Fall 2010 free security suite roundup

Seth Rosenblatt Seth Rosenblatt, Senior associate editor December 23, 2010

AVG Internet Security Free underwent a big update in 2010, as did Microsoft Security Essentials and Ad-Aware. Panda's Cloud Antivirus also saw some changes. Check out this chart to see how they compare.

Product Name Panda Free Antivirus AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + Microsoft Security Essentials
Date Added November 21, 2014 October 23, 2014 December 18, 2014 July 25, 2013
Editor's Rating
Average User Rating
Review Date August 13, 2014 November 05, 2014 December 08, 2014 December 22, 2010
Summary Panda Free Antivirus is fast and free, boasts the top score in real-world protection, and offers a USB drive cleaner.Pros High security scores: Panda ... Read more AVG AntiVirus comes in three models: Free, Pro, and Internet Security. AntiVirus Free includes AVG's antivirus engine, Link Protection, and File Shredder. Pro adds ... Read more Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines Bitdefender's advanced scanning technology with antispyware to provide you with top-of-the-line antivirus protection without system slowdowns.Pros Employs ... Read more The bottom line: Microsoft Security Essentials 2 will protect you, and it will generally do it well. However, its impact on system performance could be ... Read more
License Free Free Free Free
Limitations No limitations No limitations No limitations No limitations
Downloads Last Week 64204 639864 194448 1329
Total Downloads 5405924 534559860 388075648 3554893
File Size 1.56MB 4.42MB 1.84MB 10.58MB
Operating Systems Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows XP
Windows
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows XP
Windows
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows XP
Windows
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows XP
Windows
Windows Vista
Additional Requirements No additional requirements No additional requirements No additional requirements No additional requirements
Publisher Panda Security AVG Technologies USA Lavasoft Microsoft