Can you Trust Free Anti-Virus?
I ran across an interesting article the other day that questions whether a user can rely upon free anti-virus: http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2009/07/04/symantec-its-dangerous-to-rely-on-free-antivirus/. The source of the quotes in the article is of course one of the big paid anti-virus companies. And it erroneously concludes that free products cannot be trusted, are not sufficient, etc. But then again why should a firm that makes a billion dollars a year off of paid anti-virus conclude that a free anti-virus product is good…..
The article does make very good points about what is needed in a security product. Its only error is in concluding that a free product does not provide these capabilities. So, here are the points the article makes and why they are wrong (at least for avast):
Now of course we do have a free and a paid product. And as I described in another posting, we are not entirely altruistic in providing the free product. But the free product is in fact very, very good. For many, if not most users it is perfectly sufficient. Our paid version does have some additional features—but the core security protection is very similar. Our upcoming Version 5 will also have additional features. But we do believe all users should have access to top notch security even if they can't or won't pay for it. That is why we have the free product.
So, don't worry that paid security companies claim your free protection is not good enough. It is.
If you still aren't sure, here is a review: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2282704,00.asp