In this day and age it’s important to keep your computer safe and secure as there are plenty of virus’s spreading throughout the net. Unfortunately a majority of those virus’s are designed to attack Windows users which probably means you. With 90% of computer owners being Windows users there are plenty of affordable ways to keep your computer safe from hackers. In fact today I’m going to talk about free security software called AVG which is one of the best ones on the market.

As I mentioned AVG is free and can quickly be downloaded at Download.com. Now I should warn you that like any other type of security software AVG will slow your computer down particularly during it’s start up sequence. However the benefits of downloading this program far out way the cons. For example, AVG updates itself daily which means that you will be protected 24 hours a day from the newest and cruelest viruses and spyware out there. You also have the option to set AVG to scan your computer daily at a time so that wont effect your use of your machine.

Other important security features that the AVG free version comes with include an email scanner, Anti-Virus scanner, and Anti-Spyware scanner. These are very basic features but are crucial in keeping your machine clean from all of that malicious software.

OK i’ve pointed out all the benefits of AVG free but now it’s time to go through the cons. AVG Free version doesn’t come with the following:

  • Anti-Root Kit
  • Anti-Spam
  • Firewall
  • Safe Downloads
  • Safe Instant Messaging
  • Safe Surf
  • Free Support

These features can be useful in certain situations but the general user really doesn’t need all of them to keep their computer safe. Newer Windows machines come with it’s own firewall so there generally isn’t a need to purchase an extra one. Most email services such as Gmail are very good at keeping spam out of your Inbox so the anti-spam service that AVG paid version has really won’t make much of a difference. Safe Surf and Safe Instant Messaging in my opinion both aren’t a necessity in keeping your computer safe. In my opinion it’s as simple as using common sense when receiving files etc from IM clients such as MSN Messenger. If however you feel you need to have all of these missing features you can download the AVG paid version which starts at a decent price of $59.00 Canadian. They also have available a 30 day trial for users that aren’t sure about whether they want to use AVG or not.

There are plenty of other free security software services available in today’s market but I personally think that AVG knocks out the competition. I’ve used it for almost a year now and have had absolutely no regrets whatsoever. They give you a great sense of security for the perfect price(absolutely free), and if you don’t like it your not stuck having already paid for it.

Do you know of any quality security software that is free? Have you ever been attacked by a certain type of Virus or Spyware? What features do you look for in Security Software? I’m very interested in knowing what you have to say so feel free to leave a comment below or send my a reply on Twitter.