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Free antivirus: win –win situation right? Full protection and zero cost?
Not quite; free antivirus programs are missing essential aspects of protection you really need.

Incomplete protection. None of the popular free antivirus programs offer complete protection. If there is a premium model available, aspects of that premium service will be missing in the free version to ensure you have a reason to upgrade.

Limited support. Most major antivirus providers don’t offer free over-the-phone support for their free app customers, and instead only offer online FAQs and forums. So, incase you encounter a problem, and it’s not listed on the FAQ’s, you’re pretty much on your own.

Slow updates. For antivirus businesses, the priority is always their paying customers. Whenever a new threat is detected, they will always patch their paid software first.

Freeware. Because they are running at a loss by providing free software, some antivirus businesses are reportedly bundling adware and other hidden programs with your download to make money on your usage.

Glaring vulnerabilities. Free antivirus software often performs well when tested by review sites, but hackers aren’t out to test your antivirus, they’re out to beat it. Using an antivirus with any holes in it leaves you vulnerable.
At the end of the day there’s a reason free antivirus is free. Businesses want you to upgrade to their premium model, so they won’t give you the full product for nothing.

If your computer doesn’t host any information you are too concerned about losing, and if you’re on a tight budget, free programs can deliver limited protection when used alongside cautious online behaviour. But, even if you don’t care about your data, remember that malwares that bypass your free software could also track your card transactions and online bank logins. Plus, we doubt you’ll be thrilled by the constant pop-ups most free antivirus software use to ask you to upgrade to the full version.

A good antivirus doesn’t have to break the bank. Do your research and find one that fits your needs.  Check out

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