Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 20162016 Best Antivirus & Best Free antivirus for PC and laptop (With Unbiased review) – In this List of Top 10 best Free Antivirus Software 2016 We will Talk about All These Anti viruses.

These are One Of the Best Antivirus Which are performing Well Since Last Many Years. Our Review Will give You Genuine Information About These Antiviruses.

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Short bytes:  We at Studydhaba.com made our own list of  top 10 best free antivirus software of 2016 latest version of these antivirus with our own 4 different machines to check compatibility with different platform compatibility like for windows 10, windows 8.1 & 8, Android or mac.  This will help you decide which best free antivirus suits is best for you without doing the rigorous testing which we had to go though for all common platforms which you usually use. 

In today’s scenario, All the threats of hackers and virus have increased so much that nobody feels safe without any kind of defences .  Hackers are breaking into government and other organisation data servers for stealing your personal information like a hot knife through butter, there is nothing you can do about it as it is not your job. But what you can do is protect your information from your end of servers from all those Malware, Trojans and Password stealing Keyloggers by installing antivirus for all kind of threat protection. As Hackers and programmers are designing all kind of  virus and other programs everyday which is making it totally impossible for us to safe guard our system from these threats.

Most Peoples usually go with just buying all these premium Antivirus software ( i.e Bitdefender, McAfee and Norton to protect their systems from all these constant threats ). But all this security comes with paying high premiums to all these companies which usually not everyone can’t afford and which is also illogical! There are allot of freemium  and unpaid antivirus softwares out there which are under development and usually give tough competition to all those top paid antivirus. So we at Lite Le,  have brought together a list of best free Antivirus software of 2016 with a detailed review of each and everyone of them with all useful information which we you need to know about them.

In this article we tried to answer your questions like
Is your antivirus in top 10 or not? Is your antivirus best ? or if there is a better Antivirus for free.? or which antivirus is the best?

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Our Testing Platform:

We tried to use the most Popular hardware configuration (Steam Survey Most popular Configuration 2016)

PC(Med level)Intel i5 (4th Gen)2.69 GhzRAM:4GBVRAM: 2048 MB (Dedicated Graphic)Windows 8.1
1 TB
Laptop
(Entry Level)
Intel i3 (4th Gen)1.9 GhzRAM:2GBVRAM:1024MB(Integrated Graphic)Windows 8

500 GB

Laptop(Med-High Level)Intel i7 (4th Gen)2.7 GhzRAM:8GBVRAM:1024MB(Dedicated Graphic)Windows 10  1 TB
MacBook Air(Mid Level)Intel i5 (4th Gen)1.6 GhzRAM:4GBIntel HD Graphics 6000OX 10.11“El Capitan” 256 GB

** We used entry level and mid Level only because we wanted this list to work for all pic configuration not just all the high end configuration . Any antivirus working fine on mid level then it will be working fine on high end too.

So Lets start with the list:

Best Free Antivirus Software Of 2016:Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

10. Qihoo 360 Total Security (2.5 out of 5

Home Screen Of Qihoo 360 Total Security free Antivirus Software

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10; Mac OS X 10.7 or later (including OS X Yosemite & OS X El Capitan); Android 2.2 and up.

Hardware Requirements: 300MHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 275MB HD;

Qihoo is a Hong Kong/ Chinese company, It has two products in its 360 product line – 360 Total Security and Total Security Essentials – both products totally free. it was a little sticky with entry level PC and Laptop but with medium level and high level it was running smooth. Even though Qihoo 360 Total Security is new in World market, but it has a really good 500 million customers base in China, so it already has a proven track record.
Con: It does not have any antispam and any online storage;

Performance results:-

Scan Test: We used a batch of 50GB files,Initial Scan process was very slow, it took 2 hours 20 minutes to scan complete 64,742 files. with a rate of 8.2 Files per second. Its not that important, as other scan ran quicker and the rescan of the test, Amazingly ,scanning of over 1200 files during rerun took almost half of the time.

Copy Test:  During transfer of a batch of 1 GB files Between drives during scanning and non-scanning, I took more 12.5 seconds which is a 25 percent increase in time.

Our Review:  Total security 2016 package is full with extra features which is a plus over other free antivirus products, So its not a bad choice. But you should be a full geek to make all those extra features any useful. So, if you are installing this antivirus then you should first go into settings and enable Bitdefender scanning features.


09. Forticlient (2.7 out of 5)

Home Screen Of forticlient free Antivirus Software

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10; Mac OS X 10.6 or later (including OS X Yosemite & OS X El Capitan); Android 4.0 and up.

Hardware Requirements: 250MHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 285MB HD;

Forticlient is a product for Fortinet , Forti net is well known for its enterprise level security products . So, its a very well reputed in industry with some really high end clients such as Wipro and Hitachi, If they can protect these huge corporations then your platform will be a piece of cake. FortiClient 5.0, it itself  is a very effective free antivirus with  few really fascinating features.

Cons: It is less effective in stopping newer malicious URLs. It’s Parental control is also not really effective.  If we are stopping Parental control then antiphishing are getting disabled too.

Performance results:-

Scan Test: With our 50GB test batch, it scanned it in just 1 hour.

Copy Test:  During transfer of a batch of 1 GB files Between drives during scanning and non-scanning, I took more 15 seconds which is a 32 percent increase in time.

Our Review:  Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

When the programmers of Fort Client 5.0 decided to make it they may have decided it to be as more of a network application with Antivirus, parental control and VPN client thrown in as freebies.


08. AdAware Free Antivirus (2.9 out of 5

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Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10 ;

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Hardware Requirements: 800MHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 1.8GB HD;

As we have seen that almost all the Antivirus designers are sticking to a Same UI for long times (which makes them look a little outdated.). But not Lavasoft Ad Aware Free Antivirus, as they have totally upgraded its UI interface to catch up with the modern gen.

In Ad Aware Free Antivirus 10.5, they had placed all the main feature controls on the front Window, it seems like it was a testing phase for all those new updated features, In there newer version 11 which we tested, has all these features sorted out in amazing interactive tabs, which makes it less jumbled and more organised. which makes it easy for less geeky guys to operate it more easily.

Cons: When we tested its previous version i.e version 10.5, It was moreefficient & quicker in malware detecting then version 11 which is the latest version of this antivirus.

Performance results:-

Scan Test: With our 50GB test batch, it scanned it in just 58 min. which is just borderline faster then forticlient 5.0.

Copy Test:  During transfer of a batch of 1 GB files Between drives during scanning and non-scanning, I took more 10 seconds which is a 22 percent increase in time.

Our Review:  

When the designers of Lavasoft gave Ad Aware free Antivirus+11 a complete overhaul to the UI and a newer antivirus engine . This made its UI really pleasant but in background they might have compromised its malware detection system.


07. Comodo Antivirus (3 out of 5) Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10; Mac OS X 10.4 or later (including OS X Yosemite & OS X El Capitan); Android 2.2 and up.

Hardware Requirements: 1GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 1.2 GB Hard disk space;

Almost all antivirus vendors give away free antivirus but they always withholds some exclusive features for their premium version. but It looks like Comodo antivirus is not doing so they are literally giving away almost all exclusive features in its both versions, paid and free. But only with a single exception thats 24*7 hours remote support, so they can literally fix your problem via remote access.

Cons: We only found two problems, Its malicious URL Blocking system is not that good. Its Intrusion detection system is not enabled by default.

Performance results:-

Scan Test: With our 50GB test batch, it scanned it in just 52 min.

Copy Test:  During transfer of a batch of 1 GB files Between drives during scanning and non-scanning, I took more 12 seconds which is a 25 percent increase in time.

Our Review:  

Although Comodo Antivirus is a great virus protection system but the main problem is that handling of all those advance feature will be too complicated for a non geeky user.


06. Avira Free Antivirus (3.2 out of 5) Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10; Android 4.0 and up; IOS; Mac OS X 10.6 and up

Hardware Requirements: 1GHz CPU, 512 RAM, 150 MB HD;

Avira’s Free Antivirus have a conventional UI design when has not changed much along with its newer updates over all these years. they tried to catch up with all these newer antivirus UI designs by offering a newer launcher.  We think this is more of a marketing stunt just to catch up with market. it helps customers with a quick launch module.

what we like more in this antivirus is it comes with its System Speedup app, which helps get rid of junk files and all those privacy problems.

Cons: Its phishing website detection system is really poor. Its Tech support is also limited.

Our Review:

Although its a really good antivirus for protection but if they can solve that phishing website detection system problem, this Antivirus can rank even higher.


05. MalwareBytes  Anti-Malware (3.5 out of 5)

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10 ;

Hardware Requirements: 900MHz CPU, 800 RAM, 1.2 GB HD;

As the name suggest MalwareBytes is one of the best Malware removal system. This antivirus is a really trusted antivirus. Earlier this antivirus was only used as the last resort for removing malwares from the system when all other antivirus didn’t work, as its UI was really poor and  usually Tech savvy consumers and Tech support used to use it. But now when a UI Makeover anyone can use it without too much tech knowledge.

We are giving it this position even though it mostly a malware remover only because this software is a software on whom you can trust without any doubt . We ourself have personal experienced and used it in times when no other antivirus worked this antivirus came into our rescue.

Cons: As we told you its anyone last resort when you are confirm that you are infected, It does not have any real time protection system., so its usually used along with any other antivirus.

Our Review:

This antivirus comes to your rescue when you are dead in water when all other antivirus fails. It has the most effective malware removal system we have ever tested. Afters Its UI improvements its appearance looks really pleasant and it has stepped down the difficulty to operate it.


04. AVG Antivirus (3.8 out of 5)

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Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP/ Vista/7/8/8.1/windows 10; IOS; Mac OS X 10.8 and up

Hardware Requirements: 1GHz CPU, 512 RAM, 150 MB HD;

When you see that an Antivirus has millions of user worldwide then you can say that antivirus is doing something . The Newer version of AVG Antivirus has scored really high points from our test.  AVG got some bad publicity in past when there were rumour spread around that AVG is selling your personal information but those rumour never got proved, It seems to us that these rumour were spread by their competitors.

AVG’s dark-hued UI is really organised,  with its simple 5 tab design and separate five color circle to tell user there level of security. there is just a little problem, As every company want to earn money, AVG also made it little tricky in installing free edition, during installation process we have to go into custom install(which usually users ignores). they will always give us a constant reminder with its ad panel at bottom of its antivirus.

Cons:  AVG PC tuneup has only one day trial license with its free edition.

Our Review:

AVG Antivirus has its own independent testing lab which helps it allot during development and it is has a really good reputation.


03. Avast Free Antivirus (4 out of 5)

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP and above; IOS; Mac OS X 10.6 and up; Android

Hardware Requirements: 1GHz CPU, 256 RAM, 1.5GB HD;

Avast UI haven’t changed much since over all these years, they have just changed the color scheme. Avast has decreased number of tabs even lesser from AVG to simple 4 tabs which makes its UI less clustered. Its system scan is really fast. Its Real-time Protection is high grade, it always starts just before any program even tries to access any files whereas most antivirus monitors only when Windows explorer access any files.

Cons: Its Full on-demand scan is really slow during our testing process.  Allot of features can only be enabled after paying premium only. Its password management feature and Form-Filling are also not working.

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Our Review:

Avast Free Antivirus 2016 also has its own independent testing lab, it earned some brownie points during our AntiPhishing and Anti Malware Test. It seems to us that there Password management system and form filling  features are still under development and were added into 2016 version in a hurry to catch up its launch date.


02. Panda Free Antivirus (4.1 out of 5)

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Allowed Platforms: Windows  XP and above ; IOS; Mac OS X 10.6 and up; Android

Hardware Requirements: 300 MHz CPU, 512 MB RAM, 265 MB HD;

Till few years ago, Nobody had heard of Panda Antivirus, But Panda Security has broken through with all those huddle thrown in its path. It deserves to have 2nd spot because it has earned it. It has all the features which are needed to be a good antivirus.  Its Malware Blocking & Malicious URL blocking  are of top of its class.  It had the easiest installation process, we can have complete installation with just 2 clicks. This antivirus is so light, you won’t even know it is installed on your computer until and unless it detects any threat  which raise a Red Flags. Its full system scan was really smooth, we didn’t even felt like any antivirus was running in background while as scan was running.

Cons: We found only one negative in this antivirus was its Phishing protection was just a little lower then expected.

Our Review:

We have to take note that Panda Free Antivirus is free so we can expect it may not outperform other premium antivirus but then also for some features it gave good competitions to them. It became our second choice after our Top ranker.


01. BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition (4.8 out of 5) Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software 2016

Allowed Platforms: Windows (Everything Above XP) ; IOS; Mac OS X 10.5 and up; Android 4.0

Hardware Requirements: 1 GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 1GB HD;

If you call anything Ferrari of antivirus this is the one. It tops every test with flying colors. This antivirus doesn’t require any marketing, its work speaks for itself, no questions asked. If any reviewer outranks it with anyother antivirus then he is paid for to do so. It is the Lightest and the fastest. No Ads or Popups or any other annoying things like all other antivirus. It has the Unbreachable Security firewall.

Cons: It has None. Forget it you will find None.

Our Review:

It is the beast in all other antivirus software. it is something which even virus should be scared off. It has a really smaller and compact UI , Not like all other Antivirus with huge UI which distracts users with their design. It lets user do their work and does its own work, it literally checks every line of code for all the website you visit.


Writers Recommendation: If you have not installed any Antivirus yet then stop reading  and go install Bitdefender antivirus and forget about anything else.  We have been using it for last 3 years and never ever had a security breach .  It has all the features which are required by any user and it even has features which are suppose to run in background and user doesn’t even need to know about.  This Antivirus doesn’t run allot of marketing campaigns like others because its user speaks for itself. We have even challenged Pros to get though our security but nobody get through. According to us there is no other Antivirus which can top our list of top 10 free antivirus .

If you feel Like any other antivirus should have gone on our list of Top 10 Best Free  Antivirus Software of 2016 then please give your suggestions in comment section below.
It took us 4 days in testing all these antivirus software to make the list as authentic as possible .