Antivirus software doesn’t have to cost a lot. Avira and Adaware are both low-cost options that are great value for money. They offer top-quality malware protection using signature-scanning and behavior-monitoring to protect from known and unknown attacks. They also provide a broad range of additional features.
Avira includes anti-ransomware and anti-phishing protocols. While it doesn’t include a firewall, it will help you optimize the built-in Windows option. It also tackles speed issues with a PC tune-up tool that deletes unnecessary files and logs to prevent slowdown. Users are notified whenever any piece of software needs updating, so you’re always protected from security holes. The payment protection and price-comparison tool are great for shopping online. Avira is only available for Windows, but there’s a free version.
Adaware is another fantastic budget-friendly Windows antivirus product. Along with malware protection, you get automatic port scanning, parental control settings, email protection with anti-phishing security, and more. One minor drawback of Adaware is that it takes two reboots to install, which is more than most antivirus software requires. The product has a free version as well.