Best free antivirus to protect your computer

Antivirus protection for your computer

As a driving instructor you need your computer/tablet/phone to be reliable and in full working order. Get a virus on your computer or your phone and not only will it waste a lot of time while you sort it out but you may not be able to send or receive messages to people who are making enquiries for lessons. So – prevention is always better than the cure and you can avoid 99.9% of all viruses, trojans and other malware by using an anti virus programme.


Good News #1. If you have a Windows 10 desktop or laptop you already have some measure of protection from the built in Windows Defender.

Good News #2. There are plenty of free versions of top quality anti virus software available – so it doesn’t cost you a penny! (Note – some versions are free for “non-commercial” usage so you’ll have to be aware of that.)

The most well known anti virus software is probably Norton. Your computer may have come pre-loaded with a free limited time trial version. For most people Norton is an unnecessary expense. It doesn’t do a better job that many of the other programmes out there and many users find it slows there machine down significantly.

So here we have the 5 Best Antivirus programmes for your computer

AVG – does a great job. Can be a little sneaky at getting you to add toolbars etc that you didn’t want and the free version doesn’t give you all the bells and whistles.
PC mag gives it 4½ stars

AVAST – Another bit of free software that does a great job.
PC Mag 4½ stars

BITDEFENDER – My personal favourite. Doesn’t slow my machine down and non-intrusive, working quietly in the background.
PC Mag 4 stars

MALWARE BYTES – Another solid performer. A good choice for doing a scan if you think you may have a virus.
PC Mag 4 Stars

KASPERSKY – One of the most well respected anti virus brands. Often called upon for comment by the likes of BBC. Formula1 sponsors
PC Mag 4½ Stars