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Like Malwarebytes, Trend Micro's House Call 7.1 offers malware cleanup but not realtime protection.
Like Panda Cloud Antivirus House Call uses signatures "in the cloud" rather than maintaining a local signature database.
You can even experiment with multiple free products, as long as you're careful not to run real-time malware protection from two at oncethat can cause problems as they're likely to fight each other.
Whatever you decide, the important thing is to use something.
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Some of the free options come pretty close to those top commercial products.
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1 does an even better job than the commercial products at keeping malware from infesting a clean system, though it's not as good at cleaning up malware that's already on board.
The free edition of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46 does a good cleanup job, particularly against scareware, and because it doesn't have a real-time antivirus component it gets along well with others.
The for-pay versions are the best, but some of the free security software is great, tooand some is terrible. With the vast number of viruses, spyware, and other malware served up alongside Internet content, there's no question that everybody needs security software.
The problem is, not everybody can cough up the cash to buy that protection.
What follows is a survey of the best (and worst) of the free security software I've reviewed, with a select few of the better paid applications and suites for comparison.