray without guzzling system resources and of course, without constantly bothering you with warning windows or update messages.

AVG Anti-Virus is well designed and have more user-friendly interface.

But it tries to modify browser settings during installation

AVG is also available for Android handset and Mac OS.

Get it here -

4. Microsoft Security Essentials

This is the official security software from the Microsoft.

Microsoft Security Essentials Free Download. This antivirus give protection for both home and business pcs. It protect from viruses, malwares and spywares.

The best thing about the Microsoft Security Essentials is it is easy to install and use, simple user interface and light version. It has three types of scan - quick, full, or customizable.

But it has a low detection rate in malware detection.

For windows 8 it is called as Windows Defender.

5. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free

One other free security program worth your consideration is Panda cloud Antivirus.

It is highly popular light weight antivirus program. It is based on cloud computing. The good thing is it is the incorporated with fully functional firewall. It also protect from malware. It is very effective at finding and eliminating threats.

Panda Cloud Antivirus & Firewall's interface has large, easy to locate buttons for on-demand analysis, statistics, quarantine and trash, as well as security status.

But it is not so powerful tool to scan your disk and clean latent threats. Also if you are internet user it is not so useful because it’s protection against phishing site is weak.

You can download Panda Cloud Antivirus from here.

Top 5 Free Antivirus Software for Windows 7, 8 & 8.1

Oct. 25, 2012  / Posted By - Kiran Patil