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In a world in which the majority of personal information is stored on computers and mobile devices, it’s crucial to protect them from malware, ransomware and spyware that can take or destroy data. Unfortunately, the best antivirus software typically comes with hefty costs and, therefore, if you’re on a tight budget or need to safeguard multiple devices, a free option is essential.

If you’re looking to find a reliable antivirus program that doesn’t slow down your system, Bitdefender Antivirus Free is the best choice. Its antivirus engine, while advanced it is low on system resources and stops ransomware attacks, cryptocurrency theft and modern „spearphishing“. It also warns you about vulnerable settings for your system like developer mode, and informs users of applications that are able to access your personal data without permission.

Another alternative is Microsoft’s built-in Windows Defender, which can be found on nearly every device running the operating system and doesn’t require any action on your part. It is able to automatically update definitions and block any unknown programs and file types. It also offers real-time security for your Windows PC.

If you’re in need of an antivirus that is more robust for your Android, look no further than Avast Security Free. It’s a user-friendly, simple application that checks your phone for viruses and malware and monitors unsafe settings and apps and even detects suspicious callers and text messages. It also blocks phishing websites and comes with a GPS tracker in case you lose your phone. If someone attempts to hack into your smartphone three times it will take their picture and send it to you with the date, time as well as the location and date.