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New Apple Watch band can predict heart problems

The Apple Watch’s latest band isn’t luxury leather or a Milanese loop, it’s unassuming plastic, but the sensors inside it could save your life. The KardiaBand, made by AliveCor, works together with the tracker already built into the Apple Watch 3[1] to detect dangerous arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation, which can lead to a stroke. Built-in sensors constantly monitor the rhythm of your heart and will notify you with an electrocardiogram, or ECG, reading when they detect anything unusual.

Pressing your thumb or finger to the metal panel on the band will give you an on-the-spot ECG reading. Already FDA approved in the US, the KardiaBand is now available to buy in the UK from AliveCor’s website for GBP199. There is also the KardiaMobile, which works the same way as the band, but doesn’t require an Apple Watch.

It loses a few features in the process, but it’s half the price at GBP99. Best Buy fitness watches[2] – track your exercise and heart rate with a top-rated fitness watch.

What else can the KardiaBand do?

KardiaBandKardiaMobile

The KardiaBand has a range of other features, but whether you can access them depends on your subscription level. There are basic and premium subscriptions.

Basic is free and premium is GBP10 per month or GBP100 for the year. When buying the KardiaBand you get a free 30-day trial for the premium subscription and you can cancel at any time. Interestingly, in the US, a premium subscription is required.

The table below shows the difference between the two.

Feature Basic Premium Records heart rhythm anytime Yes Yes Instant ECG analysis Yes Yes Detect normal heart rhythm of atrial fibrilation Yes Yes Email and print ECG recordings Yes Yes Monthly reports for your doctor No Yes Blood-pressure tracking No Yes Weight and medication tracking No Yes Unlimited cloud storage No Yes SmartRhythm monitoring for Apple Watch No Yes

Unfortunately, in the UK blood-pressure tracking isn’t set up, but all of the other features are there. SmartRhythm combines the data collected by the band and the Apple Watch to predict your heart-rate pattern. If the prediction differs from your heart rate then SmartRhythm will recommend you do an ECG.

AliveCor says that ECGs captured during these irregular rhythms can help better manage your heart health.

Send your data to a doctor

The monthly reports can be forwarded to your doctor free of charge, or you can pay GBP5 to have your data sent to a cardiologist for analysis. This charge is separate from the subscription, and you don’t need to be a premium member to have an expert take a look at your ECGs. You will receive a response within 24 hours.

Should anyone not use it?

Not quite – you shouldn’t use the KardiaBand if you have an ICD or a pacemaker, and the band isn’t designed for kids.

Torn between wearables?

Find out whether to buy a smartwatch or a fitness tracker[3].

References

  1. ^ Apple Watch 3 (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Best Buy fitness watches (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ smartwatch or a fitness tracker (www.which.co.uk)

Golden Frog VyprVPN

A virtual private network (or VPN) protects your identity online and safeguards your data when you browse the web on shared networks. Your antivirus may protect your computer, but a VPN gives protection where your computer touches the internet. VyprVPN has the robust offering of servers and excellent security features that I expect in a VPN service[1], but it offers fewer licenses than competitors in this crowded space.

VyprVPN does the job, but you simply get more (sometimes for less) with our Editors’ Choice picks.

What Is a VPN?

A VPN is an excellent way to ensure that your internet connections are secure and that no one can spy on your traffic. Once your VPN is activated, all the packets that make up your network traffic travel through an encrypted tunnel between your computer and a server controlled by the VPN service. Sites that try to identify you by your IP address see one of the VPN service’s IP addresses instead.

A VPN also hides your traffic from inspection by your Internet Service Provider. That’s a good thing, since Congress gave the green light for ISPs to sell anonymized user metadata[2] to advertisers and third-parties. With a VPN, you can be sure that using the public, unsecured Wi-Fi at the coffee shop won’t lead to your identity being stolen.

VPNs also help circumvent online censorship, and are used by activists and journalists operating in countries with repressive internet controls. On the lighter side, a VPN can spoof your location and make region-locked streaming content[3] available.

Pricing Plans

VyprVPN has collapsed its previous three-flavor pricing model to a simpler two: VyprVPN and VyprVPN Premium. Annual billing at a reduced rate is available for all account levels, though I only list the monthly rates here.

VyprVPN costs £9.95 per month and Premium goes for £12.95 per month. Both tiers offer a three-day free trial. The cheaper plan allows up to three simultaneous connections and the upper tier up to five.

That’s a little unusual, as most VPN services offer five connections at the entry level, and generally offer additional connections for a prorated monthly fee, too. Editors’ Choice winner KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, for example, costs only £5.99 per month and allows five simultaneous connections, as does Spotflux Premium[4]. Besides additional connections, the Premium tier also grants access to the custom Vypr Chameleon Protocol and VyprVPN Cloud.

Vypr’s 256-bit Chameleon protocol is designed to circumvent sites and services that block VPNs. The company says it is particularly useful in areas where the government has enacted strict controls over internet access, such as China and Russia. VpyrVPN Cloud, formerly called VyprVPN Server, is a more rarified tool.

It’s intended to supply an additional layer of security when accessing cloud server services, and currently works with Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, and VirtualBox. VyprVPN supports PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and OpenVPN at both pricing tiers. Only the custom Chameleon protocol is limited to the higher-priced plan.

Both the Windows and macOS versions can use all four of the supported protocols. The Android app, meanwhile, uses OpenVPN or Chameleon, while the iOS app uses IPsec. Note that you can opt to install the third-party OpenVPN app, enter your VyprVPN credentials, and use it, instead of VyprVPN’s iOS app, to connect to the service via the OpenVPN protocol.

All tiers (including the free offering described below) include a Network Address Translation (NAT) Firewall, which blocks unrequested inbound traffic, such as bots scanning for open ports to exploit. Almost all routers use NAT to share the single internet connection across all connected devices. The devices themselves receive local-only IP addresses that aren’t visible from outside the network.

It’s a nice feature, but probably not robust enough to replace a full-featured firewall[5]. Golden Frog VyprVPN also provides its own DNS servers to protect users, under the name VyprDNS. That’s great, as a secure DNS server prevents DNS poisoning attacks[6].

It’s a feature I’ve seen in more and more VPN services. As mentioned, VyprVPN does offer a free VPN[7] product, but it’s really more of a very limited trial. To sign up for a free account, simply download one of VyprVPN’s desktop or mobile clients.

A free account allows two simultaneous connections and access to all the protocols used by VyprVPN–including Chameleon–in addition to the secure DNS and the NAT firewall. It’s basically a tour of all the service’s best features. The catch is that free accounts are limited to just 1Gb of data.

After that, you have to choose one of the paid tiers to continue using VyprVPN. Definitely consider the VPN baked into Opera or TunnelBear’s free offering for a most robust no-cost VPN alternative. Golden Frog allows all VyprVPN users to share files via P2P or BitTorrent, regardless of the server they are on.

That’s a remarkable degree of freedom, as most services limit your P2P usage to specific servers. The service does log some information[8], and explains the practice in detail. The gist is that the company notes your IP address and the IP address of the VPN server that you connect.

This information is stored for 30 days. The company is headquartered in Switzerland, which is reportedly not subject to mandatory data retention laws that affect VPNs. The company has written extensively[9] about why it chose Switzerland as its base.

Some VPN companies have tried to make money by injecting ads directly into users’ web traffic. This is a reckless practice, and I’m glad to see it’s on the decline. A company representative confirmed that, “GoldenFrog does not inject ads or profit from our user data in any way.”

Testing VyprVPN

VyprVPN is available for Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS.

You can also install a special APK onto Android TV devices, further extending your protection. The company also provides an application for Tomato MIPS/ARM capable routers, so you can provide VPN protection toyour router. This is a smart move, since the router will, in turn, protect every device that connects with it. TorGuard[10] also makes its software available for streaming devices and routers, but it sells the hardware with the VPN software preinstalled.

That makes TorGuard’s router solution expensive, but I prefer it to VyprVPN’s DIY approach. In my testing, I installed VyprVPN on a Lenovo ThinkPad T460s[11] laptop running Windows 10. The installation process is remarkably fast and easy, and I was up and running within minutes.

Once installed, VyprVPN presents a window showing your connection status, current IP address, and the time connected. It also displays the protocol being used to encrypt your connection (OpenVPN by default), and your firewall status. A handy graph shows network performance, and the large Connect button doubles as the button for selecting your server.

The design is slick without being overwrought. It’s a little more techy looking than Hide My Ass[12], but still very friendly and easy to understand. VyprVPN has 73 server locations across Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.

It’s a great selection of locations. Taken together, this adds up to more than 700 individual servers, which is on the low end among services I’ve reviewed, but still an acceptable number. Many VPN services ignore the Middle East and Africa, and I’m especially glad to see these regions included here.

Note that VyprVPN has servers in locations with notably repressive internet laws, including China, Russia, and Turkey. I consider server locations and the number of servers to be very important. More servers means you’re less likely to connect to an overcrowded server, which can reduce performance.

More server locations means that you’ll have an easier time finding a nearby server when traveling; generally speaking, the closer the VPN server the better performance you’ll see. A multitude of server locations also gives you more options for spoofing your location. I’m less impressed that in order to select a VyprVPN server, I had to open a separate window.

The same is true for changing settings in the app. Most other VPN service I have tested manage to fit their entire interface into a single, simple window. In addition to the network security tools, VyprVPN also includes a Kill Switch feature that can be configured to halt all web traffic should your VPN connection become disconnected.

If you’re keen on this feature, it can also be found in NordVPN[13] and TorGuard, among others.

You can activate the Kill Switch feature from the Settings menu. You’ll also find an option to have VyprVPN activate automatically when you connect to an untrusted Wi-Fi network. You can also keep a list of trusted networks on which you don’t feel VPN is necessary and VyprVPN won’t activate when it detects them.

I like this feature a lot because it takes the burden of remembering to activate the VPN off the user. The Settings panel also lets you adjust some of the deep functionality of VyprVPN, which will surely please security wonks. Though VyprVPN brings many security features to bear, other services go further.

NordVPN has specialty servers that offer double encryption and even access to the Tor network. F-Secure Freedome[14] and Spotflux boast malware and phishing protection, keeping dangerous sites and software far away from your computer.

Speed and Performance

Using a VPN usually degrades your web-browsing performance, simply because your internet connection is taking a more circuitous path. To get a sense for what kind of impact a particular VPN has on web browsing, I perform two sets of tests using the Ookla speed test[15] tool. (Note that Ookla is owned by PCMag’s publisher, Ziff Davis.) First I compare the average test results without a VPN to the average results with a VPN connected to a nearby VPN server. This is how most people will probably use their VPN, as it puts an emphasis on speed and reliability.

For the second test, I compare the average test results while connected to an Ookla test server in Alaska, but not using the VPN, to the same configuration while the VPN is active and connected to a VPN server in Australia. This extreme distance, from Alaska to Australia, puts strain on the connection and stress-tests the service. Networks are notoriously finicky.

Speed and performance can change quickly, so the best measurements are taken over time, and even in different contexts. For my testing, I aim for more of a snapshot in time, controlling for as many variables as I can. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

In my domestic testing, I found that VyprVPN increased latency by 17.6 percent, which is on par for other products in this test. Spotflux Premium VPN takes the lead in this test, reducing latency by 4 percent. VyprVPN had no effect–positive or negative–on download speeds.

That’s great, but not quite as impressive as PureVPN[16], which actually improved download speeds by 346.4 percent. That streak was broken in the upload test, in which VyprVPN dragged down upload speeds by 14.2 percent, nearly double the average. Spotflux again has the best score in this test, reducing upload speeds by only 0.4 percent.

In the harsher international tests, VyprVPN increased latency by 285.7 percent. That’s on the higher end of average, and a far cry from AnchorFree Hotspot Shield Elite, which increased latency by only 155.4 percent. The download test was also middling for VyprVPN, which decreased download speeds by 24.2 percent.

PureVPN again has the best score, improving download speeds by some 403.4 percent. VyprVPN managed to redeem itself in the upload test. Here, it reduced upload speeds by only 3.2 percent.

That’s the second best score behind Hotspot Shield Elite, which improved upload speeds by 1.4 percent. There are many ways to measure network performance, I do consider the download metric to be particularly significant as most of us use the internet to consume digital content. So when I try to figure out the fastest VPN[17] service, I’m usually looking at download speeds.

For two years, PureVPN has far and beyond surpassed the competition on speed alone, and has earned an Editors’ Choice award for its feat.

VyprVPN For Macs

The VyprVPN Mac client[18] shares much in common with its Windows cousin. The app is built around a tall, slender window with a graph showing your connection speeds and status at the top, with a big blue Connect button at the bottom. But while the Windows client kept its options entirely in a Settings menu, the Mac client puts some toggle switches out front in case you want to make fast changes.

Although VyprVPN doesn’t exactly blend in among other Mac apps, I found it to be very easy to use in my testing. A brief tutorial will assure new users, and experienced ones can happily dip into VyprVPN’s more advanced settings. One obstacle to adoption, however, is that the Mac client is not available from the official App Store.

You’ll have to download and install it yourself.

In my speed tests, I found that VyprVPN performed quite well on a Mac. It’s likely you won’t notice an annoying slow down when it’s switched on. And in, some circumstances, it might actually improve performance.

VyprVPN For iPhones

Converting a desktop app for use on mobile devices always requires some compromises.

The VyprVPN iPhone app[19], for example, shirks the design aesthetic of its desktop brethren, opting for something much more akin to an old-style train departure board. Some of these changes are for the better: the server selection screen on iOS is far more compact and readable at a glance. You also won’t find the Kill Switch feature in the iOS client.

That’s not unusual for iPhone VPNs, and only NordVPN boasts this feature on Apple’s mobile platform. Thankfully, the mobile version retains the option to automatically engage when you connect your phone to an untrusted network. That’s excellent, since people carry phones everywhere and therefore will be tempted by the siren song of free Wi-Fi when out and about.

Unfortunately, the iPhone client only offers IPsec and IKEv2 VPN protocols. That’s a bit odd, considering how much stock the company has placed in its Chameleon Protocol. Apple has tight restrictions about VPN protocols, however, and makes developers run through additional hoops to use services like OpenVPN.

Hopefully future updates will bring move flexibility in this department. One thing that didn’t change in the move to the iPhone is the excellent performance VyprVPN offers. In my testing, it delivered very strong speed-test results.

A Strong VPN Option

Golden Frog VyprVPN is a worthy choice.

It brings a strong collection of security tools to the table, with easy installation, numerous and globally diverse servers, advanced security tools, and fine-grained controls. I also greatly appreciate the latitude it gives users with its P2P and BitTorrent policy. Its data-capped free version is more of a trial, but you’d want a trial before signing up anyhow, because VyprVPN is fairly expensive.

And it only allows three simultaneous connections at the entry-level tier, which is stingy.

For excellent security at a better value, I recommend Editors’ Choice winners KeepSolid VPN Unlimited[20], NordVPN, and Private Internet Access.

And for raw speed, try PureVPN.

Golden Frog VyprVPN

Bottom Line: Golden Frog VyprVPN offers advanced features, a robust service, and a friendly interface, but the most affordable plan doesn’t cover as many devices as the competition.

References

  1. ^ VPN service (www.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ sell anonymized user metadata (www.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ region-locked streaming content (www.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ Spotflux Premium (www.pcmag.com)
  5. ^ firewall (www.pcmag.com)
  6. ^ DNS poisoning attacks (www.pcmag.com)
  7. ^ free VPN (www.pcmag.com)
  8. ^ does log some information (www.goldenfrog.com)
  9. ^ written extensively (www.goldenfrog.com)
  10. ^ TorGuard (www.pcmag.com)
  11. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad T460s (www.pcmag.com)
  12. ^ Hide My Ass (www.pcmag.com)
  13. ^ NordVPN (uk.pcmag.com)
  14. ^ F-Secure Freedome (www.pcmag.com)
  15. ^ Ookla speed test (www.pcmag.com)
  16. ^ PureVPN (www.pcmag.com)
  17. ^ fastest VPN (www.pcmag.com)
  18. ^ VyprVPN Mac client (uk.pcmag.com)
  19. ^ VyprVPN iPhone app (www.pcmag.com)
  20. ^ KeepSolid VPN Unlimited (uk.pcmag.com)

The Best Free Antivirus Protection of 2018

Free Malware, Spyware, and Adware Protection

It’s fun to buy holiday gifts for your friends and family, but too much of that fun can leave your bank balance low. You might be tempted to let your premium antivirus protection[1] lapse, to save money. Don’t do it!

Instead, switch to a free antivirus, at least until you built up your cash reserves. The best free antivirus utilities offer very good protection. We’ve analyzed 17 of these to help you make your choice.

Your antivirus should definitely have the ability to root out existing malware, but its ongoing task is to prevent ransomware, botnets, Trojans, and other types of nasty programs from getting a foothold. All of the antivirus programs in this collection offer real-time malware protection[2]. Some take the fight upstream, working hard to ensure you never even browse to a malware-hosting site, or get fooled into turning over your credentials to a phishing site.

Free Antivirus vs.

Paid Antivirus

If free antivirus tools are so great, why should anybody pay? For one thing, quite a few of these products are free only for noncommercial use; if you want to protect your business, you have to pony up for the paid edition. At that point, you should probably consider upgrading to a full security suite[3].

After all, it’s your business’s security on the line. Even for personal use, most for-pay antivirus tools offer more than their free counterparts–sometimes a lot more. For example, Kaspersky Free doesn’t include the paid edition’s powerful System Watcher component, which monitors processes exhibiting malicious behavior and, if necessary, rolls back changes made by malware.

The paid edition of adaware’s antivirus adds a similar behavior-based detection tool, along with protection against malicious and fraudulent websites that the free version lacks. And Panda reserves quite a few features for paying customers, among them firewall protection, application control, and detection of insecure Wi-Fi connections. In addition, many companies don’t offer full-scale tech support for users of the free edition.

The first time you need extra help digging a particularly stubborn piece of malware out of your system, you might regret the lack of support.

Independent Antivirus Lab Test Results

Around the world, researchers at independent antivirus testing labs spend their days putting antivirus tools to the test. Some of these labs regularly release public reports on their findings. I follow four such labs closely: AV-Comparatives, AV-Test Institute, SE Labs, and MRG-Effitas.

I also take note of whether vendors have contracted for certification by ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs. Security companies typically pay for the privilege of being included in testing. In return, the labs supply them with detailed reports that can help improve their products.

The number of labs that include a particular vendor serves as a measure of significance. In each case, the lab considered the product important enough to test, and the vendor felt the price was worthwhile. The labs don’t necessarily test a vendor’s free product, but most vendors pack full protection into the free product, enhancing premium versions with additional features.

We Test Malware Protection

In addition to carefully perusing results from the independent labs, I also run my own hands-on malware protection test.

I expose each antivirus to a collection of malware samples, including a variety of different malware types, and note its reaction. Typically the antivirus will wipe out most of the samples on sight, and detect some of the remaining ones when I try to launch them. I derive a malware blocking score from 0 to 10 points based on how thoroughly the antivirus protects the test system from these samples.

Since I use the same samples month after month, the malware-blocking test definitely doesn’t measure a product’s ability to detect brand-new threats. In a separate test, I attempt to download malware from 100 very new malicious URLs supplied by MRG-Effitas[4], typically less than a day old. I note whether the antivirus blocked all access to the URL, wiped out the malicious payload during download, or did nothing.

Norton holds the current top score in this test, followed by Avira Free Antivirus. If you’re interested in learning more about my testing techniques, you’re welcome to read more about how we test security software[5].

Useful Features

Just about every antivirus product scans files on access to make sure malware can’t launch, and also scans the entire system on demand, or on a schedule you set. Once that cleaning and scheduling is done, blocking all access to malware-hosting URLs is another good way to avoid trouble.

Many products extend that protection to also steer users away from fraudulent websites, phishing sites that try to steal login credentials for financial sites and other sensitive sites. A few rate links in search results, flagging any dangerous or iffy ones. Behavior-based detection, a feature of some antivirus products, is a two-edged sword.

On the one hand, it can detect malware that’s never been seen before. On the other hand, if it’s not done right, it can baffle the user with messages about perfectly legitimate programs. Any antivirus should eliminate spyware along with other types of malware, but some products include features designed specifically for spyware protection[6].

Features like encryption to protect your sensitive data and webcam control to prevent remote peeping typically show up in commercial products, not free ones. But some free products include features like a simple on-screen keyboard to foil keyloggers. One easy way to keep your PC protected is to install all security updates, both for Windows and for browsers and other popular applications.

Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to stay up to date, but there are plenty of security holes in older Windows versions, in popular apps, and in add-ons. Scanning for vulnerabilities in the form of missing updates is a feature most often found in commercial antivirus products, but it does turn up in some free ones. In the chart above you can see which products include these useful features.

What’s Not Here?

What About Windows Defender?

This article reports only on free antivirus products that received at least a good rating in our reviews–three stars or better. Among those that didn’t make the cut is Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center[7], with 2.5 stars. All of the independent labs I follow do include Microsoft in testing, but most use it as a baseline.

If a product can’t do better than the baseline, it’s got real problems. Several free utilities devoted entirely to ransomware protection[8] recently joined the party. Cybereason RansomFree, Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta, and Trend Micro RansomBuster exist for the sole purpose of fending off any ransomware attack that your regular antivirus misses.

Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware works by fooling ransomware to think that your computer is already infected. I include them in the blurbs below and encourage you to give them a try. They don’t appear in the chart simply because they don’t do the job of a full-scale antivirus utility.

There are also numerous free antivirus utilities that work solely to clean up existing malware infestations. You bring out these cleanup-only tools when you have a nasty malware problem. When the malware’s gone, they have no further use, since they offer no ongoing protection.

Our favorite in this category is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and it’s definitely one you should try if you’ve got a malware problem. But since they’re free, you can keep trying others if the first one doesn’t do the job. When the scare is over, you’ll need a full-blown antivirus for ongoing protection.

What’s the Best Free Antivirus?

Our current Editors’ Choice products for free antivirus utility are Avast Free Antivirus and AVG AntiVirus Free.

Both get very good scores from the independent labs, and in our own tests as well. Both include some useful bonus features. Avast in particular packs a password manager[9] and a network security scanner in its toolkit.

If you do have a little cash in your budget for security, the best paid antivirus software does offer more and better protection. If not, try a few of these free tools and see which one you like best. Worried you might already be infected?

Check out our article on the signs you have malware[10].

Featured Free Antivirus Protection Reviews:

  • [11]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: AVG AntiVirus Free has a new look, and some new technology, but our hands-on tests and independent lab tests show that it’s just as reliable as ever.

    Read Review[12]

  • [13]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: The consequences of a ransomware attack are dire, so a second layer of defense like Cybereason RansomFree is a great idea. It’s free; go ahead and install it.

    Read Review[14]

  • [15]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: Kaspersky Free offers full-scale basic malware protection that gets excellent scores from the independent labs, at no cost.

    Read Review[16]

  • [17]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta watches program behavior to thwart any ransomware that gets past your existing antivirus. This lightweight, free utility makes a great addition to your secu…

    Read Review[18]

  • [19]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: Sophos Home brings the company’s sophisticated business-grade antivirus technology to the home user, for free.

    It scores very well with the independent labs, and in most (but not all) of our…

    Read Review[20]

  • [21]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: The free Avira Antivirus gets excellent ratings from the independent labs, but in testing its scans were slow, and its browser protection only works with Chrome and Firefox.

    Read Review[22]

  • [23]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: In a complete makeover, adaware antivirus free 12 has a new name and a new look. Under the hood, though, its test results aren’t the best, and competing free products have much more to offer…

    Read Review[24]

  • [25]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware vaccinates your PC against infection by four specific ransomware families, and testing shows that it does the job. But you’ll need some other kind of protection t…

    Read Review[26]

  • [27]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: The free Comodo Antivirus 10 has a new look, and it aced our hands-on malware blocking test.

    However, it didn’t do as well on other tests by PCMag or the few independent labs that have evalu…

    Read Review[28]

  • [29]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: Although it’s designed to work with a network appliance, FortiClient 5.0 also functions as a standalone antivirus, with parental control and VPN client thrown in.

    And it’s free!

    Read Review[30]

  • [31]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: Panda Free Antivirus boasts an attractive user interface and an unusual USB vaccination feature, but its scores have slipped in both our tests and independent lab tests.

    Read Review[32]

  • [33]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: The free Qihoo 360 Total Security 8.6 comes with a ton of bonus tools, but its core antivirus protection doesn’t measure up to the best free antivirus tools.

    Read Review[34]

  • [35]

    MSRP: £0.00

    Bottom Line: It’s very good of Trend Micro to make RansomBuster available for free, and its Folder Shield successfully prevents unauthorized changes to your documents.

    However, the behavior-based detecti…

    Read Review[36]

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