Top 8 Best Free Antivirus 2013 Research

By | June 24, 2013

Today, while searching on Internet for the Best Free Antivirus of  the year 2013, I decided to do some research work in a different way. There are many reputed Software Repository Websites found on Internet. These websites provide information about new Software with reviews, technical details, Editor Ratings, User ratings, number of downloads and download links. I did research on these sites EDITOR RATINGS for the popular Free Antivirus Software found on Internet. I selected the following popular Software Download Websites:

1. Softpedia.Com

Softpedia is an Internet site that indexes information and provides software. The site also covers technology, science, health, and entertainment topics from external and in-house sources and provides software and game reviews. As of 2012 it was the 25th most-visited site by Romanians. It is a “popular destination for software download”.

2. Snapfiles.Com 

Snapfiles provides facility to Download freeware and shareware programs, fully reviewed and rated by SnapFiles staff, and user reviews. Trusted for quality downloads since 1997. Downloading quality software is safe and easy with Snapfiles.


CNET (stylized as c|net) is an American tech media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, and podcasts on technology and consumer electronics globally. Founded in 1994 by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie.


PC Magazine provides reviews and previews of the latest hardware and software for the information technology professional. Articles are written by leading experts. PC Magazine is your complete guide to PC computers, peripherals and upgrades. We test and review computer- and Internet-related products and services. Looking for an expert pick? Editors take a look at different products and models and give you their recommendations. A print edition was published from 1982 to January 2009. Publication of online editions started in late 1994 and continue to this day.

The following Free Antivirus Software are ranked:

1. AVAST Free Antivirus


Avast! Free Antivirus represents the best free antivirus protection currently available on the market. This edition is FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial & home use. READ MORE…

2. AVG Free Antivirus


AVG Anti-Virus has gone through many changes over the years but is still one of the handiest free antivirus programs available for personal users. Despite being a free security tool, AVG Anti-Virus is as good as any paid anti-virus app.              READ MORE…

3. Comodo Antivirus Free Edition


 Comodo Internet Security combines Comodo AntiVirus with a personal firewall that filters ingoing and outgoing traffic on your computer. It alerts you of any applications that attempts to connect to the Internet and allows you to permanently or temporarily allow or block the connection

4. Microsoft Security Essentials Free


Developed by the same company that created the popular Windows operating system, Microsoft Security Essential is an antivirus solution meant to keep malicious files away from the computer, offering all the other tools typically integrated within similar products. READ MORE…

5. Avira AntiVir Personal


Avira AntiVir Personal offers the effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private use on a single PC-workstation. READ MORE…

6. PANDA Cloud Antivirus 2.2.0

 Panda Cloud Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you won’t even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud.  READ MORE…

7. BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition


Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition uses top technologies, internationally-renowned for their ability to block emerging threats that other products miss. READ MORE…

8. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+


Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ provides two-way protection encased in an antivirus joined with an anti-spyware engine. This combination ensures a strong shield against Trojans, dialers, rootkits, bots and hijackers. 

The results of this research for the Top 8 Best Antivirus of the year  2013 Research are as follows:

S.# Antivirus CNet Snapfiles Softpedia PCMAG Total=20 Remarks
1 Avast 8 Free, 2013 5/5 5/5 5/5 4/5 19 No:1
2 AVG Free 2013 5/5 4/5 5/5 4.35/5 18.35 No:2
3 Comodo Antivirus Free Edition, 2013 5/5 4.5/5 4.5/5 4.1/5 18.10 No:3
4 Microsoft Security Essentials 4.2, 2013 4/5 5/5 4.5/5 3.15/5 16.65 No:4
5 Avira AntiVir Free 13,2013 3.5/5 4/5 4/5 4.2/5 15.70 No:5
6 Panda Cloud Antivirus Free 2.2, 2013 4/5 3.5/5 4.5/5 3.55/5 15.55 No:6
7  BitDefender Free Edition  4/5*  3.5/5  4/5  4/5**  15.50 No.7
8  Ad-Aware Antivirus+ Free 10.5, 2013   3.5/5  3.5/5  4/5  4.15/5  15.15 No.8

Note: *, ** = Unfortunately, I could not find any ranking for Bitdefender Free Edition
from PCMAG or CNET, but I estimated their rankings or reputation for Paid versions of

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